After "a strict religious upbringing, coupled with a 12 year business career, raised ". doubts about values ".practices ".and underlying beliefs of the society that had instilled those values," Ellinwood turned to art. Assisted by scholarships, she graduated from the University of Toledo with a BFA in 1991. Then, with a graduate fellowship to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, she pursued her MFA, graduating in 1994, Coming to Iowa to visit her father, she liked the area around Lake Red Rock and decided to settle and build her studio where she sustains herself as a professional glass-blower part of each year, then concentrates on her art as a sculptor the remaining months.
Sheryl Ellinwood writes:"First and foremost, art is communication, not a display of technical mastery, but the conveyance of an idea."
University of Iowa. School of Art and Art History
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fused glass wall panel