Sharon is the President of Friends of African and African American Art at The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services and Associate Professor of Social Work, Chair of the MSSA and MNO degree programs at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Sharon earned a B.A. from Spelman College in History, a M.S.W. from the University of Illinois, Chicago, a M.S. in Community Development from the University of Louisville; an MPH, from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She has peer-reviewed articles in a number of scholarly journals on Women and Health, Social Support of the elderly and Community and Social Development in low-income communities.
She has been collecting art since 1969. While she was a student at Spelman College she purchased pieces for student and faculty exhibitions. Spelman has a wonderful art gallery and also owns many pieces by 20th century African and African-American artists. In addition to her role as the President of the Friends of African and African-American Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), she is a Museum Associate, (CMA) and was a Board Member of the Print Club, (CMA). The Friends of African and African-American Art (FA4) travels to see exhibitions and to listen to talks around Northeast Ohio and in other part of the U.S. and the world. In 2017, FA4 traveled to London to experience the exhibition “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power “.
In her home and office she displays collected works of many 20th Century African-American Artists. She collect artists whose work represents people, places, and symbols which have meaning for me. Sharon loves African and African-American art and when she teaches graduate courses in health and social development in other parts of the world, she visits museums and galleries to help students identify the visual narratives storied in these spaces.