Salmon Skin Fried… and Other Delicacies
January 22 – March 10, 2023

SHARON HAVELKA constructs mixed-media quilt sculptures from old clothing and other found objects. Her work highlights the marginalized, the overlooked, that which is considered weird or unusual and stitches them into beautifully crafted and highly detailed objects. She is inspired by her unique upbringing as a descendent of the Delta Chinese, and from her skills and experience learned as an ICU registered nurse. She received the Arts Accelerator Grant from ArtsMemphis and was an artist-in-residence at Crosstown Arts. She has had work shown in Quilt National and Fiber Arts International. Sharon was born, lives, and works in Memphis.

“I make mixed-media quilt sculptures from old clothes and other used materials and found objects. I push the boundaries of what a quilt can be by experimenting with process and material. I have also worked as an ICU RN for the past 13 years. As both an artist and a nurse, I combine the physiology of the human body and brain with the elements and meanings of art. For example, I convey circulation with color, perfusion with light and dark values, and breath with composition and negative space. As a Chinese American, concepts focus on my experiences with various degrees of cultural acceptance and identity, celebrating the marginalized and discarded.”

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The Beverly + Sam Ross Gallery is located on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library in the center of campus on the Buckman Quadrangle, easily accessible from the Central Avenue parking lot and the East Parkway entrance. All exhibits are free and open to the public.


Scott A. Carter, MFA
Assistant Professor and Gallery Coordinator • (901) 321-3243 •