About Sharon Berke

 

Born 1968, Columbus, OH

Lives and works in Boston, MA

1991 BFA Kent State University, Kent, OH

After a hiatus from art-making to work and homeschool my children, I am excited to have begun showing my paintings and collages.

Collections:

Private collections

Exhibitions:

2019 (upcoming) Summer Small Works Exhibition, National Association of Women Artists, Inc., NAWA Gallery, New York, NY

2019 30th Annual Scollay Square Exhibit, Boston City Hall, Boston MA

2019 Abstracts, Juried by Judith Brassard Brown, Menino Art Center, Hyde Park, MA

2018 Rearrangements, Solo exhibition, Fresh Hair Salon, Jamaica Plain, MA

Awards:

2019 1st Place, Abstracts, Menino Art Center, Hyde Park, MA

1991 Best in Show, Kent State University Annual Student Exhibition, Kent, OH

Sharon Berke is a visual artist who makes semi-abstract paintings. Raised with her two brothers in Euclid, Ohio by her math-teacher father and her feminist mother, she identified as an artist from the beginning, due both to her mom’s steadfast encouragement and to genetics—both her birthparents are artists. After earning her BFA in 1991 in painting and printmaking from Kent State University, she spent the rest of her 20s traveling and working in framing, catering and gardening.  In 1996, she moved to Boston, MA to pursue the study of Sign Language Interpretation, which led her to a job as caption writer at WGBH. In 1998, she met both her birthparents, which settled her mind and informed her art.  She met her husband on a fundraising bike trip, and after two years of bonding and traveling, they had two boys, both of whom Sharon homeschooled through elementry school. Approaching 50, Sharon realized she needed to return to serious artmaking, and began her Rearrangements series. She lives in Jamaica Plain, MA with her family.