The Barriers, 2021
oil on panel
20 x 28 in 50.8 x 71.1 cm
Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books, and the Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution.
Sharon 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.
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 Creative Capital and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. She is the editor of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists, The Artist as Culture Producer, Last Artist Standing and the Senior Editor of a 10-book series of books focusing on amplifying voices of individuals in the arts.
She has received funding for her book tours from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the Ford Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts among many other organizations. You can find more at sharonlouden.com, livesustain.org and art.chq.org.