Sheila Schwid, born in 1932 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, began studying art at the age of thirteen. She received her BA in English Literature at the University of Omaha. She also studied with esteemed artists, including Milton Wolsky, learning the basics of life drawing, landscape and still life. In 1956, she attended the Art Center College in Los Angeles. She returned to Omaha, and later moved to New York City, Puerto Rico and Ohio, before settling in the artists’ community, Westbeth in 1965.
Sheila Schwid’s artistic career includes sculpture, drawing, printmaking and painting. Her current work, based upon observation, reaction and interpretation of urban street scenes through the lens of reflection, bridges the divide between realism and abstraction. Her approach gives the viewer enough visual cues to decipher the scene while using the reflections to disjoint the image, creating a wonderful tension that is at once familiar and foreign.
Sheila Schwid has exhibited in both group and solo shows, including the New York City 10th Street Galleries in 1959-60. In 1973 she was in the "Women Choose Women" show at the New York Cultural Center where she was reviewed by Roslyn Drexler in the Sunday New York Times. In addition to having curated several shows, her work is held in many private collections.