Yolanda Sharpe

Host Institution:
Krasnoyarsk School of Fine Arts (KSIFA), Krasnoyarsk. Russia, Department of Painting

Home Institution:
State University of New York – Collage at Oneonta,Department of Art, Oneonta, New York, U.S.A.

Yolanda Sharpe’s Fulbright efforts stem from her work beginning in 2001 as an arts ambassador to KSIFA. Over time, she has established connections with KSIFA and the Siberia region for herself and SUNY-Oneata, her home institution. This year she will be working on a variety of projects including Hexaflexagon folded paper constructions and water-based painting studies inspired by the traditions and techniques of Siberia and infused with digital technology and contemporary painting processes. She also will install an exhibit of artwork at KSIFA’s Art Gallery as well as designing and organizing a collaborative Russia/U.S. website with group exhibits of artworks from students and art faculty. Her teaching at KSIFA will include Advanced and Mixed Media Painting, Advanced Watercolor Painting, and a mini-course on Western Art History in the 20th-21st centuries.

Several experiences contributed to my decision to apply for the Fulbright Scholar Humanities and Fine Arts Award for Russia. In 2001 I was invited to participate as an arts ambassador in a “seed program” to develop and establish a working relationship between art faculty and students from SUNY Oneonta and KSIFA and the Siberian region. The visits in 2001 and 2004 gave me the opportunity to promote a fledgling partnership between SUNY Oneonta’s art programs and the Siberian art school through teaching advanced painting and drawing via short-term Master Classes.
My Fulbright proposal was based on my desire to return to Krasnoyarsk to gain an in-depth growth experience as an artist and educator. I seek to build upon what I have begun and learned from my previous brief visits in Krasnoyarsk during my three-month stay.

Prior to my employment at SUNY Oneonta, I taught undergraduate and graduate students in Studio Art (painting, drawing, design) at Michigan State University. This work experience, coupled with twenty-three years as a Professor of Painting, Drawing, and Design in the Art Department at SUNY Oneonta, informs the painting and drawing assignments that I designed for the KSIFA graduate art students. I look forward to exploring what these young artists will do with a full semester’s worth of course material. The results of the previous ten-day Master Class sessions at KSIFA were impressive; and I truly appreciate the volume, intensity of work effort, and quality of work that the KSIFA students produced during this short amount of time. As with my past visits, I will bring art supplies for myself and students, as well as work with supplies available through local vendors in Krasnoyarsk.


Yolanda Sharpe is Professor of Painting, Drawing, and Design at the State University of New York – College at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta). She has also served as chair of the Art Department from 2000 to 2010. Under her leadership the Art Department programs enjoyed growth in student numbers, expansion through the addition and development of new courses, and the inauguration of the Computer Art major (2002). Also, the Fine Art building facilities were completely renovated to accommodate program growth and studio practice. Prior to her arrival to Oneonta, she taught as Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, and adjunct instructor at Eastern Michigan University, and the College for Creative Studies. She completed her MFA in Painting and Printmaking at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Also, Ms. Sharpe received her bachelor degrees from Michigan State University in Studio Art--Painting, and Printmaking (BFA) and Art History (BA). She has exhibited her artwork throughout upstate New York, New York City, and nationally and continues to do so in notable exhibition venues. Upon her return to the States there are several exhibition venues scheduled to present her drawings, and encaustic paintings. Ms. Sharpe’s website features her artwork at:

The Fulbright Program in Russia. Institute of International Education.
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