Sheri Dodd-So

Class of 1995

Sheri Dodd-So
Sheri graduated from STA in 1995. She is a professional artist based in the Greater Kansas City area.

Who inspired you to pursue a career in fine art?
I felt as though I would become an artist at a very young age. Throughout the years, family and friends encouraged and supported most of my efforts in art. 

At St. Teresa’s Academy my art instructor, Sister Mary Ann Lavin, gave me the confidence to participate in numerous art contests. Art takes constant practice, trial and error, and the ability to take criticism with grace. Sister Mary Ann was a wonderful role model and inspiration to me. Positive feedback, scholastic art awards and the potential to become a better artist was what kept me on track to pursue fine art as a career.

What’s the most rewarding part of your career?
One of the most fulfilling experiences with art is to realize that your work is the beauty of the beholders eye. Your natural gift of shifting an imagined image into a physical work of art will forever be what drives you to create even more. Your ability to create art will directly and positively impact your family, community and lifestyle. 

My experience as a professional artist has been a very joyful ride throughout my life! I have had the opportunity to meet many other amazing artists, travel to other countries and teach on occasion. The flexibility of being a freelance artist makes for a challenging yet rewarding life. 

What words of wisdom do you have for students aspiring to a STEAM career?
Right before the pandemic shutdown, I decided to grab my sewing machine and head to New York with my husband. Since art exhibits were discontinued, I planned to sew masks and sell them to friends and family. I gave masks to those who needed them, such as groups of nurses who used them to cover their N95 masks. I’ve sewed over 1200 masks now and this proves you can get through tough times, even as an artist.