Sharon Swift, Associate Professor of Art, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Oklahoma and summa cum laude from the MFA program in Visual Studies at Old Dominion and Norfolk State Universities. She has participated in over 100 juried and invitational art exhibitions. Swift's artworks incorporate photographs of her travels and mixed media elements which she manipulates in various ways including collage and computer techniques. These works can be found in many private collections plus the permanent holdings of the Chrysler Museum of Art, and the Franklin Furnace in NYC. Swift's professional recognition includes a Fulbright Travel Grant to the People's Republic of China, selection for prestigious workshops at the Maine Photographic Workshops, the Santa Fe Workshops, an Artist's Residency at the Virginia Center for the Arts, and numerous design and photography awards. She has taught in Japan, a Bureau of Indian Affairs School, and four US colleges & universities including Virginia Wesleyan College where her courses include computer art, graphic design, mixed media and photography.