• We received an amazing review by Ayden LaRoux of Glasstire of "The Artist as Culture Producer:"

  • While at the Encaustic Conference last month, I was very excited to have won a prize, to name a new color from Evans Encaustics. I shared this opportunity with artist Tim Doud and we took the "oud" in both of our last names to create "Oud Blue." Check it out!

  • If you happen to be in Midtown, New York, check out this exhibition which includes my "Community" animation:
    Hearst Galleries
    June 22, 2017 - ongoing

  • I'm thrilled to announce that I am one of 17 recipients of the 2017-2018 award of a year-long rent-free studio space in DUMBO, Brooklyn. 17 visual artists were selected from over 1,300 applicants by an initial review with four past studio artists: Valerie Hegarty (’04), Sarah Peters (’07), Debra Priestly (’13), Blane De St. Croix (’14), followed by a final selection with jury members Sanford Biggers, Matthew Deleget, Deborah Kass, Nathlie Provosty (’09), and Jean Shin. 

    The recipients for 2017 are Laura Bernstein, Anna Betbeze, Todd Bienvenu, Derek Fordjour, Angela Fraleigh, Hong Seon Jang, Osamu Kobayashi, Doron Langberg, Sharon Louden, Bridget Mullen, Narcissister, Jose Rodriguez, Brie Ruais, Martha Tuttle, Brandi Twilley, Penelope Umbrico, and Jaimie Warren. The residency period will last from September 2017 through August 2018, with an open studios weekend to be scheduled for spring 2018.

    For more information, click here. Come visit! Happy to share this experience with other artists. 

  • The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life
    Edited by Sharon Louden
    94-stop conversation tour launched March 2, 2107 and will conclude at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans on May 26, 2018

    Published by Intellect Books
    Distributed by the University of Chicago Press.

    The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life is a collection of essays by 40 visual artists. Edited by artist and educator Sharon Louden, the book describes how artists extend their practices outside of their studios. All of these contributors have impactful, artistic activities as change agents in their communities. Their first-hand stories show the general public how contemporary artists of the 21st century add to creative economies through their out-of-the-box thinking while also generously contributing to the well-being of others. Although there is a misconception that artists are invisible and hidden, the truth is that they furnish measurable and innovative outcomes at the front lines of education, the non-profit sector, and corporate environments. 

    An extensive schedule of programming of a 94-stop tour is supporting the book’s publication throughout 2017 and into May, 2018. Building upon the success of the previous 62-stop book tour that supported Ms. Louden’s first publication, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists, panel discussions, symposia, and town-hall forums are planned across the country and abroad. Artists are being cross-pollinated among regions through the expansive public conversations between important stakeholders in each community, including contributors to the book, local artists, critics, non-profit participants, thought leaders, and other members of the general public. Through these events, participants learn about, lend voices to, and be inspired by the vast range of influence that visual artists exert on society. As with Louden’s last book tour, important data and information is being culled from these events, increasing our understanding and valuing of artists as culture producers today.

    For more information, please click here.

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