Sharon Sayegh

Artist Statement

Sharon SayeghWorking from memory, life, printed images, photographs, dreams and literature my images come from my personal experiences of life. For example, working from life my Highland Park Houses Series expresses the intimacy and delight I have with the character of the houses and changing atmosphere surrounding them in the community I lived in for 18 years. This series’ concept has evolved into Richter Street, Milltown which is a quirky 360 degree 8 panel graphite and ink drawing. It is a narrative of lives lived, past and present. It is about the natural decay of property and people’s efforts and energy put in to beautify and maintain our environment.

Sharon SayeghMy work has developed to include a series of deep significance to me called “Brave Hearts: Warriors for Peace”. After reading an article about Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury by Dr. Richard Benkin, I was so moved by Choudhury’s courageous work that I began this series to highlight and promote moral courage and especially the work of these brave men, women and children who risk their lives to promote peace and seek truth.

My oeuvre includes portraits of friends and family using symbols and or imagery that further describe them, revealing my view that our environment forms us as much as we impact our environment.

Solo Shows and Awards

1999 Children’s Specialized Hospital, Mountainside, NJ
1985 First Place Art Division : Ocean County College Art and Literary Contest

Select Juried and Group Shows

Sharon Sayegh2009 Canon, Contemporary Art Network, New York, NY
2009 L&M Art Gallery, Elizabeth, NJ
2008 Highland Park Artists Collective- High Impact, IM Gallery, Highland Park, NJ
2008 Noyes Museum Seashore Garden Living Center, NJ
2008 Artists NOW, 431 Raritan Avenue, Highland Park, NJ
2007 Highland Park Houses Series, Dish Café, Highland Park, NJ
2006 Griffin Gallery, Madison, NJ
2005 Artists Celebrate Highland Park, Robert Wood Johnson House, Highland Park, NJ
2005 Montclair Museum Library Collection Artists photo file, Montclair, NJ
2002 Edison Arts Society Artist of the Month: December , Edison, NJ
2002 Faces and Spaces, Edison Arts Society Gallery at the Sheraton, Edison, NJ
1999 NJ Center for Visual Arts: Members Show, Summit, NJ
1998 People and Places, Firehouse Gallery, Bordentown, NJ
1998 Imaging Aging, Wachung Art Center, Wachung, NJ
1998 Wachung Arts Center Annual: Members Show, Wachung, NJ
1998 Eleventh Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Sponsored by Piscataway Cultural Arts Commission, Piscataway, NJ
1995 Small Works on Paper, B. Beamesderfer Gallery, Highland Park, NJ
1984 Atlantic City Art Show, Cultural Arts Center, Atlantic City, NJ
1984 Potsdam Prints: Traditions and Alternatives, Brainard Art Gallery State University College of Arts and Sciences, Potsdam, NY

Sharon SayeghBiography

1956 Born in Atlantic City, NJ
Resides in NJ

Education

1988 Monmouth University Teachers Certification K-12
1981 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
1979 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, B.A. studying with Racksdraw Downs and Neil Welliver

Art Publications

2006 Lilith Magazine- Fall, Illustration
2003 Book Cover Illustration for Alex in the Promised Land, Geffen Publication

Membership

2008 Contemporary Art Network, NYC, NY
2008 Highland Park Art Collective : Founding Member and Steering Committee Member, Highland Park, NJ
2005-2007 Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ

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