Scott Stulen

Scott Stulen is an artist, dj, curatorand programmer of Open Field at theWalker Art Center. He has developed innovative on and off-line programming including Community Supported Art (CSA) in partnership with Springboard for the Arts, Drawing Club, Headphone Festival, Analog Tweets and the Internet Cat Video Festival.

Stulen is the project director of, an online art hub serving over 20,000 Midwest artists and director of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers.

Big Idea: “Happy Mutant Smorgasbord”

Humor can get us through the workday, but for play, we need other people and the willingness to suspend all self-consciousness with them. Scott Stulen shares lessons gathered from Open Field, a three-year experiment in participation and public space at the Walker Art Center. From Live Action Role Playing to a weekly drawing club, to an Internet Cat Video Festival, Open Field is rooted in the idea that we need to learn and practice being together through playing, sharing, creating, conversing, daydreaming, and socializing.