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Kathleen Sharp
Prior to my earliest work in art quilts in the Washington DC area,  I had pursued a career in community mental health during which time I took evening courses in drawing, painting, and art history.  Two events sparked my interest in the quilt medium in 1977.  The first was a course by noted quilt historian and teacher, Elly Sienkiewicz;  the second was college level training in surface design.  
Living in Paris, France for the next several years, I exhibited, taught quilt making, and consumed an abundance of art resources.  A move to the US west coast in the 1980's brought myself, spouse, son, and dog to a present home in California's San Francisco Bay area.  
Twenty plus years of full-time studio work has fostered an evolution of my own unique processes and ideas.  I also enjoy teaching multi-level studio workshops on creative approaches to quilt making in which textiles, paper, clay, oil pastels, paint, and journaling process are utilized.  My work has been sold and exhibited continuously since 1978.
         Stanford University, Palo Alto CA                                   Alza Corporation, Palo Alto CA 
         Hewlett-Packard Corporation, Palo Alto CA                City of Sunnyvale, Sunnyvale CA 
         Marble Associates, Cambridge MA                               Loma Vista Obstetrics, San Jose CA 
         Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, northern CA sites 
1999  Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe NM, two-person exhibit. 
           Stanford University, Stanford CA, invitational group art quilt exhibit. 
           California Design 2000, San Francisco CA, juried. 
           Connell Gallery, Atlanta GA, "Comments on the American 20th Century," invitational. 
           Smithsonian Institution Tour Exhibits "Full Deck Art Quilts," continuing tour.  

1998  Delaware County Historical Museum, Delphi NY, “Shifting Visions: The Quilt As   
                    Contemporary Art,” invitational. 
           Smithsonian Institution Tour Exhibits "Full Deck Art Quilts:" 
                    Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA 
                    Spruill Center for the Arts,  Atlanta, GA 
                    Longmont Museum, Longmont, CO 
                    Lied Discovery Children's Museum, Las Vegas, NV 
                    Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA 
         Houston International Quilt, "Tactile Architecture," juried. 
           Robert Allen Fine Art, San Francisco CA, “Quilts X 6,”invitational. 
           Judith Litvich Contemporary Fine Art, San Francisco CA 
           Penny-Nii Quilt Art, Stanford, CA  @ 
1997  Smithsonian Institution Tour Exhibits "Full Deck Art Quilts:" 
                    Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile  AL  
                    N.E.Harrison Museum  of Art, Logan UT  
                    Museum at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY  
                    Fresno Art Museum, Fresno CA 
            Hitachi Corporation, Santa Clara, CA 
            American Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose CA  "Dwellings," invitational. 
            Robert Allen Fine Art, San Francisco CA, “Quilts X 6,”invitational. 

1996  Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz CA  "The Art Quilt," invitational exhibit curated by art staff. 
            Bank of America World Headquarters, Plaza Gallery, San Francisco CA, "Quilts for the Next 
                   Century," invitational. 
            Art Concepts Gallery, Walnut Creek CA  "Material Expressions," five quilt artists + five  
            Smithsonian Institution Tour Exhibits "Full Deck  Art Quilts:" 
            Southern Illnois Art Gallery, Wittington, IL   New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA 
            Central Florida Community College, Ocala, FL  Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV 
            William King Regional Arts Center, Abingdon VA 
            Northern Telecom Corporate Headquarters, Santa Clara, CA invitational 

1995   Kurts Bingham Gallery, Memphis TN "1995 Memphis Studio Quilt Invitational." 
            Sun Gallery, Hayward CA, "Out of the Ordinary: Extraordinary Versions of Everyday Things. 
            Smithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery, Wash DC, "Full Deck Art Quilts," 4-year tour. 

1994   Regional Center for Art, Walnut Creek CA, "New Directions: Quilts for 21st Century,"  
            Ginza Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, "Art Quilt International," invitational. 
            Sierra College, Rocklin CA, "Studio Quilts," invitational. 
            Contract Design Center, San Francisco, CA "California Design '94," juried. 

1993   Decatur Museum (National Trust) Washington DC, "Tactile Architecture," juried. 
            Olive Hyde Gallery, City of Fremont CA, 25th Anniversary Textile Exhibition, juried (award). 
            Smithtown Township Arts Council, St James NY "New Green Quilts," invitational. 
            Baulines Craft Guild Gallery, Corte Madera CA, "Media: Fiber," invitational. 
            Leone-Nii Gallery, Mountain View CA "International Contemporary Quilts" invitational. 
            Syntex Corporation Gallery, Palo Alto CA "1993: Year of American Craft," invitational. 
            Council Chambers, Town of Los Gatos CA, "Musing the Arch" one-person invitational. 

1992  Contract Design Center, San Francisco CA, "California Design '92," juried. 
            Decatur Museum, (National Trust) Washington DC "Tactile Architecture," juried. 
            Pacific International Quilt Festival, Burlingame, CA “New Quilts in Northern California.” 
            Civic Center, Frankfort KY, "Contemporary Quilt as Art Form," invitational. 

1991   Auburn Art Center, CA "Originals: Innovations in Contemporary Quilts, " juried. 
            Decatur Museum (National Trust) Washington DC, "Tactile Architecture," juried. 
            Tapestries Gallery, Palo Alto CA "Architectural Quilts," one-person. 

1990   Decatur Museum (National Trust) Washington DC, "Tactile Architecture," juried. 
            American Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose CA "Archispace," Two-person. 
            Olive Hyde Gallery City of Fremont, CA, 21st Annual Textile Exhibit (award). 
            Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County, CA "Focus on Architecture," two-person. 
            Sunnyvale Arts Center, Sunnyvale CA, "Geometry in Prints and Textiles," two-person. 
            Los Gatos Museum, CA "Los Gatos Threads Invitational 1990," group invittational. 

1989   Painted Lady Gallery, Sutter Creek CA "Barking at the Moon," invitational. 
            New Pieces, Berkeley CA, "Music 1989."  group invitational. 

1988   College of Architecture Gallery, Texas A&M Univ, TX "Visual Articulations," juried. 
            Metropolitan Museum and Art Center, Coral Gables FL, "We the Women," invitational. 
            Banaker Gallery, Walnut Creek CA, "Focus: American Baskets & Fiber" invitational. 

1987   Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont CA "Bay Currents" invitational two-person. 
            California Craft Museum, San Francisco CA, "Flying Colors" juried banner exhibit. 
            American Museum of Quilts, San Jose CA, "A Woman's Point of View" invitational. 
            Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont CA, Bay Area Arts & Craft Guild (Best of Show). 
            American Quilters Society, Paducah KY, National Juried quilt show (award). 

1986   Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA, "Temporary Contemporary," invited craft  
                  artist for "Tokyo: Form & Spirit" special event 
            Seipp  Gallery, Palo Alto CA, Invitational 20-yr retrospective SF Bay Area fiber. 
            Arts Guild of Sonoma, Sonoma CA, featrued artist. 
            Palumbo Gallery, Carmel, CA featured quilt artist. 

        Open education (academic and fine art studio courses) at following institutions:  
                  University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 
                  George Washington University, Washington, DC 
                  University of Virginia, George Mason at Fairfax, VA 
                  University of North Carolina, Raleigh NC
      Women of Taste: A Collaboration Celebrating Quilt Artists and Chefs, 
                  Jen Bilik editor, C & T Publishing, Concord CA 1999 
      Fiberarts Design Book VI, Lark Books, 1999 
      Living With Quilts: 50 Great American Quilts, Phyllis George, GT Publishing NY 1998 
      The Art Quilt, Robert Shaw, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates 1997 
       Fiberarts, Jan/Feb 1998, p.68 photo  
       Art Quilts: Playing With A Full Deck, Pierce/Suit, Pomegranate Artbks, San Francsco CA 1994  
       Artweek, Vol 27, # 4, April 1996  p. 3 (photo)  
       Fiberarts Design Book V, Lark Books,1995  
       The Sourcebook of Artists, The Guild, 1995 (cover)  
       San Jose Mercury News, July 23, 1995, Arts p. 4-5, 12  
       Fiberarts, March/April 1995, pp 52-56  
       Threads, March 1995 p. 72  
       Quilter's Newsletter October 1994, p. 18  
       Quilting International March 1994, pp32-41 
       San Jose Mercury News, Feb 20, 1994 p. 3H 
       Surface Design Journal, Spring 1992 (cover) 
       Fiberarts Design Book  IV, ,Lark Books 1991 
       Fiberarts, Nov/Dec 1991, pp 48-55 
       American Craft, Oct/Nov 1991, p. 79 
       San Francisco Chronicle, October 1991 
       The Guild: A Sourcebook of American Craft Artists, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999 
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