The Artist as Culture Producer: A Conversation

March 18, 2017 / 6:00pm

Free + open to all

This program will take place offsite at: 

2900 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

Sharon Louden, editor of "The Artist as Culture Producer" moderates a conversation with artists Tim DoudZoe Charlton, and Sarah Kabot about the issues of how artists sustain their creative lives. Audience participation welcomed. Book signing to follow.


Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, and editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books including The Artist as Culture Producer. Sharon's work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and her work is held in major public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. As an extension of her work in her studio, Sharon is a Senior Critic at the New York Academy of Art in New York City where she organizes a popular Lecture Series, interviewing luminaries and exceptional individuals in the art world and from afar. Sharon is also a consultant for the Joan Mitchell Foundation, advising their grantees, and conducts webinars and consultations for the Creative Capital Foundation. Sharon's first book, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life is now in its sixth printing. With sales in over 18 countries, it has become Intellect Book's #1 best selling publication two years in a row. The book has been translated into Korean, garnered over 45 reviews, the subject of 15 podcasts and radio appearances, and received more individual feedback than can be counted. Sharon's second book, The Artist as Culture Producer, officially launches on March 2, 2017 at the Strand Book Store in New York City, followed by an extensive book tour.

Sarah’s work has shown nationally and abroad, at institutions including The Suburban (IL), Smack Mellon (NY), the Akron Museum of Art (OH), the Museum of Contemporary Art (OH), the Drawing Center (NY), the Peabody Essex Museum (MA), Denny Gallery (NY), and Tegnerforbundet in Oslo, Norway. In 2013, Sarah completed two large public art commissions in Ohio.

Recent honors include residencies at Dieu Donne Papermill (NY), a Swing Space residency through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NY), the Headlands Center for Art (CA), and UCross (WY). Her work is in the public collections of the West Collection, the Cleveland Clinic, and Progressive Insurance. Sarah has been the recipient of several grants and prizes including the 10th semi-annual Dave Bown Prize, a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship, and 2015 and 2010 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards. Additionally, her work has appeared in Sculpture Magazine, the New York Times online, and the Village Voice.

Sarah received her BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design in 1998, and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2002. She is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Drawing Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio.


Tim Doud paintings and drawings address two seemingly distinct bodies of work, one figurative and one abstract. These bodies of works serve as a backdrop to broader discussions around constructed identities, branding and commodity culture. He graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an M.F.A in Painting and Drawing. He attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Recent exhibitions include Curator's Office, Washington, DC, RandallScottProjects, Baltimore, MD, New Bedford Museum of Art, Tacoma Art Museum, and the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC. He has received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Midwest), The Pollock Krasner Art Foundation, DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities and participated in the Marie Sharpe Foundation's "Space" Program in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been included in exhibitions at PS1 (MOMA) in New York City, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Artists Space in New York City and the Frye Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, Galerie Brusberg, Berlin and MC Magma, Milan, Italy. Tim Doud is currently an Associate Professor at American University. Tim lives and works in Washington, DC.


Zoë Charlton creates drawings that explore the ironies of contemporary social and cultural stereotypes. She depicts her subject's relationship with their world by combining images of culturally loaded objects and landscapes with undressed bodies. She received her MFA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting (Skowhegan, ME, 2001), Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD, 2003), and Art342 (Fort Collins, CO, 2010). Her recent exhibitions include ConnerSmith. (Washington, DC, 2013), Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, DE, 2009), and Wendy Cooper Gallery (Chicago, IL, 2006). Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions including the Harvey B. Gantt Center (Charlotte, NC, 2015), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR, 2014), Studio Museum of Harlem (NYC, NY, 2012), Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX, 2000), the Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, Poland 2006), and Haas & Fischer Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland, 2006). She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant (2012) and Rubys grant (2014) . Charlton is an Associate Professor of Art at American University in Washington, DC. She resides in Baltimore, MD. zoë