Born in Washington DC, the artist Sharon Cosgrove is Associate Professor of Art at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania where she teaches painting and printmaking. She holds a BFA, MA, and MFA from the University of New Mexico and a BA from Shepherd College. Her paintings and prints are characterized as contemporary realism informed by traditional and modern canons of art. Sharon’s work has been exhibited in over fifty invitational, solo and juried shows, nationally and internationally and can be found in both public and private collections. She is the recipient of the Medici Award in Painting from the International Biennale Exhibition of Contemporary Art, in Florence, Italy, and has been Visiting Artist at the Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia, The International School of Art in Umbria Italy, and The American Academy in Rome. By student nomination, Sharon received the Non-Traditional and Innovative Teaching Award at Wilkes University where she has served as professor of art for more than two decades. Additionally, she has been awarded faculty development grants and sabbaticals to further her studio practice and commitment to teaching art. Sharon has taught in Florence, Italy and facilitated group painting and mural projects with international artists, students, and victims of domestic violence. Her work has been the catalyst for personal, professional, and community transformations.