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In this day and age, when art has become more of a commodity and art school graduates are convinced that they can only make a living from their work by attaining gallery representation, it is more important than ever to show the reality of how an artist sustains a creative practice over time.

The essays collected in Living and Sustaining a Creative Life are written by forty working artists in their own voices and take the form of narratives, statements and interviews. Although each story is different and unique, the common thread is an ongoing commitment to creativity, both inside and outside the studio, that helps define what "success" means to a professional artist today.

Hear editor Sharon Louden, collector Werner H. Kramarsky, gallerist Edward Winkleman and artist contributor from the book as well as Whitney Museum of American Art 2014 Biennial Curator Michelle Grabner discuss what it means to sustain a creative life in the visual arts.

 

Brief Bio

Sharon Louden is an artist who graduated with her MFA from Yale University and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in many museums and galleries and is in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Fine Arts Houston among other places. Louden lives and works in Brooklyn and her work is represented by Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York City.


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