Bio + Resume

Several of my works focus on the Universe’s hand coupled with the choices we make that bring us to where we are at this moment in time. I capture the energy of place and explore the theme of man vs. nature. Recent travels abroad have especially impacted my work. Interested in the documentation of memory and place, I strive to find beauty in often overlooked structures and spaces. At times, commentaries on the changing environment and social references surface in the work.

I love my other focus, public art, because it has the ability to remove the intimidation factor of art that so many people in our society experience. Art in public spaces becomes embedded in one’s sub-conscious, a part of daily life that one embraces without even contemplating it. Experiencing art in the everyday, where one least expects it is delightful and important. Creative place making communicates distinctiveness and generates connections across communities. I am thrilled to be a part of this process.

Honors & Grants
Project Art Aid + Knight Foundation Matching Grant, 2014
Community Supported Art Artist, Arts and Science Council, Charlotte, 2013
Best Local Artist, BOB Awards, Charlotte Magazine, 2012
Exhibition Program Committee Member, McColl Center for Visual Art, 2012
Quasimodo Project Public Art Committee Member, 2012
Arts and Science Council Regional Artist Project Grant, 2011
Seventh Street Windows, McColl Center for Visual Art grant, 2011
Arts and Science Council Regional Artist Project Grant, 2009
Grant Panelist, Arts and Science Council, 2009
Juror, 30 Small Works, Gallery Up, 2009
Best Local Artist-Charlotte, 2009
Best New Artist-Charlotte, 2008
Golden Key Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2002

Public Art
2016
CATS Transit 11th St. and I-277 Underpass murals, Blue Line light rail, Charlotte, NC
2014
United Buddy Bear sculpture, Main Library, Charlotte, NC
Piano Project painting commission, ASC + Charlotte Center City Partners
ArtPop! Billboard project, ASC + Adams Outdooor
News Rack Art Initiative, ASC + Charlotte Center City Partners
Live painting, 6th & Tryon Pocket Park for Find Your Center, Charlotte, NC
Mural, digital print on vinyl, Cornelius Arts Center, Cornelius, NC
2013
History of Concord Walkway Mural, digital media on metal, City of Concord, NC
Dirty Art Club Music & Baran Dance Collaboration, performance, Pecha Kucha
ASC Community Supported Art Project, fifty paintings on canvas, Charlotte, NC
Friends of the Library Gala, live mural painting, Main Public Library, Charlotte, NC
2012
Taste of the New South Gala, live painting, Levine Museum of the New South
2011
CATS Transit, 25th St Station art design, Blue Line light rail, Charlotte, NC
2010
Triangle Transit Bull City Connector bus shelters, Durham, NC
2009
CATS Transit TPSS, signal houses, & cc’s design, Blue Line light rail, Charlotte, NC
2008
Arts and Science Council public mural on vinyl, Central Avenue, City of Charlotte

Residencies
United Buddy Bear Artist, Berlin, Germany, March 2014
Wall Poems Inaugural Artist-in-Residence, Artspace 525, Charlotte, NC, Nov 2013
David and Julia White Colony, Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica, 2013
Tyrone Guthrie Center, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, April 2012
McColl Center for Visual Art, Summer Affiliate, Charlotte, NC, April-Sept 2011
NES Artist Residency, Skagastrond, Iceland, July 2010

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2014
Sharon Dowell: Re_, Gallery Seventeen, Greenville, SC
2013
Sharon Dowell: Against The Tide, Water Works, Salisbury, NC
2011
Urbanscapes, Adler Gallery, Asheville, NC
Shift, Dialect Design, Charlotte, NC
Thank You Universe, Plaza Muse, Charlotte, NC
2010
Pendulum, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Sharon Dowell: Substrata,  Duke University, Louise Brown Gallery
2002
Swing, Cone Center Gallery, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Selected Exhibitions
2015
Post Haste: Sharon Dowell + Christopher Thomas Campbell, Twenty-Two Gallery, Charlotte
2014
Art Faculty Biennial Exhibition ’14, UNC- Charlotte, Rowe Galleries, 2014
Art Fields, Lake City, SC
2013
Forged Landscapes: Sharon Dowell + Ahmad Sabha, Ross Gallery-CPCC, Charlotte
12″ x 12″ Show, Gallery Seventeen, Greenville, SC
Grand Opening Exhibition, Gallery Seventeen, Greenville, SC
2012
In & Out, Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC
New Works, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
Art Faculty Biennial Exhibition ’12, UNC- Charlotte, Rowe Galleries, 2012
Studio 12, McColl Center forVisual Art, Charlotte, NC
Petit Et Local, Dialect Design, Charlotte, NC
reCOLLection, Mona Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Beauty (Sharon Dowell, Martha Whitfield, Molly Wilbanks, Heather Freeman, Shane Agostinelli, and Mary Tuma), Women Centered Art Center, Charlotte, NC
The Green Shadow, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
Momentum: Charlotte Artery, Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Small Works, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
Group Show, Rodger LaPelle Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
North Carolina Museum of Art Auction, Raleigh, NC
Transfusion: Charlotte Artery, Charlotte, NC
3D, Culture Initiative Pop Up Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2010
Tram Bui, Sharon Dowell, & Francisco Mora, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
Kantry Days, NES, Skagastrond, Iceland
Crash: Sharon Dowell, Sean Richards, & Derek Toomes, Flanders Art, Raleigh, NC
Converging Trajectories, Modified Arts, Curator: Ted Decker, Phoenix, AZ
30 Small Works, Gallery Up, Rock Hill, SC
Charlotte Artery Winter Show, Charlotte, NC
Ten, Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Winter Show, Green Hill Center, Greensboro, NC
Summer Show, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN
2009
KiptonART silent auction, Friends of the Arts Benefit, Christies New York
The Boom Collective, Helac & Wirth, New York, NY
City/Country, Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Structurally Sound, Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC
2008
Elements: Sharon Dowell & Susan Poindexter, Thomas Deans Gallery, Atlanta
Winter Show, Green Hill Center, Greensboro, NC
New Artist Preview, Flanders Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Structures, The Gallery at Carillon, Charlotte, NC
Seen & Unseen: Sharon Dowell & Patrick Glover, Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte
2007
Systems Go: Sharon Dowell, Kenn Kotara, Laura McCarthy, Iredell Museums, Statesville, NC
Generations 07, A.I.R. Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY
Wish You Were Here 6, A.I.R. Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY
2006
Tiny Treasures, Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Assorted Candies, The Arthouse, Charlotte, NC, Curator: Sharon Dowell
Winter Show, Green Hill Center, Greensboro, NC
Lucky #7 Summer Invitational, Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte, NC
New & Hot North Carolina, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Wish You Were Here 5, A.I.R. Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY
Generations 06, A.I.R. Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY
2005
Members Show, The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC
Wish You Were Here,  A.I.R. Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY
Grand Opening, Spaghetti Western, Los Angeles, CA
Vantage Point, Shain Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2004
Charlotte on Canvas, Shain Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Generations 04, A.I.R. Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY
2000-2001
Prevailing Human Spirit, Society of Illustrators Museum, New York, NY
Recycled Art juried exhibition, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL

Lectures & Public Speaking 
Sharon Dowell on Business and Art, Charlotte Artist’s Guild, Mint Museum, 2016
TEDxCharlotte, Sharon Dowell: Anxiety as Fuel for Artistic Creativity, 2014
Sharon Dowell on Public Art: An Artist’s Perspective, Mint Museum, 2014
Sharon Dowell on Forged Landscapes, CPCC, 2013
Leadership Charlotte Panelist Speaker, Foundation of the Carolinas panel, 2013
East Mecklenburg High Guest Art Lecturer, Bechtler Museum Summer Art Camp, 2012

Community Engagement 
UMAR Arts Center Volunteer
Regional Individual Art Grants Panelist, ArtsGreensboro, 2015
Condom Couture Fundraiser Planning Committee, Planned Parenthood, 2015
Community Supported Art Grants Panelist, Arts and Science Council, 2014
Exhibition Program Committee Member, McColl Center for Visual Art, 2013-present
Cultural Project Grant Panelist, Arts and Science Council, 2009
Que-Os/Quasimodo DNC Project Public Art Committee Member, 2012
Mayor’s Legacy Village Artist, Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, NC 2012
YMCA Junior High Kids Exquisite Corpse Project, McColl Center for Visual Art, 2011
Arts Editor, Seen Uptown Magazine, 2011
Juror, 30 Small Works, Gallery Up, Rock Hill, SC, 2009
Big Sister, Big Brother-Big Sister Program, 2004

Collections 
BLT Steakhouse (Ritz Carlton) Charlotte
Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group, Charlotte
Carmel Country Club, Charlotte
Chevington Associates, Charlotte
Citiline Resortline, Charlotte
Del Frisco’s Steakhouse, Houston
Duke Energy, Charlotte
Federal Reserve Bank, Charlotte
Fidelity Investments, Raleigh
Renaissance Hotel-Washington, DC
DC Marriott-Chicago O’Hare
Parker Poe, Raleigh, NC
Pricewaterhousecoopers, Charlotte
Saffron Fields Winery, Oregon
SPX Corporation Headquarters, Charlotte
Stillwater Plastic Surgery, Charlotte
Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Press
South Park Magazine: “Sharon Dowell: The Artist Who’s Everywhere,” July 2015
Charlotte Observer: “Charlotte City Council Oks artists for light rail,” Jan 2015
TEDxCharlotte: “Sharon Dowell: Anxiety as Fuel for Artistic Creativity,” Oct 2014
Town Carolina Magazine: “String Theory,” July 2014
Charlotte Viewpoint Magazine, “Capturing The Energy Of Place In Paint,” Feb 2014
Made In The Carolinas: Sharon Dowell, TWC News video feature, 2014
Charlotte Magazine: “Split Tickets: Charlotte’s Cultural Sector,” Nov 2014
Creative Loafing, Cover with John Love, Jr., Thanksgiving 2013 issue
WFAE News, Julie Rose Interview: “New Take On Collecting Gives Donors A ‘Taste’ of Local Art,” July 2013
Charlotte Business Journal, Cover, Dec 2012
WCNC News, Sonja Gantt Interview of Sharon Dowell and John Hairston, Jr., Sept 2012
Creative Loafing, “Q & A With Sharon Dowell,” June 2012
Charlotte Observer: “Sharon Dowell: Painter and Public Artist,” Nov 2011
Charlotte Magazine: “Who’s Next?” Cover and feature article, Sept 2011
McColl Center for Visual Art Youtube: “Sharon Dowell: 2011 Open Door Interview”
Seen Uptown: “Sharon Dowell: Profile”, March 2011
Studio Visit Magazine-Volume 10, featured artist
Art Business News, Preview, Cover, March 2005

Education & Work Related Experience
Painter, Public Artist, 2002-present
Community School of the Arts Instructor, 2015
Gallery Coordinator/Adjunct Professor, UNC Charlotte, 2012-present
RedSky Gallery Corporate Sales & Social Media Consultant, 2011-2012
Arts Editor, Seen Uptown Magazine, 2011
Director, Center of the Earth Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC, 2004-2010
MAA, Winthrop University, expected graduation: 2016
BFA, Cum Laude, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, 2002
AA, Cum Laude, Liberal Arts, Florida College, Temple Terrace, FL, 2000