Born: 1958, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Education: B.S.E. in mathematics, University of Central Arkansas

I am primarily a self-taught artist. I've had a lot of help along the way, most notably in the person of Tarrence Corbin, an inspiring teacher and accomplished abstract painter. I had the good fortune of being befriended and mentored by Mr. Corbin when I first began drawing. I have continued, finding my way by doing, reading, and studying the works of realist artists whom I greatly admire.

Memberships:

  • The International Guild of Realism
  • The Colored Pencil Society of America

Publications:

2011    Featured artist - Competition Spotlight section of the June issue of The Artist's Magazine
2006    Featured artist in the Winter 2006 issue of DRAWING an American Artist's publication

Recent Exhibitions and Awards:

2015

  • The International Guild of Realism's Masterworks Museum Tour
  • 57th Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
  • Solo Exhibition, "Behold: Drawings by Sheila Cantrell", University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AR

2014

  • Individual Artist Fellowship Award, Works on Paper, Arkansas Arts Council, Little Rock, AR
  • 56th Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

2013

  • 26th Annual Small Works on Paper Exhibition, Arkansas Artist's Registry, Little Rock, AR
  • Valentines Group Show, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • National Contemporary Realism, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2012

  • 25th Annual Small Works on Paper Exhibition, Arkansas Artist's Registry, Little Rock, AR
  • Valentines Group Show, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • National Contemporary Realism, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • Women in the Arts Exhibition, Greg Thompson Fine Art, North Little Rock, AR

2011

  • Open Small Works Exhibition of the National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY, Third Place Award
  • 24th Annual Small Works on Paper Exhibition, Arkansas Artist's Registry, Little Rock, AR
  • National Contemporary Realism, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • Annual Members Exhibition of The National Association of Women Artists, Sylvia Wald/Po Kim Gallery, New York, NY, First Place Award,works on paper category.
  • VMRC's Eighth Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Harrisonburg, VA
  • The Colored Pencil Society of America's 19th Annual International Exhibition in Richardson, TX
  • The 2nd Annual Spectacular Colored Pencil Exhibition, Science Museum Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK, Third Place Award
  • The International Guild of Realism 6th Annual Juried Exhibition, Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2008-2011

  • The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century, Smith Kramer travelling museum exhibition

2010

  • International Guild of Realism 5th Annual Juried Exhibition, J. Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
  • 52nd Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, Honorable Mention Award
  • The Artist's Magazine 27th Annual Art Competition, Finalist in the Still Life/Floral category
  • 23rd Annual Small Works on Paper Exhibition, Arkansas Artist's Registry, Little Rock, AR
  • 18th Annual Miniature Show, Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA
  • National Contemporary Realism, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • Arts in the Air "Bountiful Arkansas" Professional Art Exhibit, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Petit Jean Mountain, AR

2009

  • International Guild of Realism 4th Annual Juried Exhibition, Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, FL, Best of Drawing Award
  • 22nd Annual Small Works on Paper Exhibition, Arkansas Artist's Registry, Little Rock, AR
  • 4th Annual Arts in the Air Professional Art Exhibit and Sale, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Petit Jean Mountain, Arkansas: Three works receiving the Best of Show Award, Purchase Award, and Award of Merit
  • National Contemporary Realism, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • The Colored Pencil Society of America's 17th Annual International Exhibition in Atlanta, GA
  • 15th Annual Artists of Northwest Arkansas Regional Exhibition, Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale, AR, Award for Best in Pastel/Drawing/Colored Pencil
  • September Group Show, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2008

  • 21st Annual Small Works on Paper Exhibition, Arkansas Artist's Registry, Little Rock, AR
  • Valentines Group Show, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • National Contemporary Realism, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • Cantrell/Ausley Exhibit, The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, Hot Springs, AR
  • 23rd Annual Conservatory Art Classic Exhibition, Bosque Conservatory of Art, Clifton, TX
  • September Group Show, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • The Annual Small Works Show, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2007

  • The Annual Small Works Show, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • Finely Rendered: Still Life Drawings of Sheila Cantrell, Baum Gallery, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR
  • Grand Praire Festival of Art, Stuttgart, AR, Best of Show Award
  • Diamond National Juried Exhibit, The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, Hot Springs, AR, First Place Award, Oils and Other media
  • Contemporary Realism 2007, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • Flowers in February, Sherry French Gallery, New York City, NY

2006

  • 2nd Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibition, Manitou Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • Small-Sizes - Precious Pieces, Sherry French Gallery, New York City, NY
  • Drawings - Sheila and Allison Cantrell, The Ozark Heritage Arts Center, Leslie, AR
  • The Colored Pencil Society of America's 14th Annual International Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM
  • Gallery and Invited Artists, Sherry French Gallery, New York City, NY
  • Painting=Poetry, Sherry French Gallery, New York City, NY
  • 19th Annual Small Works on Paper Exhibition, Arkansas Artists Registry, Little Rock, AR

2005

  • The Irene Rosenzweig 2005 Biennial Exhibition, Arts & Science Center, Pine Bluff, AR, Purchase Award
  • 48th Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
  • 18th Annual Small Works on Paper Exhibition, Arkansas Artists Registry, Little Rock, AR, Purchase Award