Blue horizontal brushstrokes on a thick yellow background

Sharon Louden, The Barriers (2021). Oil on panel. 16 x 12 in. Photo by Chris Gallo.

Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, editor of the "Living and Sustaining a Creative Life" series of books. She is a visionary leader with decades of experience as an educator in academia, community builder & catalyst connecting underrepresented artists with established institutions, and collaborator by convening initiatives with siloed stakeholders across the non-profit and business sectors.

Sharon 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. Recent additions to museum collections include a painting from the “Community” series acquired by the National Gallery of Art and a drawing by the Henry Art Gallery at University of Washington in Seattle, WA.

Sharon's visual vocabulary is reflected in paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations, and animations.