Sharon M. Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, and editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books.
She 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 December, 2016. This sculpture installation consists of suspended aluminum includes interdisciplinary components: Arden Weaver, a theatrical lighting designer contributed lighting while Andrew Simpson, a composer and musician, composed music that is in response to "Windows."
Sharon Louden has taught for more than 25 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, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Vanderbilt University and Maryland Institute College of Art.
Sharon is currently a Senior Critic at the New York Academy of Art in New York City where she organizes a popular Lecture Series, interviewing luminaries and exceptional individuals in the art world and from afar. In its seventh year, this series of conversations will begin again in September, 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.
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 and consultations for Creative Capital Foundation.
She 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. Since selling out the first run before its publication in October 2013, the book is now in its fifth printing. The book was #1 on Amazon.com's Bestseller List of Business Art References and has been sold in 18 countries. In 2013, it made Hyperallergic's "List of Top Art Books" that year. 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 was organized by Sharon who paired contributors with local artists in various event forums, including panels, symposia and town hall meetings. Lasting from November 2013 to May 2015, highlights of the tour included events in the Salon at the Art Basel Miami Beach Art Fair, Hirshhorn Museum, LACMA, 92nd Street Y, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Strand Book Store, and MICA, to name a few. 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 book entitled,The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, which will be published in early 2017 again by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. The last book in the trilogy of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life books will be entitled Last Artist Standing and will be published in 2018. Both books will be accompanied by extensive book tours across the country.
Sharon is a full-time practicing, professional artist who lives in Minneapolis, MN and works in New York, NY.