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Curriculum Vitae


Sharron Ott



sharronottart@gmail.com

Web site: ottart.org

Facebook: Sharron Ott / Art, Blue Dart Art

You Tube: Sharron Ott Art channel, Blue Dart Art channel


Education

  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bachelors of Fine Art, major: Painting / Art & Tech
  • Ringling College of Art and Design, major: Fine Art, Sarasota Fl
  • Eleanor King Hookam, Private Instruction: Fine Art, Elmhurst Il


Business Directing

  • Director and Co-Founder, Blue Dart Art 501c3, Cass County Mi, 2017-present
  • Ott Art, Director and Owner, 1997-present



Professional Teaching Experience

  • Blue Dart Art, Dowagiac Mi 2017-present                                                                    
  • DePaul University, lecturing, Chicago Il 2008-present
  • Dominican University, lecturing, River Forest Il 2008-present 
  • Roosevelt University, lecturing, Chicago Il 2008-present
  • Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph Mi 2018-present   
  • Oak Park Art League, Oak Park Il 2007-2017  
  • Proviso Township High Schools, type 39 certification, Forest Park Il 2007-2016
  • Oak Park Arts District, art camps K-5, Oak Park Il 2010-2012


Exhibitions

  • Create Gallery, Niles Mi 2021-present
  • Art Prize 2021, Artkos Meadery Grand Rapids Mi 2021
  • Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph Mi, 2021
  • Amy Zane Gallery, Kalamazoo Michigan, 2017 to present
  • Dowagiac District Library, 2021, 2022*
  • Cassopolis Main Library, Cassopolis Mi, 2018*
  • Front Street Crossing, Dowagiac Mi, 2018, 2022*
  • Dogwood Festival Gallery, Dowagiac Mi, 2017*
  • Sister Lakes Brewing Company, Dowagiac Mi, 2017*
  • Oak Park Conservatory, Oak Park Il, 2017*
  • Osterle Gallery, North Central College, Naperville Il, 2017*
  • Buchanan Art Center, Buchanan Mi, 2017*
  • Corner Cafe, Lombard Il 2016, 2017
  • UniQ Gallery, Portage, MI 2013*
  • OPAL Gallery, Oak Park, IL 2008, present
  • Parthenon Restaurant/Banquet Room, Chicago, IL 2013-2017
  • Dene' Gallery, Geneva, IL 2013*
  • August Hill Winery Utica, IL 2012-2013*
  • Trattoria 250, Oak Park, IL 2012-present
  • Papillon Design Gallery, Oak Park, IL 2010, 2011
  • Life Force Arts Center, Chicago, IL 2011
  • Flavor City, Oak Park, IL 2010
  • Prairie Title, Oak Park, IL 2010
  • High Risk Gallery, Chicago, IL 2006-2009
  • That Artsy Place, Three Rivers, MI 2006-2009
  • St. Mathews Church, Pilsen Chicago, IL 2005
  • Chocolate Moon, Elmhurst, IL 2005
  • Excalibur, Chicago, IL 1996
  • Privata Café, Chicago, IL 1996-1997 *
  • Urbis Orbis, Chicago, IL 1995 *
  • Art Attack Gallery, Chicago, IL 1995
  • Aetna Showroom, Chicago, IL 1995
  • Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL 1994 *
  • No Palace Gallery, Chicago, IL 1993 *
  • Details and Design, St. Charles, IL 1993
  • Café Voltaire, Chicago, IL 1992 *
  • Quail Run Country Club, Santa Fe, NM 1991
  • Second Street Grill, Albuquerque, NM 1991 *
  • Beyond Ordinary, Albuquerque, NM 1991 *
  • Artifact Gallery, Albuquerque, NM 190
  • Sloan Gallery, Sante Fe, NM1990
  • Artemis Gallery, Sante Fe, NM 1990
  • Oldham Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM 1987-1990
  • South Port Gallery, Chicago, IL 1989
  • Ashtar Light Center, St. Charles, IL 1989 *
  • Le Mirage, Chicago, IL 1987
  • Theatre Building, Chicago, IL 1986 *
  • Korosh Gallery, Chicago, IL 1986
  • DePaul University Gallery, Chicago, IL 1985 *
  • Chicago Bank of Commerce, Chicago, IL 1984 *

( * = one person show)


Works In the Collection of

  • The Government of Taiwan, (Commissioned by The Boeing Corporation)
  • Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
  • Dr. Crystal Peoples, Oak Park, IL
  • Chris Offutt, DJ, Seattle Wa
  • Cedar Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
  • Paul Charlebois, Cirque Du Soleil  Administration, Montreal Quebec, Canada
  • Luc St. Hilaire, Cirque Du Soleil Head Machinist, Montreal Quebec, Canada
  • Elkus Gasper, Jewelry Designer, Zuni, NM
  • Colonel Diane Hobbs, Retired US Air Force, St. Louis, IL
  • Victoria Milewski, Director Chicago Institutional Technical Foundation, Chicago, IL
  • Professor Tim, and Linda Garrow, Kalamazoo Mi





Interior Design and Murals for Commercial Establishments

  • Rachel and Sandy’s Medical Massage, (Mural), Dowagiac Mi, 2022
  • Parthenon Guest House, (Interior Design, Murals, and Paintings), Chicago, IL 2012-2017
  • The Dogwood Fine Arts Festival, (Interior Design), Dowagiac Mi, 2017
  • Opa’ Restaurant, (Art), Oak Brook Terrace, IL 2013
    • Manny’s Ale House, ElmHurst IL 2014
  • Neighborhood United Methodist Church, (Art), Maywood, IL 2010-2012
  • Parthenon Restaurant, (Murals, Millboard), Chicago, IL 1995-present
  • Costa's Restaurant, (Interior Design and Art), Oak Brook Terrace, IL 1997-2013
  • Costa's Restaurant, (Interior Design and Art), Chicago, IL 1997-2009
  • Papa Spiro's Restaurant, (Interior Design and Art), Oak Park, IL 1998-2013
  • Rannalis Up North, (Interior Design and Art), Chicago, IL 1994-2006
  • Tangerine Restaurant, (Interior Design and Art), Naperville, IL 2006
  • Marina Gardens Restaurant, (Interior Design and Art), Kenosha, WI 2006
  • Captain Alexis Restaurant, (Interior Design and Art), Kenosha, WI 2006
  • Green Apple Restaurant (Interior Design and Art), Chicago, IL 2006
  • Martini Blu Night Club, (Interior Design and Art), Orland Hills, IL 2006
  • Athar Restaurant, (Interior Design, Exterior Mural, and Art), Elmhurst, IL 2006
  • Dreams Night Club, (Interior Design and Art), Lockport, IL 2005
  • Blinds By Michelangelo, (Interior Design and Art), Elmhurst, IL 2005
  • Blinds by Michelangelo, (Interior Design and Art), Hinsdale, IL 2005
  • Lake Room Night Club, (Interior Design and Art), Oak Park, IL 2005
  • Le Fem Café, (Interior Design and Art), Elmwood Park, IL 2005
  • Paris Café 3, (Interior Design and Art), Chicago, IL 2005
  • Paris Café 2, (Interior Design and Art), Chicago, IL 2004
  • Oasis 160 Night Club, (Interior Design and Art), Chicago Heights, IL 2004-2006
  • Club Envy, (Interior Design and Art), Chicago, IL 2004-2006
  • Sheffield's Restaurant and Barr, (Interior Design and Art), Dyer, IN 2004-2006
  • Abruzzo's, (Exterior Art), Melrose Park, IL 2004 2004
  • Bethel Outreach Ministry, (Art), Bellwood, IL 2004
  • Paris Café 1, (Interior Design and Art), Chicago, IL 2004
  • Baker Hill Restaurant, (Interior Design and Art), Elgin, IL 2003 and 20012
  • Mr. Peter's Banquets, (Interior Design and Art), Prospect Heights, IL 2003
  • Ultima Beauty Salon, (Interior Design), Lombard, IL 2003
  • Q's Pizza, (Interior Design and Art), Hillside, IL 2002
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, (Interior Design and Art for the Historic Restoration), Elmhurst, IL 2002-2004
  • St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, (Mural and Rehab of Food Pantry), Chicago, IL 2002
  • Byzantium Night Club, (Interior Design and Art), Chicago, IL 2002
  • Pazzos Restaurant, (Interior Design and Art), O'Hare Airport, Chicago, IL 2001
  • Pazzos Restaurant, (Interior Design and Art), Presidential Towers, Chicago, IL 2001
  • Covenant Bookstore, (Interior Design and Art), Bellwood, IL 2001
  • Phat Phonics Reading Center, (Interior Design and Art), Bellwood, IL 2001
  • Char House Restaurant, (Interior Design and Art), Hampton, IL 2001
  • Periyale Restaurant, (Interior Design and Art) Niles, IL 2001
  • Aurelios Restaurant, (Interior Design and Art), Tinley Park, IlL 2000
  • Sheba Café, (Interior Design and Art), Chicago, IL 2000
  • Pepper Mill Restaurant, (Interior Design and Art), Elgin, IL 2000
  • Xandu Restaurant, (Interior Design and Art), Hickory Hills, IL 1999 
  • Dionysius Restaurant, (Interior Design, Exterior Mural and Art), Worth, IL 1999
  • John's Café, (Exterior Art and Mural), Winfield, IL 1998
  • Redeemer Lutheran Church, (Art of the Reredos), Elmhurst, IL 1997
  •  St John's Baptist Church, (Mural), Chicago, IL 1997


Theatre Arts

  • Dowagiac High School, (Scenic Art, and Costumes), 2018
  • Ron Guard Studio, (Scenic Art), Chicago, IL 1998-2001
  • Steppenwolf Theatre, (Scenic Art), Chicago, IL  1998-1999 
  • Red Moon Theatre, (Set Design, Scenic Art), Chicago, IL 1999  
  • Cirque Du Soleil, (Scenic Art, Costume Mistress), Allegria North American Tour,  Montreal, Quebec CA 1994-1998


Awards, Scholarship

  • Grown Invest and Gather Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, 2022
  • Clearly Colorful, Magic Moment, Music To My Ears,The Real Deal Prizes, ArtPrize 2021
  • People’s Choice Award, Krasl Art Center Member’s Show 2020
  • Honorable Mention, Buchanan Mi Art Center, 2016  
  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Merit Scholarship 2006 


Books published

  • Ott Cuboctohedron Color Theory, written and illustrated, 2022  
  • The Tournament of Magic, written and illustrated, 2022
  • Walking: Natures Perfect Exercise, Illustrated, author: Pamela Khim  2004  
  • What Ray Wrote, Illustrated, author: Ray Horsley  1996    


Press/Reviews

  • Painting the Town

https://www.leaderpub.com/2019/08/06/dowagiac-artist-resort-owner-bring-murals-to-sister-lakes/

Dowagiac Daily News, August 6, 2019, Volume 122, Number 151

  • Dowagiac Artist to have Opening at Euphoric Stage

https://www.leaderpub.com/2018/11/29/dowagiac-artist-to-have-opening-at-euphoric-stage/

Dowagiac Daily News, 

Thursday, November 29, 2018, Volume 121, Number 230

  • Art Opening

Dowagiac Daily News, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Volume 121, Number 238, Page 2

  • "Papillon Design Spreads Its Wings at New Location," Trib Local, Oak Park River Forest. Jan.29, 2011, Monica Phillips
  • "Elmhurst Poised to Become City of Art", Elmhurst Press, August 13-15, 2004, James Pluta
  • "Homecoming for Local Artists", Elmhurst Press, July 23, 2003, James Pluta


Professional Services

  • Proos Pure Michigan Summer Photo Contest, Southwest Mi (Judge) 2017
  • LaGrange Artist Guild Annual Show, La Grange, IL (Judge) 2010
  • West Suburban Artist Guild Annual Show, River Forest, IL (Judge) 2009






Community Projects Organization


  • Perspectives on the Newton House, Live painting, and traveling exhibition, SW Mi, 2022
  • Under the Harvest Moon, Youth activity, Dowagiac Mi 2022
  • Niles Renaissance Faire, Youth activity, Niles Mi, 2022
  • Newton House Festival, Youth activity, Decatur Mi, 2021
  • Boys and Girls Club, Youth Mural Project with Krasl Art Center, Benton Harbor Mi, 2019
  • Dogwood Fine Art Festival, event organizer, Dowagiac Mi, 2017
  • Proviso East HS Art Show, Papillon Gallery, Youth Art exhibition, Oak Park IL, 2013
  • Papillon Gallery, Monthly Exhibitions featuring local artists, Oak Park, 2011-2013
  • Dominican University, Youth and Adult Mural Project, River Forest, IL, 2013
  • Neighborhood United Methodist Church, Youth Outdoor Sculpture, Maywood. IL, 2012
  • Lexington Middle School, PLCCA, Youth and Adult Mural Project, Maywood IL, 2012
  • Hyde Park Community Center, Youth Mural Project, Chicago Il, 2011
  • Lexington School, 3 Youth Mural Projects, Maywood, IL, 2011
  • Art and Science full day Summer Camps, Chicago Il, 2007-2011
  • St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Rehab of food pantry, Art Show, and Mural, Chicago IL, 2010
  • Oak Park Arts District Summer Camps, Youth, Oak Park, IL 2008-2011
  • Neighborhood United Methodist Church, Teaching, Sunday School, and Vacation Bible School, Maywood, IL 2007-2013


Technical Skills 

  • Holography
  • Video filming and editing
  • Computer: Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, In Design, Power Point, Word, Excel
  • Computer Graphics




Professional Organizations

  • Blue Dart Art, Director, 2017-present
  • Krasl Art Center, Member and Teaching Staff, 2018-present
  • Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Member 2015-present 
  • Cass Area Artists, Member, Past Assistant Director, 2016-2020
  • Oak Park Art League, Member 2007-2017
  • Oak Park Art League, Board Member, 2009
  • Oak Park Arts District, Member 2007-2017