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artist , educator

Martha Sheats Desposito, American Artist, educator. Recipient 1st place award Commonwealth Bank, 1994, Merit award 1st National.Bank, 1990, Honorary Mention, Art Calendar Magazine, 1997; Graduate School grantee U. Kentucky, 1990; Allen R. Hite scholar U. Louisville, 1986. Member National Museum of Women in the Arts, Women's Caucus for Art, College Art Association, Pittsburgh Center for Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art, Sweetwater Center for Arts.


Desposito, Martha Sheats was born on November 16, 1945 in Pensacola, Florida, United States. Daughter of Carl William Sheats and Mina Jean (Glenn) Presley.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fiber Design cum laude, University Louisville, 1986. Master of Fine Arts in Painting, University Kentucky, 1990.


Adjunct Professor, U. Louisville, 1989; Adjunct Professor, Indiana U. S.E., New Albany, 1990; Adjunct Professor, Notre Dame College, Cleveland, 1992-1994; Adjunct Professor, Lakeland Community College, Cleveland, 1993-1994; Adjunct Professor, Ursuline College, Cleveland, since 1994;art teacher, Sweetwater Center for Arts, Sewickley, Pennsylvania, since 1994;art teacher, Pittsburgh Center for Arts, since 1997. Board directors art advisory board Notre Dame College, Cleveland, 1992-1996.


  • Other Work

    • One person shows include Spalding University Gallery, Louisville, 1988, Colonial Gallery, Cleveland, 1991, Kent (Ohio) State Student Center Gallery, 1992, Notre Dame College Gallery, Euclid, Ohio, 1992, Bolton Art Gallery, Cleveland, 1993, Kimbo Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, 1995, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 1995, Sweetwater Center for Arts, 1997, Glenville State College, 1998. Exhibited in group shows including J. B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, 1984, 88, Evansville (Indiana) Museum of Arts and Sciences, 1985, 87, Crescent Gallery, Louisville, 1986, 87, University Wisconsin, Green Bay, 1987, Owensboro (Kentucky) Museum Fine Art, 1988, Center Bank Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky, 1988, Western Illinois University, Macomb, 1989, Franklin St. Gallery, Chicago 1990, Warehouse District, Cleveland, 1990, Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, 1991, Trumbell Art Gallery, Warren, Ohio, 1991, Art at the Power House, Cleveland, 1992, 93, Commonwealth Bank, Louisville, 1994, Mansfield (Ohio) Art Center, 1994, Bank 1 Gallery, Louisville, 1995, Gallery at Cedar Hollow, Malvern, Pennsylvania, 1995, Hoyt Institute of Art national and regional shows, Pittsburgh, 1996, Three Rivers Art Festival, Pittsburgh, 1996, Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, 1997, Billingsley Gallery, Pensacola, 1997, Southern Alleghenies Museum Art, 1998-1999, Pennsylvania Southwest Regional, 1999, Agora Gallery, New York, 1999. Regional artist for S. Allegheny's Museum of Art, 1998-1999.

      Represented in corporation collections National City Bank, Louisville, Sarnoff Deposition Service, Incorporated, Los Angeles, Western Illinois University, Macomb, PNC Bank, Louisville, Crown Equipment Corporation, New Bremen, Ohio. Works featured in publications including Pensacola Magazine, Pittsburgh Magazine, Fiber Arts Design Book IV, V and VI Cleveland, Now Magazine, Pensacola Magazine.


Member National Museum of Women in the Arts, Women's Caucus for Art, College Art Association, Pittsburgh Center for Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art, Sweetwater Center for Arts.


Married Angelo John Desposito, August 21, 1965. Children: Angelo John III, Jean Paige.

Carl William Sheats Presley

Mina Jean (Glenn) Presley

Angelo John Desposito

Angelo John III Desposito

Jean Paige Desposito