In addition to many other projects, artist Sharon Louden spent the last two years editing Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists, published (and peer reviewed) by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press.
A labor of love for Louden, the book doesn’t offer advice or how-to-succeed-in-the-artworld tips, but rather considers how older artists (including myself) have managed to organize our
lives in ways that allow us to maintain our art practices despite the endless challenges. Let’s face it: the majority of BFA students, realizing that the artworld is fickle and that commercial success is elusive, will quit making art by the time they turn thirty to do something more practical–like go to law school or get an MBA. But then there’s the rest of us, our numbers dwindling each year. For anyone teaching a professional practices course or an MFA seminar, this book should be required reading. Louden writes that as
art has become more and more of a commodity, many students graduating from art school believe that they will immediately make a living as an artist by obtaining gallery representation. One of the goals of this book is to dispel the belief that there is only one way to chart a path into a creative and sustainable life as an artist. This collection of essays is intended to show the reality of how artists — from the unknown to the established — juggle their creative lives with the everyday needs of making a living. They share with us in their own words how they are creative inside and outside the studio, both on a day-to-day basis and over the long haul.
Including a forward by Carter Foster, curator of drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art, a conclusion by Ed Winkleman, of Winkleman Gallery, and Bill Carroll, Director of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life features essays by Julie Blackmon, Sharon Butler, Amanda Church, Maureen Connor, Will Cotton, Blane de St. Croix, Jennifer Dalton, Karin Davie, Jay Davis, Peter Drake, Carson Fox, Michelle Grabner, The Art Guys, Erik Hanson, Ellen Harvey, Julie Heffernan, Laurie Hogin, David Humphrey, Tony Ingrisano, Thomas Kilpper, Richard Klein, Julie Langsam, Annette Lawrence, Beth Lipman, Jenny Marketou, Sean Mellyn, Maggie Michael, Peter Newman, Tim Nolan, Brian Novatny, Adrienne Outlaw, Amy Pleasant, Melissa Potter, Justin Quinn, Kate Shepherd, Dan Steinhilber, George Stoll, Austin Thomas, Brian Tolle, and Michael Waugh.
Louden is in the process of organizing booksignings and events, so if you would like to schedule one for your school or organization, contact:
Amy Damutz, North American Representative, Intellect Books, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists, Edited by Sharon Louden. Published by Intellect Books, Distributed by University of Chicago Press.
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