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Yale School of Art Alumni Panel: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life

Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, and advocate. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. 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. She has taught studio and professional practice classes to students at all levels at several institutions. She graduated with an MFA from Yale in 1991. She will be moderating a panel with three other Yale alumni. Co-sponsored by the Traphagen Fund, the Poynter Fellowship, and the School of Art.

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Fine and visual artists create artwork to communicate ideas. Some visual artists work independently and some create art commissioned by others. Often a studio artist's goal is to be self-supporting solely though his or her art, but this requires a certain level of success and renown. Many artists take on freelance work, are hired to work in another artist’s studio, or are employees of companies that produce visual materials (such as publishers and advertising agencies). Others create their art while supporting themselves by working in unrelated industries.

Things to Consider

Building on one's talent and skill is critical, through practice, education, training, and review (by others). Developing a portfolio of one's work is necessary, as is presenting one's work to the public. Become involved with your surrounding community and develop and maintain professional contacts.

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