Sharon Louden “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life” Panel at Art Basel, 2013

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In anticipation of “In Conversation,” Sharon Louden’s panel discussion at The Hirshhorn Museum on Thursday, January 23, Bmoreart wanted to share Louden’s Book Launch and Discussion Panel with Brian Toll, Ellen Harvey, and Shamim Momin (part of the Curatorial Advisory Council of The Contemporary in Baltimore) at Art Basel Miami Beach December 2013.

More Info: In Conversation at The Hirshhorn will occur on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7 pm, Ring Auditorium

Internationally recognized artist Jenny Marketou, Washington DC–based artists Patrick McDonough and Jeff Spaulding, and artist and editor Sharon Louden discuss the issues behind Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists, a new book examining how artists juggle their creative lives with the everyday needs of making a living.

A Q&A session and a book signing follow the conversation. This special event is sponsored and co-organized by Curator’s Office and American University’s Studio Art Program.

Members at the Inner Circle ($500) level and above may reserve two seats per public program at the Museum. To check on the status of your membership or to RSVP, please email or call 202.633.2836.

From left to right: Panelists Jenny Marketou, Patrick McDonough, Jeff Spaulding, and Sharon Louden


Read Bmoreart’s Interview with Sharon Louden by Brian Young here:

Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists
Edited by Sharon Louden

Cover image: George Stoll, Untitled (15 tumblers on a 36 inch shelf #3), 8 3/4 x 36 x 7 1/2 inches, Beeswax, paraffin and pigment on a painted wooden shelf, 2012, photo by Ed Glendinning

Published by Intellect Books
Distributed by University of Chicago Press

In this day and age, as art has become more and more of a commodity, many students graduating from art school believe that they will immediately make a living as an artist by obtaining gallery representation. One of the goals of this book is to dispel the belief that there is only one way to chart a path into a creative and sustainable life as an artist. This collection of essays is intended to show the reality of how artists — from the unknown to the established — juggle their creative lives with the everyday needs of making a living. They share with us in their own words how they are creative inside and outside the studio, both on a day-to-day basis and over the long haul.

Making art and participating in the art world over a lifetime is a challenge, and we can all learn from each other along the way. I am proud and honored to bring these heartfelt stories to the larger public.

The book includes a forward by Carter Foster, curator of drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art, a conclusion by Ed Winkleman, of Winkleman Gallery, and Bill Carroll, Director of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program.

The following artists contributed essays to this book:

Julie Blackmon, Sharon Butler, Amanda Church, Maureen Connor, Will Cotton, Blane de St. Croix, Jennifer Dalton, Karin Davie, Jay Davis, Peter Drake, Carson Fox, Michelle Grabner, The Art Guys, Erik Hanson, Ellen Harvey, Julie Heffernan, Laurie Hogin, David Humphrey, Tony Ingrisano, Thomas Kilpper, Richard Klein, Julie Langsam, Annette Lawrence, Beth Lipman, Jenny Marketou, Sean Mellyn, Maggie Michael, Peter Newman, Tim Nolan, Brian Novatny, Adrienne Outlaw, Amy Pleasant, Melissa Potter, Justin Quinn, Kate Shepherd, Dan Steinhilber, George Stoll, Austin Thomas, Brian Tolle, and Michael Waugh.

To order this book, please visit the University Chicago Press website.

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