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Sharon Lee Hart

Boynton Beach, Florida

Florida Atlantic University, Assistant Professor of Art (Photography)


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According to the Sky

A recent move brought me close to the coast and reawakened a long held fascination with the sea. Floating and daydreaming while immersed in the salt water, lines from a Sylvia Plath poem that I read as a teenager ran repeatedly through my head:

We are not what we might be;
what we are Outlaws all extrapolation
Beyond the interval of now and here:
White whales are gone with the white ocean.

In this ongoing series, I am viewing the indefinable sea through a magical and melancholic lens. It is a connection to the cosmos, a backdrop and central character. Ideas about the sea are filtered through mythology, alchemy, poetry and astronomy to create narrative based images. The photographs are made in the water and on the shore, a division and space that is perpetually transforming.

The images are split toned to give a nod to traditional darkroom practices and to reference the sought after philosophers' stone and its ability to transform base metal to gold. The photographs mix analog and digital; reality and imagination. The square images are captured with a medium format film camera and the circular images with a DSLR. They are printed with archival inks on hand coated Hosho paper.


born: 1975, Washington, District of Columbia



University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, MFA, 2007

Maine College of Art, BFA, 2004


selected awards/honors

Gold Award and Silver Award, San Francisco International Photography Competition, selected by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography, 2014

PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Award, Second Prize, Professional Category, 2012

Professional Development Support Grant, The Tennessee Arts Commission, 2010

Review Santa Fe 100, Center, Selected by David Bram, Katherine Ware, and Denise Wolff, 2010

selected publicationsThe HAND magazine (featured artist/juried), Issue 3, January 2014

Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals by Sharon Lee Hart (monograph), Charta Art Books, Milan, Italy, Fall 2012

The Psychology of the Human-Animal Bond edited by Christopher Blazina, G¸ler Boyra, David Shen-Miller, book interior photographs, 2011

Portfolio Showcase Volume 4: The Center For Fine Art Photography Book (juried by Katherine Ware), 2010


selected solo or two-person exhibits

Sanctuary, VAM Art Gallery, South Texas College, McAllen, Texas, 2014

Sharon Lee Hart and Ashley Oates, Allcott Gallery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,North Carolina, 2013

Sanctuary-Flying Solo Series, Nashville International Airport, Nashville, Tennessee, 2012

Sanctuary,Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, Tennessee, 2010


selected group shows

San Francisco International Photography Exhibition, juried by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography, Studio 17 Gallery, San Francisco, California, 2014

63rd Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition, juried by Trong Gia Nguyen, Boca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, 2014

Of Memory, Bone and Myth- juried by Maggie Taylor, The Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, Minnesota, 2014

Uncooped, National Museum of Animals & Society, Los Angeles, California, 2014




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