The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life by Sharon Louden

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Sharon Louden’s accumulation of essays, written by artists about their experiences living creatively, chronicle the role art and artists have in society and serve as both a guideline and source of inspiration for anyone seeking to live a creative life.

The Artist as Culture Producer is a collection of essays by 40 visual artists. Edited by artist and educator Sharon Louden, the book describes how artists extend their practices outside of their studios. All of these contributors have impactful, artistic activities as change agents in their communities. Their first-hand stories show the general public how contemporary artists of the 21st century add to creative economies through their out-of-the-box thinking while also generously contributing to the well-being of others. Although there is a misconception that artists are invisible and hidden, the truth is that they furnish measurable and innovative outcomes at the front lines of education, the non-profit sector, and corporate environments.


2017. Softcover; 402 pages, 62 black & white and color photographs, installation views, video stills, and images of prints, paintings, drawings, sculptures, assemblages, and installations, LH 6.75” x 9”