Artist Visit: Sharon Louden & Hrag Vartanian TH 4/13/17

As part of the CSUN Distinguished Visiting Speaker Program, The Department of Art and The CSUN Art Galleries are pleased to welcome Sharon Louden and Hrag Vartanian for a discussion and book signing of her most recent book, The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life.  Books will be available for purchase at the event!


Discussion with Sharon Louden & Hrag Vartanian 


CSUN Art Galleries


The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life is a collection of essays by 40 visual artists describing how they extend their practices outside of their studios. All of these contributors have impactful, artistic activities as change agents in their communities. Their first-hand stories show the general public how contemporary artists of the 21st century add to creative economies through their out-of-the-box thinking while also generously contributing to the well-being of others. Although there is a misconception that artists are invisible and hidden, the truth is that they furnish measurable and innovative outcomes at the front lines of education, the non-profit sector, and corporate environments.


Sharon M. Louden (Full CV:

Sharon Louden 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 TimesArt in AmericaWashington PostSculpture 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. 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 Foundation.


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. In 2013, it made Hyperallergic’s “List of Top Art Books” that year. Press includes an interview in Hyperallergic blogazine, “How do Artists Live?” as well as many reviews, blog posts and mentions from publications such as ARTnewsPublic Art Review, the College Art Association Art Journal and others. The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life will be published in 2017 launching at the Strand Book Store on March 2, 2017 as a part of anextensive book tour. The last book in the trilogy of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life books, Last Artist Standingwill be published in 2020.


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Hrag Vartanian (Full interactive CV here:

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic, a publication he created in 2009 in response to the changes in the art world, publishing, and the distribution of information. Breaking news, award-winning reporting, informed opinions, and quality conversations about art have helped Hyperallergic reach over 1 million readers a month. Hrag launched theHyperallergic Podcast in 2016 which travels around the globe to uncover the evolving world of art. He has curated projects, exhibitions, and has organized public events since 1997. Highlights of his curatorial efforts include exhibitions at BAM, Storefront Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and #theSocialGraph at Outpost, the world’s first multi-disciplinary exhibition of social media-related art in 2010. He has visited many universities and colleges as a visiting critic including RISD, Brooklyn College, UC Davis, Pratt, Columbia and UNLV, as well as moderated panel discussions and juried exhibitions for various organizations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and Chautauqua Institution.


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This event is made possible by the CSUN Distinguished Visiting Speaker Program and the Department of Art.



Please also see event page on the Art Space Link website


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