Sharon Horvath’s paintings on paper and canvas depict invented, animated, composite forms that combine bodily structures, urban landscaping, extraterrestrial spaces, explosions, cars and plumbing. In residence, she completed works on paper and canvas as well as continued working on large scale paintings that remain in progress for months or years. Some of these works were shown in Where Owls Stare at Paintings' Busted Eyeballs, a mini-retrospective solo exhibition at Pierogi Gallery, NYC, 2019. Also included were works completed during Horvath's Fulbright to India in 2014-15. She gives many thanks to the MacDowell and the Purchase College Foundation for their generous support. The exhibition was reviewed in The New York Times by Roberta Smith.
Horvath grew up in Cleveland Ohio and moved to NYC when she was 17, receiving a B.F.A. from the Cooper Union and a M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art. She lived for years abroad in Rome and Amsterdam and received a Fulbright Research Fellowship to India for 2013-14.
Horvath’s awards include a Guggenheim fellowship, the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, the Anonymous was a Woman Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Painting, two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants, a Prize for Painting from the National Academy Museum, a Mid-Atlantic NEA Regional Fellowship, an Elizabeth Foundation Grant for Painting. Other recognitions include the Faculty Prize for Outstanding Commitment as a Teacher and a Mentor from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Sharon is a professor of art in painting and drawing at Purchase College, SUNY and was inducted into the National Academy Museum in 2016.