LECTURES & WORKSHOPS
Interfaces of Art and Science. This is a true interdisciplinary program
with art and science woven organically into each other. The artist will
discuss such projects as the public art piece she created,
“Soil: Alive with Life” and the extensive
scientific research that went into creating it. Sharon brings these
vital microorganisms alive with humorous and interesting stories.
Sharon will also present the art and research that went into creating
Mysteries of the Marsh, a permanent exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert
She will also present her art work inspired by her many
expeditions and collaborations with scientists,Including one to the
Peruvian Amazon with the Field Museum and Conservation International,
another to Brazilian Amazon where she documented the lifeways of the
Yanomami people and also recently to another area of Peru where she
went hunting for rare orchids with John Janovec, who started Andes to
Amazon Biodiversity Program and Eric Christensen , orchid expert.
The whole presentation features her art work in many mediums including,
ceramic, glass and bronze in the sculptural realm and watercolors on
antique ledger paper, art prints and collages. Sharon can also give in
depth lectures on particular Science and Art subjects such as:
“The Yanonmami” Indigenous People’s of
the Venezuelan and Brazilian Rainforest that Sharon spent time with and
created related bodies of artwork
“Amazonian Expedtions” In this lecture Sharon can
focus in more depth upon her participation as artist on 5 Scientific
Expedtions to the Brazilian, Venezuelan and Peruvian Amazon.
She can also cover more specifically any of the art fields she is an
expert in, such as bronze casting, glass casting, ceramic sculpture,
printmaking, watercolor and working in the field, or any combination of
Please contact Sharon to schedule a speaking engagement. She is
comfortable with speaking to all ages and levels, from children to
graduate level courses. A hand on work shop can also be added to the
initial inspiring presentation. For example at De Paul she facilitated
a drawing workshop where students drew from her bronze sculptures and
preserved scientific specimens such as, turtles, fish, shells and more.
Workshops can also include sculpting in self hardening clay, wax or
ceramic that is fired if there are facilities for such work.
TEACHING, LECTURES &
VISITING ARTIST EXPERIENCES
Lectures at De Paul University, “Interfaces of Art, Science
and Nature”, Graduate Level and Undergraduate, 2013
Speaker at the International Sculpture Conference, Art and Science
Wild Things Conference, Lecture about Openlands Public Art Project,
Artist in Residence, Workshops, Lectures and Exhibition, McHenry County
SEA (Self Employment in the Art) Conference, Lecture and Student
portfolio Critiques, North Central College, 2011
Barrington High School, Juror and Lecture, Barrington, Il, 2005
South Suburban College, Keynote address for Arts Conference,2001
Visiting Artist, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL. 2000
Artist in Residence, Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, IL.1999
Visiting Artist and Lectures, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL.
Instructor, Art and Science in the Woods, Sun Foundation, Peoria, IL.
Sculpture Instructor, The Arts Center, Highland Park, IL. 1996