The Artist as Culture Producer
Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, and editor of two books: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists and The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life. Louden will discuss artist sustainability models from her new book, The Artist as Culture Producer. The book’s contributors share how they extend their practices beyond their studios as impactful change agents in their communities. These first-hand stories show the general public how contemporary artists of the 21st century add to creative economies 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 nonprofit sector, and corporate environments.
Louden’s work has been exhibited in many museums and galleries worldwide and is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. She is also active working for many nonprofit organizations and is a Senior Critic at the New York Academy of Art in New York.
Cover of “Artist as Culture Producer”. “Fort Mose” by Zoe Charlton, 2014. Collage, stickers, graphite, and gouache on paper 30 x 22 inches. Photography by Greg Staley