Yale alumna to lead discussion on ‘Living and Sustaining a Creative Life’

A photo of artist and author Sharon Louden.

Sharon Louden, an artist, educator, and advocate, will moderate a panel at Yale on Tuesday, Sept. 12 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism. Louden’s visit is also sponsored by the Traphagen Fund and the School of Art.

The discussion, titled “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life,” will take place at 6 p.m. in the Yale School of Art’s Sculpture Department, 36 Edgewood Ave., Rm. 204. The event’s panelists include Yale alumni Ellen Harvey LAW ’93, Dr. Alpesh Patel ’97, and Chloe Bass ’96.

Louden is the editor of the “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life” series of books, which aim to showcase how artists’ creativity contributes to their communities and to the well-being of others. The first book in the series is in its seventh printing. After its publication, Louden went on a 62-stop book tour at bookstores and art museums throughout America, where she met thousands of artists.

Louden’s own artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery. Her work has also been discussed in numerous publications, including The New York Times and Art in America.

After graduating with an M.F.A. from Yale in 1991, Louden has taught studio and professional practice classes to students at all levels at institutions nationwide, among them the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Vanderbilt University. She sits on boards and committees of several not-for-profit art organizations, and often works with artists to help further their careers.

Louden lives in the Jackson Heights section of Queens, New York, where she is a full-time practicing, professional artist.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of media outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Ta-Nehisi Coates, Hilton Als, and Lindy West. 

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