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 Sharon Kopriva  (1948 - )

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Lived/Active: Texas      Known for: sculptor-necro-figure, large-scale installation

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Sharon Kopriva was born in Houston Heights, Texas, 11 February 1948. Educated in Houston public schools and the University of Houston, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Painting in 1981 and an earlier Bachelor of Science in Art Education in 1970.

Her teachers included New York painter, John Alexander, and sculptor James Surls. Sharon taught in Houston area high schools for ten years prior to her full-time career in the visual arts.

Her Catholic background and an early 1981 trip to Peru directly influenced her somewhat expressionistic mummies like figures. Artists that had a special influence include mentors Edward and Nancy Kienholz, Goya, James Ensor, and Felicien Rops.

Kopriva is heavily involved in public service and in support of the Orange Show, a Houston landmark folk art environment. She maintains studios in Houston, Texas and Hope, Idaho. Her repertoire includes painting, sculpture and graphics.

EDUCATION: University of Houston, Master of Fine Arts - Painting, 1981
University of Houston, Bachelor of Science - Art Education, 1970

GRANTS: 1997 Individual Artist Grant, Cultural Arts Council,
Houston, Texas
1994 Residency Grant, Museum of Northern Territories, Darwin, Australia.
1993 Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award in Sculpture
1991 Individual Artist Grant, Cultural Arts Council, Houston, Texas
1990 "Landscapes" Installation Grant, Diverse Works, Houston, Texas

EXHIBITIONS/AWARDS:
2001 Exhibitions:, "Double Take", Art League Of Houston, Texas
2000 Exhibitions:
"Crossing State Lines"- Texas Art at the Museum of Arts Houston, Texas
"2000 Houston Millennium Makers Award", Houston, Texas
"Sharon Kopriva", SOLO EXHIBITION, University of Texas of the Permian
Basin, Odessa, Texas
"2000 Best Artist Editors Award", Houston City Search.com
"Thirteen Artists, Stewart Gallery, Boise, Idaho
"Sharon Kopriva: Works from 1986-1998," SOLO EXHIBITION, The Menil
Museum, Houston, Texas
"Sculpture 2000 Exhibition," Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, Texas
"The Animal In Contemporary Art, Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nevada
"Life and Death," The Houston Art League Sculpture 2000, Houston, Texas
" New Sculpture," Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, Texas
"Figures: Alone and Together," Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Mo.

1999 Exhibitions:
"Blind Faith," McAllen International Museum, SOLO EXHIBITION, McAllen, Texas
"Goliad: A Cultural Convergence", Presidio La Bahia, Goliad, Texas
"Thresholds," Concordia University, Austin, Texas

1998 Exhibitions:
"Birds of Pray," Barbara Davis Gallery, SOLO EXHIBITION, Houston, Texas

"The Not-Quite Doll Show," OKane Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, Texas

"Works on Paper," Fort Worth Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas
Group Exhibition, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, New York

1985 Exhibitions:
"Fresh Paint: The Houston School," Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; P.S. 1, New York, New York; Oklahoma Fine Arts Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Curated by Barbara Rose and Susie Kalil, catalogue

"Five Houston Painters," Graham Gallery, Houston, Texas

"The New Nude," Midtown Art Center, Houston, Texas, catalogue
"Assistance League Exhibition," Two Houston Center, Houston, Texas, Juried by Jane Livingston

"One Up," Lawndale Art and Performance Center, Houston, Texas, Curated by Moira Kelly

1984 Exhibitions:
"Three Painters," Midtown Art Center, Houston, Texas

"1984 Show," Two Houston Center, Houston, Texas, catalogue

1983 Exhibition:
"50th Annual Exhibition," Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah, catalogue

1982 Exhibitions:
"Arteder," Graphic Arts International, Bilbao, Spain, catalogue

"A Safety Minded Company," Thesis Exhibition, Blaffer Gallery, Houston, Texas

"Thirteen Artists: A Look at Houston," Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

1981 Exhibitions:
"News Event," Galveston Art Center, Galveston, Texas

"Rockford International," Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois

SOLO EXHIBITION, Brazosport Fine Arts Center, Lake Jackson, Texas

1980 Exhibitions:
67th Annual Allied Artists of America, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New York

23rd Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

"Heartland," Mid-America Art Association Conference, C. G. Jung Center, Houston, Texas

1979 Exhibitions:
69th Annual Texas Fine Arts Association Exhibition, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas

SOLO EXHIBITION, Galerie La Fenetrie, Houston, Texas











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