Sharon M. Louden graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University, School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Weisman Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Louden's work is held in major public and private collections including the Neuberger Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.
Sharon Louden's work has also been written about in the New York Times, Art in America, Washington Post, Sculpture Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as other publications. She has received a grant from the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and has participated in residencies at Tamarind Institute, Urban Glass and Art Omi.
In 2013, Louden received a New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship in the category of Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design.
Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition of new work at Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York (2013) and a solo exhibition at Beta Pictoris/Maus Contemporary Art in Birmingham, Alabama (2013-14). Her work was also included in a group exhibition entitled, "Between Two Chairs, A Book" at the Boghassian Foundation in Brussels, Belgium. A catalogue is available of this exhibition here.
Currently, Louden is working on a new body of work for an upcoming solo exhibition scheduled for the fall, 2015, and a premiere screening of a new animation to debut in 2017. This summer, Sharon will be making an outdoor sculpture commission for Franconia Sculpture Park.
Sharon Louden has taught for more than 20 years since graduating from Yale in 1991. Her teaching experience includes studio and professional practice classes to students of all levels in colleges and universities throughout the United States. Colleges and universities at which she has lectured and taught include: Kansas City Art Institute, College of Saint Rose, Massachusetts College of Art, Vanderbilt University and Maryland Institute College of Art.
Sharon currently teaches at the New York Academy of Art in New York City and at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she is a mentor to graduate students. She also teaches experimental drawing/collage and painting from time to time at the School of Art, Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.
She also conducts a popular Lecture Series at the New York Academy of Art where she interviews luminaries and exceptional individuals in the art world and from afar.
Sharon also interviews luminaries across the country. This past February, Sharon was in conversation wtih Hrag Vartanian at the Burnet Gallery in Minneapolis. She will also be conducting interviews in conversation with Sharon Butler (Fall, 2015) as well as Matthew Deleget and Steven Sergiovanni (Spring, 2016). These conversations are in partnership between the Burnet Gallery and Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
In addition to teaching in colleges and universities, she continues to conduct Glowtown workshops in schools and not-for-profit organizations across the country. In late 2014, Springboard for the Arts became the fiscal sponsor for Glowtown, allowing workshops to be held all over the state of Minnesota.
Louden is also active on boards and committees of various not-for-profit art organizations and volunteers her time to artists to further their careers. Sharon is also a consultant for the Joan Mitchell Foundation, advising their grantees, and conducts webinars for Creative Capital Foundation.
Louden is also the editor of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists published by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. The book is already on its 5th printing since the first run sold out before its official release on October 15th, 2013, and has been #1 on Amazon.com's Bestseller List of Business Art References. It was also on Hyperallergic's List of Top Art Books of 2013. Press includes an interview in Hyperallergic blogazine, "How do Artists Live?" as well as many reviews, blog posts and mentions from publications such as ARTnews, Public Art Review, and others. You can find selected press and information on the book here.
A 61+ stop book tour started on November 2, 2013 which includes Sharon Louden and other contributors visiting cities across the United States through 2015. Highlights include events in the Salon at the Art Basel Miami Beach Art Fair, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, LACMA, the 92nd Street Y, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, The Strand Book Store, MICA and many more stops across the country. For more information on the book tour, please click here. To see snapshots from the book tour, click here.
Sharon Louden was also the commencement speaker for the School of Fine Arts of the University of Connecticut in May, 2014. Louden's Merge permanent installation is located in the Oak Hall building at the University of Connecticut.
Sharon is a full-time practicing, professional artist who lives and works in Minneapolis, MN and Brooklyn, NY.