Sherrie McGraw is recognized as one of America's foremost artists and teachers. She both studied and taught at the famed Art Students League of New York and her work has received many awards from prestigious New York art organizations, such as the Salmagundi Club and the National Arts Club. Her work has been included in a number of shows in major museums throughout the country, including the Butler Institute of American Art where she had a major retrospective in 2014. Its Board of Trustees recently awarded her their highest award—the Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement in American Art.
McGraw lectures for art institutions such as the Portrait Society of America, Brigham Young University, and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2010. A gifted writer, McGraw is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Language of Drawing: From an Artist’s Viewpoint, which has drawn worldwide praise for its clear and simple approach to the art of drawing. She edited and wrote the foreword to The Drawings of Nicolai Fechin by Russia’s famed author Galina Tuluzakova, and co-edited Galina’s new scholarly treatise on Fechin’s legacy to the art world, Nicolai Fechin—The Art and the Life. She is presently writing an instructional book on painting.