Sharon Grace

Professor Emerita
New Genres

Sharon Grace’s working philosophy is informed by her concept that “content flies on the wings of form”. Her landmark works have been realized in various media, including telecommunications, video installation, interactive digital systems; and sculpture in stone and steel. Grace began her early work apprenticing with video/installation artist Nam June Paik and video engineer Shuya Abe. Working at WGBH and WNET with Paik and Abe, she assisted in building Video Synthesizers, including one of her own.

At NASA, in 1977, she was the west-coast artist/project leader forSEND/RECEIVE, the first interactive coast-to-coast satellite artist network. This was the inaugural event for artists to have a presence on the emerging Internet. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Award of Honor for Outstanding Achievement in Video Art from the City of San Francisco. Grace has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Her works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally in venues including the Metro Opera in Madrid, Spain, Informatique at the Venice Biennale, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Selected Exhibitions: 

  • A Motion Picture, for the opening of the New De Young Museum, 2007
  • Solid Concept, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA, 2003
  • Parallels and Intersections, Art, Women and California, San Jose Museum of Art, 2002
  • Women of Vision, 2000. Theatrical Premier of PBS Series. Sponsored by Dolby Labs of San Francisco. Broadcast on KQED, and other PBS Stations.

Selected Publications: 

  • Scotton, Bruce W. “Virtual Reality.” The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal Volume 10, No. 4, 1992.
  • Harris, Marguerite P. “Thought, Object and Experience in Film/Video Installation Art.” The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research Volume LXXXVII: Human Creation Between Reality and Illusion: 185-197.
  • Fuller, Diana Burgess, ed. Art/Women/California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersections. University Press Books, 2002.
  • Wilson, Stephen. Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science and Technology. The MIT Press, 2002.


  • California Institute of the Arts, 1972
  • Apprentice with Video/Installation Artist Nam June Paik and Video Engineer Shuya Abe for two years at WNET New York & WGBH Boston, the Experimental TV Center in Binghamton, NY, SUNY Buffalo, NY, and MIT.