Sharon Lee Minor

Location:
SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND

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About the Artist:
SHARON LEE MINOR (a.k.a. Sharon Minor King, Ph.D. is the founder of A MINOR ENTERPRISE, a consultancy and cultural exchange firm that produces quality educational materials representing communities, globally. She is a visual and performance artist and arts educator. She has presented lecture-demonstrations, performances, and exhibitions at numerous colleges, universities, galleries, churches, and international conferences.

Recent exhibitions include the National League of American Pen Women; Howard County Creative Arts Center; National Center for Children and Families (NCCF); Rossmoor Art Guild; Sanctuary Christian Arts Center.

As a cultural anthropologist, she has focused her work on the arts and religions of Africa (Egypt; Ghana) and the African Diaspora. She has founded two community dance companies and continues research on sacred dance and rituals. As a visual and performance artist, she creates art that reflects cultural and spiritual themes and principles. Recent visual works include “The Wedding”(painting) and “Coming to America”(mixed media). Recently, she published a children’s book, A TRIBE DESPISED: The Story About THEM People. She has launched her second CD of “musical storytelling” entitled, “AUNTIE AFRIKA. Her first CD is entitled, “SELAH”.

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts George Washington University
Master of Education Wright State University (Art Education)
Master of Divinity Howard University School of Divinity (African Traditions Within Christianity)
Doctor of Philosophy The Ohio State University (Art/Anthropology/Education)

Website: www.cyberchurchinternationalacademy.com

Artist Statement:
I make “things”. I began under the tutelage of my great-grandmother, Hattie Mae Rucker, and my grandmother, Hattie Mae Williams. To discipline their “precocious” grandchild (who always had a “mind of her own”), they gave me a box of strings, remnant fabric, and big-eyed needles. They sat me in a corner, where I remained until I changed my attitude and “disposition”! I was in that corner a lot, and for very long periods of time. That is where I first became enamored with cloths, and sewing. That is where I learned to be patient with materials…and with people.

My current creative interests include mixed media, as well as acrylic, and watercolor painting. I also make jewelry that incorporates cloth, precious stones, and some metal. All of my visual work seems to reflect my love, and experience, as a choreographer/dancer. Most of my work is visually "lyrical".

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