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Sharon L. Bjyrd, Local Artist Expressing Blackness

Sharon introduction

We first met Sharon when she entered and then won our 2021 UMOJA Impact Award from our Onward & Upward Artist Showcase Contest.

Sharon’s Winning Artwork: Untitled. Brown #3”

This painting is third in a series entitled “Brown” that I’m working on. All of the pieces are monochromatic with different shades of our brown skin tone and feature a colorful head wrap representing our continued ties to African culture.

Black woman in a headwrap artwork

More About Sharon

Sharon’s work has been featured: in the book “Let’s Talk About It, The Art, The Artists and The Racial Justice Movement on Madison’s State Street” 2021; as a mural at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art during the George Floyd riots 2020; “Bohemian Black” solo exhibit, Roberta Gallery, UW-Whitewater 2020; as an emerging artist at MMOCA ‘s Art Fair on the Square 2019; “Flowers in the Garden Exhibit” The South Side Community Art Center 2019, Chicago; Hatch Art House, Madison, WI and the Silver Room Block Party 100 Canvas Event in Chicago. She is currently one of four artists in the BridgeWork art accelerator program at Art Lit Lab in Madison.

Sharon was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, moving to Madison in the early 90’s. She attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, studying Social Work and Afro American studies and went on to work in the domestic violence field and serving women in poverty at organizations like the YWCA of Madison and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Self-taught, with a few classes along the way, Sharon entered the art world as a second passion after a life slowdown due to Lupus and sickle cell disease created the space to re-discover her love of art in the form of painting. Her medium of choice is acrylic paint, though she’s known to dabble in mixed media. 

BUY SHARON’S ARTWORK NOW: Untitled. Brown #5

The Brown series illuminates the pearls and gems that can be found in the black community when one takes a moment to connect individually and not see all BIPOC people as a mass of Brown. The series features a monochromatic background and skin tone and a vibrant pop of color with African print.

Untitled. Brown #5
Anikka African Woman Canvas

Anikka African Woman Canvas

A compelling celebration of Black culture and beauty!

Get ready in Fall 2023 to purchase this artwork as a caftan!


An ode to African diaspora, natural hair and mud cloth

Ashro staff wearing Black artist artwork on caftan
Suzanne, Ashro’s Sr. Merchandising Manager, wearing Sharon’s artwork on a caftan!

Stay tuned for more from Sharon in our Artist Series!

“I seek to honor the individuality of people of color and to depict the different ways we go about expressing our Blackness.”

-Sharon L. Bjyrd

Comments (3)

Hello all, I’m an artist out in Houston, Texas and I was wondering if you all was going to do another art contest, I’d like to enter? Thank you in advanced.

Hi Sonya! We hope to continue our artist showcase contest in 2024, however, we are not sure yet if we will. Please stay in touch on our blogs and social media so you’ll know as soon as we announce it!

I love ASHRO style. SOME items better than other. We want the classic design look &; quality of material is MOST important quality,quality,quality BAM- bam!

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