Since Sharon Butler began her career in the 1990s, her work has explored the tension between mechanical, often screen-based, imagery and traditional painting, navigating between the two approaches, translating from one to the other and back again. Her work has been written about in The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, artcritical, The New Criterion, The James Kalm Report, Time Out New York, Tussle, and New York Magazine. She has received awards and residencies from Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Connecticut State University, Pollock Krasner Foundation, Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, Pocket Utopia, and Counterproof Press.
In 2007, while a faculty member in the Digital Art concentration at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT, Sharon founded Two Coats of Paint, an award-winning blogazine that focuses on contemporary painting. The project has expanded to include other initiaves, including a small residency program and a podcast. In 2023, she was inducted into two celebrated art organizations -- American Abstract Artists and the International Association of Art Critics.
While a grad student in the MFA Program at the University of Connecticut, she studied painting and printmaking with Deborah Dancy, Laurie Sloan, Gus Mazzocca, Walter McConnell, and William E. Parker. She also has a BA in art history from Tufts University and a BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she worked with Rob Moore and Dean Nimmer.
For nearly fifteen years Sharon taught at Eastern, where she received early tenure and achieved the rank of Full Professor.
Since 2013, she has lectured at many notable universities and art organizations including Brown University, Cornell University, Vermont Studio Center, Penn State, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, New York Academy of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hoffberger School of Painting(MICA), School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, and both of her alma maters -- UConn and MassArt.
Sharon lives in Long Island City (Queens, NY), has a studio in Brooklyn, and rents space in Old Mystic, CT, near her hometown.
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