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 Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.
Her work has also been written about in the New York Times, Art in America, Washington Post, Sculpture Magazine, ARTnews and the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as other publications. She has participated in residencies at Tamarind Institute, Urban Glass, Franconia Sculpture Park, Society of the Four Arts and Art Omi.
In 2013, Louden received a New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship in the category of Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design and was a Finalist for the CoD+A Awards for her commission of “Merge,” a permanent site-specific installation at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. Previous awards include a grant from the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Certificate of Merit by the Illuminating Engineering Society of America and the Bronze Palm Award from the Mexico International Film Festival.
Louden’s site specific installation "Windows" is currently featured in a solo exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art, which is a commission on view through May 29, 2016. This sculpture installation consists of suspended aluminum includes interdisciplinary components: Arden Weaver, a theatrical lighting designer contributed ighting while Andrew Simpson, a composer and musician, composed music that is in response to "Windows."
In addition, on May 7, 2017, Louden will be premiering a new animation for a screening of abstract film in the theatre of the East Wing at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
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 many institutions 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.
She also organizes 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 its sixth year, this series of conversations began again on September 23, 2015 and will continue through March, 2016.
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 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 currently in its 5th printing since the first run sold out before its official release on October 15th, 2013, and was #1 on Amazon.com's Bestseller List of Business Art References. It was also included 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, the College Art Association Art Journal and others. You can find selected press and information on the book here.
A 62 stop book tour which started on November 2, 2013 and concluded on May 29, 2015 included Sharon Louden and other contributors visiting cities across the United States. 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 photographs from the book tour, click here.
Louden is currently working on a second edition of "Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Artists as Culture Producers" which will be published by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press in 2017, followed by a national book tour in the same year.
Sharon is a full-time practicing, professional artist who lives and works in Minneapolis, MN and New York, NY.