Sharon    Sandberg


Born: Oak Park, Illinois


      1988     Universite d’Aix-Marseille III, Institude des Etudes Francaises
                    pour Etudiant Etranger

      1987      MFA The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

      1980      BFA Grand Valley State University

      1978    Slade School of Fine Art University College, London

Sharon Sandberg has served on many jury panels and advisory boards, including the Michigan Artist Program (OMAP) that selected exhibitions of Michigan artists at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. She was one of 3 Jurors on the 1994 Visual Fellowship Awards Panel for the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Sandberg has received numerous awards for her paintings and several Visiting Artists Residences and Faculty Development Grants. She has taught as a visiting Professor at the School of Art at UM, Ann Arbor and acted as Visiting Scholar/Artist in Japan in 2004 and again in 2009.

Beyond 4 extended stays in Japan, Sharon has traveled widely in Europe and participated in taking university students on summer programs for study in London, Paris and Aix-en-Provence, France for Grand Valley State University. In addition to Northern Europe, Sandberg has visited and studied the Art of Greece (primarily Crete),Italy (Rome, Florence and Pompeii) and most recently China and Korea (particularly as they acted as a genesis for the Art of Japan.) She has lived for extended periods of time in London, France and Japan. This theme of travel was set early as an exchange student to Germany, when still a teenager. Such experiences in diverse cultures and the ruins of past or lost civilizations have always informed her painting and nourished her inner landscape...or inscape.

In 1989, and for most of the 1990’s, Sandberg taught Basic Design and Drawing for Grand Valley State University in Michigan. From 1997 until the present (2010), Sharon has been Head of Painting at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she remains today. The development of young painters and artists has played an important role in her ongoing Art Practice.

Sharon has exhibited widely in museums, galleries and universities in the Midwest and Internationally, including Chicago, London and Brisbane, Australia. *

She has had solo shows at Chicago’s Sazama Gallery, The Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Central Michigan University, Ferris State University, Krasl Art Center, Aquinas College and Hefner Galleries in Grand Rapids, MI, Saginaw Art Museum and the Grand Rapids Art Museum. In addition, she has participated in 2 and 3 person exhibitions at Calvin College, South Bend Art Center, LaFontsee Gallery, Aquinas College and at Creekside APT Gallery and Studios in Deptford, London, England and at Kingston University, London, England.

Sandberg’s group shows in the United States include: Schaff Gallery in Cincinnati, Henry Ford Community College (Detroit), Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Central Michigan University, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Slusser Gallery, UM, Ann Arbor, Sheldon Swope Art Museum, (Terre Haute, Indiana), Grand Valley State University, Northwest Indiana University, Sazama Gallery, (Chicago), Muskegon Museum of Art, Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill), Joy Emery Gallery (Grosse Pointe, MI), Pontiac Art Center, Michigan State University, Saginaw Art Museum, Ella Sharp Museum, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids), The Community House in Birmingham, MI, Birmingham - Bloomfield Art Center, the Art Center of Battle Creek and La Jolla Gallery in La Jolla, California.

Her work is in many private and public collections that include the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Meijer Sculpture Garden, Spectrum Health Heart Center, The Cooke Dewitte Medical Center, The University of Michigan, Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College, Varnum Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett and the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Japan. Her work is in private collections across the US, France, Australia and Japan.

*For a complete listing of collections and exhibitions, a full Vita is available here (.pdf).