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graphic designer and educator

Sharon Garrison Beachum, American graphic designer and educator.


Beachum, Sharon Garrison was born on December 1, 1953 in Oklahoma City. Daughter of Troy S. and Madelene L. (Ball) Swift.


Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors magna cum laude, University Oklahoma, 1975. Master of Fine Arts summa cum laude, Old Dominion U./Norfolk State, 1986.


Teacher art, Bureau Indian Affairs and Shawnee (Oklahoma) Public Schools, 1976;graduate assistant screenprint, Old Dominion U., Norfolk, Virginia, 1985;instructor design, figure drawing, commercial art, Governor's Magnet School for the Arts, Norfolk, 1985-1988;assistant professor art, Hampton (Virginia) U., since 1988;interim chair department art, Hampton (Virginia) U., 1990-1991;chair department art, Hampton (Virginia) U., 1991-1994;curator department of art gallery, Hampton (Virginia) U., 1990-1994. Instructor photo workshop Ghent Venture Senior Citizens Programs, Norfolk, 1987. Instructor arts and crafts Norfolk Academy Summer Art Camp, 1986-1989.

Instructor photography d'Art Center, Norfolk, 1986-1987. Instructor advanced graphic design Norfolk State University, 1987. Instructor advertising design Tidewater Community College, Chesapeake, Virginia, 1987.

Instructor photography Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, 1990. Exchange faculty International College Academics and Business, Kanuma, Tochigi-Ken, Japan, summer 1993. Owner Swift Graphics, 1977-1992.


  • Other Work

    • Technology illustrator Telemedia, Incorporated, Norfolk, 1980-1982. Lead technical artist Medical Illustration Department, University Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, 1977-1980. Artist University Oklahoma Press, Norman, 1975-1977.

      Illustrator department zoology University Oklahoma, 1973-1975. Exhibitions include Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, 1976, Oklahoma Museum Art, Oklahoma City, 1978, Grover Cleveland Art Center, 1978, OMNIPLEX Museum, 1979, 80, Stewart Wilson Gallery, New York City, 1981, Franklin Furnace, 1983, Peninsula Fine Arts Association, Newport News, Virginia, 1983, 88, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, 1984, 86, 87, 90, 91 (Merit award 1986, Purchase award 1986), Artists Against Hunger Show and Auction, 1985, Bodyworks, Norfolk, 1985, 87, d'Art Center, Norfolk, 86, 87, 91, 93, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, 1986, 88, 92 (Photography award 1986), Technical Architecture Group Gallery, Norfolk, 1987, 88, Cafe 21 Town Point Center, 1987, Virginia Society Photographic Arts Exhibit, Richmond, 1987, Hermitage Foundation Museum, Norfolk, 1987, American Diabetes Show and Auction, Virginia Beach, 1987, 88, On the Hill, Yorktown, Virginia, 1987, Virginia Beach Pavilion, 1988, Old Dominion University Gallery, Norfolk, 1988, Washington Center Photography, 1988, 89, Virginia Beach Arts Center, 1988, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1989, Forex Gallery, 1989, Armstrong-Slater Gallery, Hampton, 1992, Birke Gallery of Art, Huntington, West Virginia, 1992, Hill Gallery, Yorktown, Virginia, 1992, d'Art Center, Norfolk, 1993, Armstrong-Slate Gallery, Hampton, 1994, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, 1995, CHristopher Newport University, Newport News, 1995, Peninsula Fine Art Center, 1996, Greater Reston (Virginia) Art Center, 1996. Represented in permanent collections Franklin Furnace, Chrysler Museum, various private collections.

      Photographs reproduced in numerous publications.


Chairman Treasures Great and Small, Technical Architecture Group Gallery d'Art Center, Norfolk, 1987. Co-curator national screenprint show Old Dominion University Gallery, Norfolk, 1985-1987. Member American Association of University Women, Chrysler Museum, College Art Association, Graphic Design Educators Association, National Association Schools of Art and Design, Society of Photographic Educators, Southeastern College Art Association, Tidewater Artists Association (board directors exhibition committee, gallery guidelines committee 1986-1988, publicity chairman 1986-1987), Virginia Museum Fine Arts, Virginia Beach Art Center, Virginia Society Photographic Artists, Phi Kappa Phi.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: gardening, reading, traveling.


Married Brian E. Beachum, August 5, 1989.

Troy S. Swift

Madelene L. (Ball) Swift

Brian E. Beachum