Carol Sky was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Ohio State University as a journalism major. While working as a journalist in Houston in the 60s and covering the beginning of the Manned Spacecraft Program, she saw an artist demonstration that changed the course of her life.
As a child, she had always been the class artist, and after thirteen years of college classes in addition to working full time and raising a family, she earned a B.F.A from the University of Houston, Texas, as well as an M.A. and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. She also studied painting and drawing at the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Slade School of Art, University of London, England.
Sky lived in Washington, D.C. in the 80s, where she worked in three major art galleries; taught painting and drawing; and was an active juror, curator and lecturer. She has also had the opportunity to travel to twenty-two countries from West Africa to Outer Mongolia, to study the art of these different cultures. In February 2004, she relocated to Sante Fe, New Mexico. She has been exhibiting her work for thirty in some 183 group and twenty-four solo shows, and is represented in numerous private, corporate, and public collections in India, Brazil, and the United States, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.