Sky Shineman

Sky Shineman

Associate Professor of Art, Painting


  • MFA, The Ohio State University, 2007


Professor Shineman joined the faculty in the fall of 2009. Her work has been selected for exhibition at university galleries, museums and art shows around the country including Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green; Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, Ga.; Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro; Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, La.; Meridian (Miss.) Museum of Art; Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, Tuscumbia, Ala.; Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts, N.J., and the Alabama State Council on the Arts Gallery in Montgomery.

Artist’s statement from Unseen Forces:

“In painting I’m interested in physical processes and phenomenal imagery. I attempt to bring awareness to the tactile qualities of the painting while creating imagery that is integrally connected to its making.  Ideally the process and the product overlap and enrich one another providing a multi-sensory experience. The relationship between how something looks and how it has come to being is the compelling question behind much of my work.”

Courses Taught

  • Art 216: Intro to Painting
  • Art 305: Aqueous Media
  • Art 316: Painting Composition
  • Art 317: Painting Concepts
  • Art 416: Advanced Painting Seminar
  • Art 501: Interdisciplinary graduate studio and art history seminar, Art And It’s Publics (Fall 2011 team taught with Dr. Lucy Curzon)
  • Art 511: Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar, Artist as Scholar / Artist as teacher (Fall 2015)
  • Art 516/616  Graduate Painting
  • Art 525/625  Interdisciplinary Graduate Critiques

Recent Exhibitions

Recent Presentations

  • April 6-8, 2016: Paper presentation, What is Media? Experience – Exploration – Emergence Conference: “From Slide Projectors to Unlimited Databases: Problematizing Digital Images in the Studio Classroom,” Portland, OR
  • June 3-6, 2013: Paper presentation, 4th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, Athens Institute for Education and Research: “Painting as Walking,” Athens, Greece 

Recent Grants and Awards

  • 2014 Research Grants Committee Award: Investigating Natural Powdered Pigments and Organic Mediums in Painting, The University of Alabama 
  • 2012 Research Grants Committee Award: Personal Modernism: Relating Through Painting, The University of Alabama 
  • 2010 Research Grants Committee Award: Experiencing the Sublime Through Contemporary Painting, The University of Alabama


Experiencing the Sublime – Paintings by Sky Shineman