Born 12/8/1950, Cleveland, OH


Douglas Max Utter is an exhibiting painter and art critic based in Cleveland Ohio. He was educated in part at Case-Western Reserve University and has taught painting and drawing courses at the University of Akron, Kent State University, and Cleveland Institute of Art. Utter’s work in painting and criticism has been recognized with a 2011 Creative Workforce Fellowship (disbursed through CAC / CPAC), three Individual Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, the Best Painting Award at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s May Show (1987), and journalism awards from the Cleveland Press Club (among others). To date his prints and paintings have been shown in 40 solo shows in Cleveland, New York, Phoenix, and Germany. In addition he has published several hundred reviews, articles, and essays in the pages of Sculpture Magazine (Washington, DC), Architects Newspaper (New York), Art Papers (Atlanta), the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Northern Ohio Live, New Art Examiner (Chicago), Angle (a journal of arts and culture Utter co-founded with Amy Sparks and Dan Tranberg, 2003-2006), Artefakt, Dialogue, the Cleveland Free Times, Cleveland Scene Magazine, Fiberarts, Ceramics Monthly, and for MOCA Cleveland, the John J. McDonough Museum, Kent State University Press, and various galleries and individuals. He is the recipient of a 2013 Cleveland Arts Prize, Lifetime Achievement Award.