Shara Hughes (b. 1981, Atlanta, GA) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and later attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent solo exhibitions include the Newport Art Museum (Newport, RI), Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera (New York, NY), and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (Atlanta, GA), among others. In May 2018, Hughes completed Carving Out Fresh Options, a large-scale mural in Boston, MA, commissioned by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in partnership with the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Hughes has participated in numerous group exhibitions, at venues such as MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA) and the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA). Hughes was also included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY). Her work is in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX), the Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO), the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA), the Jorge M. Perez Collection (Miami, FL), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (Atlanta, GA), the North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC), Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), among others.