HAUSMATES: Portrait of a Member, February Edition

CultureHaus makes up the coolest community in Colorado.

Get to know your fellow art lovers as we put the spotlight on a different member each month.


Full Name
Karlie McLaughlin


Where can we find you? (on the internet or in the real world)
You can typically find me exploring the diverse music scene across Denver (when live music is a thing ☹), riding my bike through the city as often as possible, playing spikeball in the park (my favorites are Cheesman and Wash Park) or having a cocktail and dinner at one of the many delicious restaurants in the city. During the day, you’ll find me working to connect the arts and creative industries with businesses as the Membership and Development Director of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA).

Tell us about your favorite CultureHaus event(s) you’ve been to?
I’d have to say that the last Signature Event, Art of Monet: An Evening in the Garden has been one of my favorites thus far. I am biased though, as I had the privilege to co-chair the event with my fellow board members, Matuya Brand and Cristina Gonzales. It was a lot of fun being able to help plan this event with the board and then see it all come together. We were able to work with numerous local performing and visual artists who helped make it an unforgettable evening alongside the transcendent work of Claude Monet.

CultureHaus, The Art of Monet: An Evening in the Garden Gala 1/25/20. The Denver Art Museum 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy Denver CO 80204

What is your most memorable experience or exhibit at the Denver Art Museum?
I actually worked at the Denver Art Museum as a Visitor Operations Assistant back in 2015 during the exhibition, Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio. Being in the gallery day in and day out with those same pieces of art gave me a very memorable impression of the Wyeths’ work. I’ll never forget the very moody and emotional vibe the art and curatorial elements created in the gallery. I still think a lot about the paintings, “A Portrait of a Pig” and “Pumpkinhead.”

What is your favorite way to experience art in Denver?
On a First Friday in the Santa Fe Art District!

Do you have a favorite local artist? What is your favorite piece or exhibit from them?
While I can’t pick just one favorite artist, there is an artist whose work I’ve been particularly interested in lately and following, Adrienne Norris. Her Women Behaving Badly series features women from the past who have made a mark on society, but whose stories may have been forgotten over the years. You can check out some of her work at:

Share an experience with a piece of art or an artist that made an impression on you.
Very recently I attended the Carne y Arena exhibition at the Stanley Marketplace, which was an immersive installation incorporating virtual reality to tell the story of immigrants crossing the Mexico border. It was a very compelling experience to basically step into the shoes of the refugees and be part of what I imagine was a truly terrifying and dangerous situation for them. The exhibition elicited a lot of empathy and helped me understand the human condition of immigrants and refugees more fully.

What are you reading, listening to, or watching right now? Or what are you working on?
I’m currently reading “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” by Alicia Elliott, which is about the ongoing effects of personal, intergenerational and colonial traumas that the author and many other Native people have experienced. The author’s writing is very personal and thought-provoking. I highly recommend it. 

I’m watching the newest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, because I’m obsessed (rooting for Kandy Muse or Gottmik). Shantay, you stay!

Tell us something unique about yourself!
I grew up on a farm in Texas and had pigs, goats and chickens as pets. Also, I love to hula-hoop!

Can you share a link to your favorite local artists or their work?

Audre Lorde Postcard

Why would you recommend CultureHaus?
I’m probably not the first person to say this, but I would recommend CultureHaus because of the people! Also the exclusive art experiences both in and outside of the Denver Art Museum that are so unique to what CultureHaus provides is definitely a reason to become a member.