Sharon Kesterson Bollen, Ph.D. Cincinnati fiber artist and Professor Emerita at Mount St. Joseph University, has received Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s Outstanding Achievement Award for her dedication to educating young artists in Ohio. Dr. Bollen accepted the award during the opening reception of the “Best of 2019” craft show on Sunday, May 5, at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus.
Dr. Bollen became a Mount faculty member in 1977, when she started the fabric design program. She has taught in the Mount's Department of Art and Design, Fine Art and Art Education and served as director of the Mount’s Art Education curriculum. Dr. Bollen retired in 2013, but continues her artistic work.
Dr. Bollen has a lengthy exhibition record of her fabrics at the local, state, and national levels. Her research interest is in the history of women artists, and she has received many awards, including the Mount’s Distinguished Teaching Award; the Alumni Faculty Appreciation Award; the Outstanding Ohio Art Educator; the NAEA’s Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator: Western Region; the 2004 Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s Ruhlin Memorial Award for Excellence in Fiber; and the 2005 Micah Fund Award.