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Jan 30, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
MFA Fine Arts presents a talk by Sharon Louden, an artist, educator, advocate for artists and editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books, including The Artist as Culture Producer.
Louden's work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Her 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 and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. Sharon is a 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. She is also a consultant for the Joan Mitchell Foundation, advising their grantees, and she conducts webinars and consultations for the Creative Capital Foundation.
Sharon's first book Living and Sustaining a Creative Life is now in its seventh 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, has garnered over 45 reviews, is the subject of 15 podcasts and radio appearances, and received more individual feedback than can be counted. Sharon's second book, The Artist as Culture Producer, officially launched in March 2017 and is already in its second printing. Louden is taking her books on an extensive international conversation tour through 2018. 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 would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate.