The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) is pleased to announce a visit by artist Sharon Louden as part of its John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series. Sharon Louden is an artist, senior critic at the New York Academy of Art, and editor of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists. Published in October 2013, the book is now in its sixth printing. Louden and Graeme Sullivan, director of the Penn State School of Visual Arts, will discuss The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, the second book in Louden’s series, on Wednesday, March 15, 4:30–5:30 p.m., in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.
With sales in more than 18 countries, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists has become Intellect Book's number-one best-selling publication two years in a row. From September 2013 until late May 2015, Louden went on a 62-stop book tour, which included the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Basel Miami Beach, and many others. Louden's second book, The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, will launch at the Strand Book Store on March 2, 2017, as a part of an extensive 80-stop conversation/book tour. Louden’s 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, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. It 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. Louden holds an M.F.A. from Yale University and a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.