Artist, educator, advocate and editor Sharon Louden, the juror for the University of Central Arkansas’s Annual Student Art Competitive at the Baum Gallery, will lecture March 1 in McCastlain Hall 143.

Louden is best known for her installation works and for editing the “Living and Sustaining A Creative Life” series.

The lecture, scheduled for 1:40 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Louden’s work can be found in major collections, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, among others. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Art in America and various other media sources.

As an educator, Louden’s career began in 1991. She has great experience teaching studio and professional practice classes. She is also a faculty member in the MFA Fine Arts program at The School of Visual Arts. Louden also serves as a senior art critic at The New York Academy of Art.

“I have been aware of Sharon’s work of over 20 years, beginning with her drawings, then sculpture and installation and more recently video,” Brian Young, director of the Baum Gallery, said. “As such, I am confident that her ability to judge work across different media will be seamless and experience-based.”

Louden received the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program 2017-2018 award, which gave her a rent-free studio space to present art and work on new pieces. She has been on a 62-stop book tour with the “Living and Sustaining A Creative Life” series she edited and has recently agreed to be the senior editor of a new series that will begin in 2020.

The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Music, and Film, Theatre and Creative Writing, as well as the School of Communication. The College’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit or call 501-450-3293.

By Jennifer Buckley
College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office