Instructor, AIADO (2013). BFA, 2000, California College of The Arts, San Francisco, CA. MFA, 2005, SAIC. Exhibitions: Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Artists Coalition, Bridgeport Arts Center, Neocon Chicago, The Post Family, Design Harvest Chicago. Awards: Apartment Therapy Design Showcase: Unison Prize,  Martha Stewart “American Made” Finalists, AIA Chicago Design Competition Winners. Publications: Huffington Post, Chicago Magazine, SPIN Magazine, ABC 7 News, Design Sponge, Details Magazine, Design Milk, CS Interiors, Core 77, Interior Design Magazine. Professional Practice: Co-Owner of Strand Design, Chicago. 

Personal Statement

Sharon received her undergraduate degree in graphic design from California College of the Arts in 2000, where she had the good fortune to learn from and work with some of the best designers in the profession. After graduating from CCA and working in The Bay Area for a few years, Sharon headed back to Chicago to earn her MFA at The School of The Art Institute Chicago.

Before starting Strand with Ted in 2009, Sharon worked as an in-house designer for the international fashion company Oilily, then at RGLA, one of the top retail design firms in the country, and has freelanced for several boutique design firms in San Francisco and Chicago.

When she's not at Strand or teaching at SAIC, Sharon can be usually found on remote islands in large bodies of water.


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