About

Sharon Pierce McCullough

ARTIST STATEMENT

“Art is entwined in my being.  It always has been.  As I explore a more free expression of my art, working with acrylics, I find that my art is taking on a life of its own.  What I have in my head as a starting point, is soon overcome by my hand.”

“My work has progressed over the past 20 years, starting with works done primarily in prismacolor pencil.  I have experimented with mixed media, collage and gouche, as well as acrylics.  I love the juxtaposition of geometric shapes and animal forms. COLOR is an integral part of my work.  My creative direction has led me towards painting with acrylics on large canvases, utilizing brushes, fingers, toes, rollers or anything that will perform as a tool.  ”

BIO

Sharon Pierce McCullough, a multi-disciplinary artist and sculptor, was born in Granite City, Illinois in 1943.  She currently resides in the Cashtown area of Pennsylvania. Her use of vivid colors has always been one of the most striking aspects of her work, with geometrics being the most repetitive theme. Her paintings reflect meaning relative to self, relationships and choices one makes in life.  Her sculptures, reflective of her love of simplicity, make use of ordinary and recycled materials to create unique, organic pieces of art. An underlying thread of “fun” has always permeated her works.

McCullough’s current body of work includes large canvas paintings and life-size sculptures.  Some of her most recent sculptures combine the use of thick glass, metal, mosaics and cement to cover large armatures constructed from steel and rebar.  Her definitive style continues in her sculptures with the use of bold colors of glass combined with the ordinary look of cement.  There is a spontaneity to her work as she explores the relationship of positive and negative space, color and form.  Her original artwork has been collected and displayed in private homes, businesses, children’s hospitals and public buildings across the country.

McCullough attributes her love of whimsy and lightheartedness to the years she spent raising her five children.   Her designs can be found on giftware, cards, rugs, paper products and home decor.  She is also a Children’s Book Author/Illustrator.  Sharon’s work is included in numerous public and private collections.

Sharon started her professional career as an artist in 1992.  She developed a style during her early years as an artist that is naive, yet childlike, working primarily with colored pencils.  Her use of vivid colors is one of the most striking aspects of her work, with animals being the most repetitive theme. This early  work, which is very recognizable, appeals to both adults and children. Many of  her early works were published by the New York Graphic Society, with several images still in print.  She is an author/illustrator of many Children’s Picture Books.

 

Awards:

2016 – Sculpture Design Award,  Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir NC

2016 – Judges Merit Award, Sculpture Celebration 2016, Lenoir NC

2015 – First Place for Sculpture,  Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania

 

Exhibitions:

Solo

  • Color Me Happy,  Adams County Arts Center, Gettysburg, PA May 2014
  • Color, Color Everywhere,  Gallery 30, Gettysburg, PA   2012
  • Blue Parrot, Gettysburg, PA  2008

Group

 

  • 2018, (scheduled) Caldwell Arts Center, Lenoir NC  (sculpture)
  • Eye of the Beholder, MFA Circle Gallery, Annapolis MD (sculpture)
  • La Vie en Bleu, Strathmore Arts, North Bethesda, MD, January 2017 -February 2017
  • Fur, Feathers & Fins, Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomons MD Oct 2016 – Feb 2017
  • Sculpture Celebration 2016, Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir NC Sept 2016
  • Sculpture Celebration 2015, Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir NC  Sept 2015
  • Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, HBG. PA, May 2015
  • 2015 Biennial, Rochester Fine Art Museum, Rochester NH  June 2015
  • Found in Transition, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg PA April 2015
  • Fall Art Show, ACAC, Gettysburg, PA  October 2014
  • Schmucker Gallery, Gettysburg College May 2014
  • Abstracts, ACAC, Gettysburg, PA  October 2013
  • Virginia Art & Craft Festivals, Annandale VA  1998- 2009
  • Artfest, Harrisburg PA   2007
  • deCordova Museum “Gallery on the Go”, Lincoln, MA 2002-2005
  • Harrisburg Arts Council Exhibit, Harrisburg PA  2005
  • Richmond Art in the Park, Richmond, VA  2003

Residencies:

Artist in Residence, Adams County Arts Council Star Grant, in conjunction with the Migrant Education & ESL Summer Program, July 2006

Project: 2D Tropical Art Collage created from participating children’s art.

Artist in Residence, Franklin Township Elementary School (Gettysburg School District), January 2004   Every child in the school took part in this project.

Project: Life-size Paper Mache figure over a wood/ wire armature.

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