Living and Sustaining a Creative Life

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Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists
Edited by Sharon Louden

Published by Intellect Books (2013)
Distributed by University of Chicago Press 

In this day and age, as art has become more and more of a commodity, many students graduating from art school believe that they will immediately make a living as an artist by obtaining gallery representation. One of the goals of this book is to dispel the belief that there is only one way to chart a path into a creative and sustainable life as an artist. This collection of essays is intended to show the reality of how artists -- from the unknown to the established -- juggle their creative lives with the everyday needs of making a living. They share with us in their own words how they are creative inside and outside the studio, both on a day-to-day basis and over the long haul. 

The following artists contributed essays to this book: 

Adrienne Outlaw, Amanda Church, Amy Pleasant, Annette Lawrence, Austin Thomas, Beth Lipman, Blane de St. Croix, Brian Novatny, Brian Tolle, Carson Fox,  David Humphrey, Ellen Harvey, Erik Hanson, George Stoll, Jay Davis, Jennifer Dalton, Jenny Marketou, Julie Blackmon, Julie Heffernan, Julie Langsam, Justin Quinn, Karin Davie, Kate Shepherd, Laurie Hogin, Maggie Michael and Dan Steinhilber, Maureen Connor, Melissa Potter, Michael Waugh, Michelle Grabner, Peter Drake, Peter Newman, Richard Klein, Sean Mellyn, Sharon L. Butler, The Art Guys, Thomas Kilpper, Timothy Nolan,  Tony Ingrisano, and Will Cotton.

Additional contributors include:

Carter E. Foster, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Prints and Drawings, Blanton Museum of Art (Introduction), and a conversation between Ed Winkleman, author, blogger, and former gallery dealer, and Bill Carroll, artist and Program Director, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program (Conclusion).

Published in October, 2013 and now in its sixth printing, the book has sold more than 7,000 copies to date, including over 1,500 e-copies. With sales in over 18 countries, it has become Intellect's #1 best selling publication two years in a row. The book has been translated into Korean, garnered over 45 reviews, been the subject of 15 podcasts and radio appearances, and received more individual feedback than can be counted.

Printed in the United Kingdom by Gomer Press Ltd on sustainably sourced Claro Silk paper using vegetable based inks. Format: 230 x 170mm portrait.