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We are pleased to announce our Keynote Speaker for the 11th International Encaustic Conference:
Artist, Author, and Critic Sharon Louden!

Title of her talk: Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life

Sharon Louden

Sharon Louden

Sharon Louden holds a 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, Birmingham Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and 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.

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" 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. 

From September, 2013 until late May, 2015, Louden went on a 62-stop book tour, where she met thousands of artists from all over the US. Some of the venues who participated included LACMA, the Hirshhorn Museum, Strand Bookstore, Art Basel Miami Beach, the 92nd St Y in New York City, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia 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. The last book in the trilogy of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life books, "Last Artist Standing," focusing on artists over 50 years of age, will be published in 2020. 

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