Calendar: The Artist as Culture Producer Tour

Event Description

Join us for an evening all about the artist. This program will serve as a stop on Sharon Louden's 94-stop conversation tour for her book, The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life. Panelists include artist, advocate, and editor herself, Sharon Louden; editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic, Hrag Vartanian; and Miami's very own artists Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova and Michelle Weinberg.

The panel will discuss how artists sustain their lifestyle while also generously supporting other artists. Copies of The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life and Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists will be on sale and available for signing in the auditorium immediately following the discussion.

Sharon M. Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, and editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books.
She graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Weisman Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Louden's 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, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. Sharon Louden has taught for more than 25 years since graduating from Yale University School of Art in 1991.
She is also the editor of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists published by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. From September, 2013 until late May, 2015, Louden went on a 62-stop book tour, where she met thousands of artists from all over the US. Louden has continued this momentum bringing her second book, The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, on an extensive 94-stop conversation/book tour which will launched at the Strand Book Store in New York on March 2, 2017. The last book in the trilogy of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life books, Last Artist Standing, will be published in 2020. 
Sharon is a full-time practicing, professional artist who lives and works in Queens, NY. For more information on Sharon's work, visit her website at 
Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova was born in 1973 in Havana, Cuba and currently lives and works in Miami, FL. He is currently one of the directors of Dimensions Variable (DV), an artist-run project space in Miami.
Rodriguez-Casanova work has been included in exhibitions at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL; Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami, FL; Factoria Habana, Havana, Cuba; Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami, FL; ZONA MACO Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger, Norway; Museo de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY; Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Locust Projects, Miami, FL; Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL; David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL; Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogota, Colombia; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY; Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL.
His work is included in public and private collections in Miami, nationally and internationally. Rodriguez-Casanova's projects have been written about in The New York Times, ARTnews, Art in America, Art Nexus, Sculpture Magazine, The Miami Rail, Temporary Art Review, ArtSlant, Aesthetica Magazine, The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, PBS News Hour and The Miami New Times.
Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic, a publication he created in 2009 in response to the changes in the art world, publishing, and the distribution of information. Breaking news, award-winning reporting, informed opinions, and quality conversations about art have helped Hyperallergic reach over 1 million readers a month. Hrag launched the Hyperallergic podcast in 2016 which travels around the globe to uncover the evolving world of art.
In addition, he has curated projects, exhibitions and has organized public events since 1997. Highlights of his curatorial efforts include exhibitions at BAM, Storefront Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and #theSocialGraph at Outpost, the world's first multi-disciplinary exhibition of social media-related art in 2010. He has visited many universities and colleges as a visiting critic including RISD, Brooklyn College, UC Davis, Pratt, Columbia and UNLV, as well as moderated panel discussions and juried exhibitions for various organizations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and Chautauqua Institution.
Beyond his writing, he is an avid photographer and collector of photographs. He is committed to serious, playful, and radical storytelling that pushes the boundaries of writing.
Michelle Weinberg is a painter who creates art for surfaces, interiors, architecture, and public spaces. She received her BFA from School of Visual Arts in NYC and her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She is the recipient of awards, fellowships and residencies including a Creative Learning Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship in Visual & Media Art, an Individual Artist Fellowship and Artist Enhancement Grant from the State of Florida, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, residencies at MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, homesession and Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, and Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic.
Exhibitions of her work include: FIU Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian Museum, design sublime and Emerson Dorsch Gallery in Miami, Cyan Gallery in Barcelona, Curatorial + Co in Sydney, ARENA and The Hewitt Gallery at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College in Fort Myers, FL, The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA and Islip Art Museum, NY. Commissions include murals for Young at Art Museum, The Wolfsonian Museum-FIU and Facebook offices in Miami, public art projects for Miami-Dade County, City of Tampa, City of Pembroke Pines, Cultural Council of Jacksonville, and City of Hollywood, all in FL.
Weinberg is Creative Director of Girls' Club in Fort Lauderdale, and a consultant to museums and non-profits, developing exhibitions, education programming and more.