The SculptureX symposium begins with an all-virtual keynote address by artist, educator, and advocate for artists, Sharon Louden. Her talk, The Artist as Culture Producer, addresses how artists can expand their practice beyond the studio and become change agents. There is a misconception that artists are invisible and hidden, yet artists make a measurable and innovative economic impact in the non-profit sector, in education, and in corporate environments. This talk will examine how today’s contemporary artists add to creative economies through out-of-the-box thinking while also generously contributing to the well-being of others.
Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books, and the Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution. 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.
SculptureX (Sculpture Exchange) is a teaching and networking platform founded in 2010 to catalyze collaborations among educational and art institutions in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, western New York and western Pennsylvania and Ontario. Each year a SculptureX symposium is held to foster an “exchange” of faculty expertise in design, art education, art history, criticism and curatorial practice between regional institutions through visiting speakers, workshops, exhibitions and other events. The symposium involves a set of professional and student level juried SX exhibitions. Click here for more information about SculptureX.