Sharon Louden was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1964. She holds an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 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.
In addition, Sharon Louden is a Senior Critic at the New York Academy of Art and the editor of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists. Louden is currently working on a second book entitled, The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, which will be published in early 2017 by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press.

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Eyes Towards the Dove
Infinite Industries The Generosity of Cultural Production: A Conversation with Sharon Louden
Visual Arts Hub Artists hang up the hero costume
Bmore Art Artist as Cultural Producer
The Index Beauty is Underrated
Artsy Can Only Rich Kids Afford to Work in the Art World?
ArtsATL “Creativity is a human right”: a conversation with Sharon Louden
Burnaway Sharon Louden Gives Atlanta Talk on “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life”
Structure and Imagery Opening this week
artcritical TIPS: A not-so-short shortlist of shows opening Thursday, September 8
Two Coats of Paint Painting: Fall preview Manhattan edition
Two Coats of Paint Sharon Louden: Consultants, careers, and community
New York Times An Ethereal World, Explored Breath by Breath
Sculpture Sharon Louden at the Tweed Museum of Art
Two Coats of Paint Geometric Abstraction Update in DC
The Conversation Project Sharon Louden on Creativity: Boredom Has Been An Amazing Trigger
Two Coats of Paint Sharon Louden: Animated life
Secrets of the City Sharon Butler: Two Coats of Paint
Asheville Art Museum Community: Sharon Louden
Neoteric Art
Public Art Review

"Less Starving: Artists share their secrets on making a living from their work"

Folly Magazine

'Merge' Install at The Weisman Art Museum

Time Out New York

Johnson, Paddy "Sharon Louden, Hedge"

The New York Times

"Something New, Something Animated" Benjamin Genocchio February 12, 2006

The Fox Is Black Sharon Louden Paints An Abstract Community
Sculpture Magazine

Sharon Louden: Visual Discovery

Art In America
The Philadelphia Inquire

Newhall, Edith "Zipping, morphing, digitally animated scans of drawings"

Seattle Post Intelligencer
Artists Share How They Make Money While Doing What They Love
The Chautauquan Daily
National Gallery of Art Film Calendar
Ciné-Concert: Abstract Animation Since 1970-Artist Sharon Louden in person p. 13
Intellect Catalogue
"Living and Sustaining a Creative Life" edited by Sharon Louden
Hyperallergic How Do Working Artists Live?
Contemporary Drawing as Idea and Process
Art In America

'Merge' Install at The Weisman Art Museum