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, 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 last October through November, 2013 and a solo exhibition at Beta Pictoris/Maus Contemporary Art in Birmingham, Alabama, which was on view through February 16, 2014. Her work was also included in a group exhibition entitled, "Between Two Chairs, A Book" at the Boghassian Foundation in Brussels, Belgium, which closed on September 7th of this year. However, a catalogue is available of this exhibition here.
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. She also teaches experimental drawing and collage in the School of Art at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.
Sharon 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.
In addition to teaching in colleges and universities, she continues to conduct Glowtown workshops in schools and not-for-profit organizations across the country. 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. In 2015, Sharon will be a consultant for the Joan Mitchell Foundation, advising their grantees, and will be conducting 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 over 50 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 50+ stop book tour started on November 2, 2013 which includes Sharon Louden and other contributors visiting cities across the United States through spring, 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 and many more stops across the country. For more information on the book tour, please click here.
Finally, Sharon Louden was the commencement speaker for the School of Fine Arts of the University of Connecticut this past May 10, 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.