Biographical Sketch for Gwendolyn English

Artist, Teacher

Gwendolyn English has been teaching art for 27 years.  For 15 years, Gwendolyn taught Introduction to Studio Art, Studio Art 1 and 2, Advanced Placement Drawing, Advanced Placement Sculpture, Digital Photography, Printmaking and Ceramics at The Hutchison School and Saint George’s Independent School in Memphis. In 2010 she founded Studio Bloom, where she works with students individually to develop their unique artistic gifts. Her specialty is individual portfolio development.  Her students have been recognized by the Scholastic Art Awards at the city, and national levels, presented work at the Frist Museum in Nashville, TN and selected for the Governors School for the Arts.  Some of her students have obtained degrees at prestigious colleges such as the Rhode Island School of Design, Cooper Union School of Architecture, Savannah College of Art and Design, Southern Methodist University, Washington University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cal Arts, and Parsons School or Art and Design. Her former students are pursuing careers in Applied Design, Animation, Architecture, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Film, Fashion, and Interior Design.

Gwendolyn received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking from Southern Illinois University in 1990 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Papermaking and Bookarts from Memphis College of Art in 1995.  Over the years, Gwendolyn has donated her artistic talents to a variety of charities and community service organizations including the Child Advocacy Center, the Mental Health Association, the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, MIFA, Habitat for Humanity, Memphis Arts Council and the Meeman Center at Rhodes College.  Gwendolyn is a teaching artist trained in both the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center model for arts integrated learning.  She is a teaching artist for Delta Arts and Arts Memphis.  Gwendolyn continues to create, exhibit and sell her paintings, jewelry and unique art books.  Her work has been shown in the Brooks Museum of Art, Delta Axis in Memphis, highlighted in Mid-South Living and Southern Women magazine as well as the HGTV show That’s Clever.