MONIQUE SARKESSIAN Biography
Monique Sarkessian earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in painting at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. In continuing studies she has studied 18th Century European furniture painting, art education, and traditional icon painting with a Russian master iconographer. She has also taken workshops with internationally recognized painters Stanley Bielen, Dale O. Roberts, Jeff Schaller, Jon Redmond and Moe Brooker.
She was an art educator with Prints in Progress a prominent after school Philadelphia art program. She also developed and taught the art curriculum for grades 1-8 at the Armenian Sister’s Academy, Radnor for several years as well as area summer camps such as St. Aloysius and Chester County Art Association. She also juried and curated several area art exhibits. The 2015 Centennial of the Armenian Genocide artifact exhibit in Wynnewood, PA was widely acclaimed for its curating and display.
Since 1984, Monique’s work has been shown and honored with awards at numerous exhibitions across the country including 2 museums.
Some of her recent awards include second place for painting out of 84 painters in the inaugural Plein Air Brandywine Valley Art Competition, 3rd place in Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2013 as well as awards by Artist’s Equity, juried shows at Harcum College, Montgomery County Community College, Main Line Art Center and Chester County Art Association.