Art & Livelihood

3:40-4:45pm, 3rd floor

The truest measure of success isn't the money an artist makes -- but it doesn't hurt.

In this panel, attendees will hear from local creators that turned their passion into a sustainable lifestyle. 

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Andy Juett, Sexpot Comedy

Andy spent 14 years helming media outlets like Clear Channel, CBS and Max Media and most recently had a part in growing the largest Comedy radio station in the world, Denver's Comedy 103.1. Andy also is one of the country's foremost comedy producers, co-owning Sexpot Comedy, producing television and music videos like the upcoming Season Two of Hidden America with Jonah Ray, TJ MIller's 'Denver' music video and starring in his own web series. Andy left corporate media in June of 2014 to make comedy and all of its facets, his full time life's passion.


Lauri Lynnxe Murphy is an artist, writer, and independent curator living and working in Denver, Colorado. She did her undergraduate work at the Metropolitan State College in Denver and received her MFA from The Ohio State University on University Fellowship in 2012. In 2005 she was the first recipient of Westword’s Mastermind Award in Visual Arts, and in 2006 was chosen Best Arts Advocate by the Rocky Mountain News.  In 2010 she curated an exhibition for the Biennial of the Americas, titled Objectophilia, in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. 

Christy ThackeR, Birdy 

Christy is owner and editor-in-chief of Birdy Magazine, a monthly documentation of art, culture and local talent of the current time in Denver, Colorado. Her experience as a curator and producer has lead her to work for and collaborate with several publications, radio stations, non-profits, youth and homeless services and international outreach programs. Her path is simple: Art is resistance. 


Kinsey Zaïre

Kinsey Zaire is a visual artist. Passionate about creating in general, she builds applications as a software engineer by day and makes everything from VR experiments to large-scale installation commissions by night. 


Ravi Zupa’s images are drawn and painted by his hand. He considers books the best way to experience art and has spent decades studying art from cultures and movements that span history and originate from nearly all geographical regions. Being entirely self-taught, he looks for inspiration in works by German Renaissance print makers, Flemish primitives, abstract expressionists, Japanese woodblock artists, Mughal paintings, religious iconography from Europe, Asia and Pre-Columbian Latin America, and revolutionary propaganda the world over. With a distaste for ironic art or the thoughtless appropriation of culture, he integrates seemingly unrelated images in search of something universal.