SUNY Oneonta News

November 22, 2010



ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Yolanda Sharpe, professor and chair of the SUNY Oneonta Art Department, has been awarded an international Fulbright Scholar grant to teach, conduct creative research, and produce her art at the Krasnoyarsk School of Fine Arts in Russia during the spring 2011 semester.

As part of the grant, Sharpe will teach watercolor and acrylic painting, and mixed media techniques to students in the school's graduate program. She will also complete mixed media drawings for a solo exhibition of her work in the art gallery of the Krasnoyarsk School of Fine Arts. As the third component of the grant, she will develop collaborative online exhibits with Russian artists at the school, in the City of Krasnoyarsk, and at SUNY Oneonta.

A recipient of the 1994 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Sharpe joined the SUNY Oneonta faculty in 1987. Prior to that, she earned her MFA in painting and printmaking from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and taught at Michigan State University. At SUNY Oneonta, she teaches courses in painting, watercolor, drawing, and design.

Sharpe developed a new course in encaustic painting at SUNY Oneonta, and the college's Martin Mullen Gallery presented a solo exhibit of her encaustic paintings series, entitled "Urban Fragments," earlier this semester. The works in the series focus on and celebrate her memories and observations of her hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

Sharpe is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2010-2011. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

More information about the award is available from Sharpe at (607) 436-3327 or



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