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 new works on paper and paintings were recently on view at Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York from September 8 through October 8th, 2016. In addition, 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. On May 6, 2017, she will be premiering a new animation for a screening of abstract film in the theater of the East Wing at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
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 the 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 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. She also contributes to various organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts.
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.
Published in October, 2013, the book is now in its sixth printing. With sales in over 18 countries, it has become Intellect Book's #1 best selling publication two years in a row. The book has been translated into Korean, garnered over 45 reviews, the subject of 15 podcasts and radio appearances and received more individual feedback than can be counted.
From September, 2013 until late May, 2015, Louden went on a 62-stop book tour, where she met thousands of artists from all over the US. Louden has continued this momentum bringing her second book, The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, on an extensive 80-stop book tour which will launch at the Strand Book Store in New York on March 2, 2017. The last book in the trilogy of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life books, Last Artist Standing, will be published in 2020.
The Ford Foundation has endorsed the The Artist as Culture Producer Conversation Tour with fiscal support for events that cross-pollinate book contributors with local artists in communities who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to participate.
For more information on Sharon's work, visit her website at www.sharonlouden.com.
Sharon is a full-time practicing, professional artist who lives in Minneapolis, MN and works in New York, NY.