Bonnie Sklarski has been an important part of the continuity and reputation of the painting program at Indiana University since 1970. She received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute and an M.F.A. from Brooklyn College. As an early post-modernist figurative artist, she has exhibited widely and was represented by Robert Schoelkopf Gallery NYC, the More Gallery Philadelphia, and currently by Heike Pickett Gallery Kentucky. Her expertise in anatomy for the artist and plain air landscape painting combined with an interest in metaphorical narrative defines her work and teaching.
Regarding art education, she has said, “When I left the world of illustration for academia, it was because the excitement of thinking and talking about Art was more important to me than money . . . and still is. If we continue to promote an attitude of Art as simple, visual perception, and problem solving we lose the essence of Art which is to examine our humanity.” Professor Sklarski has been a full professor since 1983, and in 1998 was awarded the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.