Stout, from Pittsburgh and with a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon, has the distinction of being the first American artist to exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. Her work ranges from painting to drawing to photography and installation. She does it all.
Sharrow was born in NYC and raised in Chicago. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute. As much due to where she went to school and grew up as style, she has often been lumped in with the artists of the "Chicago School." Her work does not, however, conform to any school or grouping of artists. But, boy do art-folks like to hang labels on art!