ISConnects at Mana

The Artist as Culture Producer:
Living and Sustaining a
Creative Life

In-Conversation and
Book Signing

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mana Theater
Mana Contemporary
888 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306

ISC Events Department
T 609 689 1051 ext. 302

ISConnects at Mana

The Artist as Culture Producer:
Living and Sustaining a Creative Life

In-Conversation and Book Signing


Join the ISC at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ, on September 14, 2017 for a conversation: The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life. Editor Sharon Louden will be joined in conversation with artist Ariana Barat, artist contributor from The Artist as Culture Producer, Chloë Bass, artist contributor from Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, Sean Mellyn. A book signing will follow. To purchase the book in advance click here.

The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life is a collection of essays by forty visual artists. Edited by artist and educator, Sharon Louden, the book describes how artists extend their practices outside of their studios. All of these contributors use art and serve as impactful change agents in their communities. Their first-hand stories show the general public how contemporary artists of the 21st century add to creative economies through their out-of-the-box thinking, while also generously contributing to the well-being of others. Although there is a misconception that artists are invisible and hidden, the truth is that they furnish measurable and innovative outcomes at the front lines of education, the nonprofit sector, and corporate environments.

The panel discussion will be held in the theater at Mana Contemporary at 6PM. A book signing will follow the conversation. This event is free and RSVP is required. Space is limited. This event is hosted by the International Sculpture Center in partnership with Mana Contemporary. More information is located at Please contact the events department at 609 689 1051 (ext. 302) or

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Ariana Barat
Technically trained as a printmaker, Ariana Barat has worked at the Brodsky Center, Glasgow Print Studio, Lower East Side Printshop, Manhattan Graphics Center, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, and is currently the manager of the Printmaking Department at Parsons School of Design. The processes of printmaking have had a strong influence on her art, as the meticulous nature of the medium has ingrained itself into her drawings, installations, and sculptures. Barat’s work depicts the continuity of time though woven narratives that braid past artistic styles with modern aesthetics. Through her examination of power, she places one foot in the past and the other in the fantastical space of the epic, creating fictional narratives that simultaneously seduce and implicate the audience. The use of repetition in her compositions cautiously illustrates how history repeats itself, while questioning our current political practices.

Chloë Bass
Chloë Bass is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, publication, and installation. Her work addresses scales of intimacy, where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand, and daily life as a site of deep research. Her current project, The Book of Everyday Instruction, is an eight-chapter investigation into one-on-one social interaction. Chloë is a 2017–18 Workspace artist-in-residence at the Center for Book Arts, and a 2017 studio resident at Triangle Arts Association. Her projects have appeared in recent exhibitions at CUE Art Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, James Gallery, and elsewhere. Her forthcoming book will be published by the Operating System in December 2017, and her writing is most often found on Hyperallergic. A native New Yorker, she lives and works in Brooklyn, and is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College, CUNY. You can learn more about her at


Sharon Louden
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. 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. 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. She 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 seventh printing. With sales in over eighteen countries, it has become Intellect Books’ number-one best selling publication for two years in a row. The book has been translated into Korean, garnered over forty-five reviews, is the subject of fifteen podcasts and radio appearances, and received more individual feedback than can be counted. Sharon’s second book, The Artist as Culture Producer, officially launched in March 2017 and is already in its second printing. Louden is taking her books on an extensive ninety-plus stop international conversation tour through 2018.

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Sean Mellyn
Sean Mellyn has been exhibiting his painting, drawing, and sculpture internationally for over two decades. Employing a variety of techniques, Mr. Mellyn’s paintings often have three-dimensional constructions, which toy with the suspension of disbelief. His work can be mystifying, humorous, and sometimes haunting. In 2008, Mellyn was an artist-in-residence at Claude Monet’s Giverny, and in 2013 was the artist-in-residence at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. His most recent work involves blind contour portraiture, furthering the artist’s investigation and interpretation of ways of seeing and being seen. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Denver Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), MoMA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Mr. Mellyn is a graduate of Pratt Institute and lives in New York City.