A Sustainable Creative Life: Relationships and Ecosystems
In this two-part workshop, Sharon Louden will offer visual artists strategies for building a sustainable career and creative life. Over two sessions, Sharon will outline basics of artist communications and tools to strengthen professional networks and grow relationships into communities. The workshop series is specifically designed to empower artists, demonstrate pragmatic approaches to sustaining a creative life, and demystify the “artworld.” Louden will share the expertise she has gained through collaborations and conversations with gallery owners, museum professionals, critics, curators, nonprofits, residencies, academics and others in different art communities.
Topics will include:
- Building an audience
- Understanding your place in the art ecosystem
- Building relationships and maintaining contacts
- Mapping and tracking networks and relationships
- Research and database skills
There will be multiple touch-points of correspondence between Sharon and participants throughout the duration of each part that will include extensive sharing of documents and answering of questions. In between these sessions, participants will have access to an online forum where they can stay in touch, share information and resources, and build community outside of the class sessions.
Session One: Monday, March 7, 7-8:30pm ET
Session Two: Monday, March 14, 7-8:30pm ET
Additional one-on-one consultations
After the workshop series concludes, participants will be given the opportunity to sign up for an additional one-on-one consultation with Sharon Louden where she can answer questions specific to each artist’s situation. Consultations are 45-minutes long and take place by phone (or Zoom if you are outside of the US). The price is $120. Sharon will make 20 or more sessions available to those who attend the workshop.
This online workshop series will be recorded. The recordings will be shared with all registered participants after the workshop concludes, regardless of whether a participant attends the live workshop. The recordings will be available online to registrants indefinitely; they are not available for download.
About Sharon Louden
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 Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution. Published in 2013, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life is now in its 7th printing, with sales in 24 countries. From 2013 until 2015, Louden traveled on a 62-stop book tour, where she met thousands of artists. Louden has continued this momentum bringing her second book, The Artist as Culture Producer on an extensive 102-stop conversation tour from 2017-2018. This book is now in its second printing and has also sold in 24 countries as well as adopted in many schools throughout the US. Her newest books, Last Artist Standing and The Innovators: Defining Change in the Art World, edited with Jessica Lynne, were released in 2021 and 2020 respectively.
Sharon is a faculty member in the MFA Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts in New York and a Senior Critic at the New York Academy of Art where she organizes a Lecture Series. In addition to teaching in colleges and universities, 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.