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THE ARTIST

Sharon Tesser

Sharon Tesser holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis with a specialty in Illustration and studied at the Studio Art Center International in Florence Italy for Art History and Restoration. She worked as a freelance illustrator for several years and has published pieces with the St Louis Post Dispatch, Little Brown, McGraw Hill, and Lark Publishing.

During a 21 year hiatus from professional art, Sharon became the very busy CEO of her family. Her family consists of 7 children and wonderful husband. As the children began leaving the nest, the artwork began in earnest. Utilizing a love of textiles and her commitment to recycling, she began deconstructing clothing and linens and then hand dying the fabric. The images made are from original sketches and built up with the dyed fabric. The finished textile is completed using several layers of fabric and wrapped onto maple board. Computers are not used in the creation of her work.

Awards

    2108

    • Images Art Festival 2018, New Smyrna, FL, Best of Category

    2017

    • Featured Artist, South University Art Fair, Ann Arbor Art Fair 2017
    • Kentuck Folk Art Festival 2017, Northport AL, Patron’s Award of Excellence
    • St. James Art Fair 2017, 1300 Association, 2nd Place Red Ribbon Award

    2016

    • Winterfair Cincinnati Award of Excellence 2016
    • Cloth, Paper, Scissors Magazine Winter 2016, Award of Excellence Honorable Mention

    2015

    • Art in Speed Park 2015, Sellersburg IN, Award of Excellence
    • Highland Park Art Fair 2015, Highland Park IL, Best of Category
    • Highland Park Chicago Fine Art Fair Award of Excellence 2015
    • Barrington Art Fair 2015, Barrington IL, Best of Category Fiber
    • St James Art Fair 1st Place Best of Show 2015 Louisville, KY
    • Woodland Art Fair Best of Category 2015 Lexington KY
    • Woodland Art Fair 2015, Lexington KY, Best of Category Fiber/Leather
    • Summerfair 2015, Cincinnati OH, Best of Category Fiber
    • Winterfair 2015, Cincinnati OH, Award of Excellence

    2014

    • St James Art Fair 1300 Association 2014, Louisville KY,  First Place Best of Show
    • Best of Ohio Winner 2014 “Breaking Beans” Quilt Surface Design Scholarship Award
    • Rising Sun Indiana QUILTFEST 2014, First place Award Winner Art Quilts
    • Art Business Institute Winter Conference Phila, PA 2014 Full Scholarship Award Recipient
    • Art Quilts, Celebrating 25 years of QSDS, “Grief” chosen 2014

    2013

    • Southern Indiana Art Exhibition 2013, First Place Fiber
    • Sacred Threads Juried Quilt Exhibition 2013, “Day at the Beach” Traveling to 6 States

    Published

      • “The Tails of Truffles” Written by Clarice Duits, Published 2015, Illustrated by Sharon Tesser
      • Art Quilting Studio Stampington Press January 2014
      • Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits Lark Publishing April 2013
      • Art Quilting Studio: Stampington Press June 2013
      • ART QUILTING STUDIO MAGAZINE, WINTER 2013 — “Finding the extraordinary in the Ordinary”
      • ART QUILTING STUDIO MAGAZINE, SUMMER 2013 — “Father’s Day”
      • LARK PUBLICATIONS, Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits, April 2013
      • She has pieces in private and corporate collections in the US and abroad

      Juried State Artisan Associations

      • Indiana Artisan
      • Kentucky Crafted

      For more art from Sharon Tesser visit her fine art site at http://sharontesser.com.

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