talent was recognized very early in Shirley Moss' life. Her parents
not only recognized that talent but cultivated it while she was
still in elementary school. They encouraged her to enroll in a pilot
program at the Cleveland Institute of Art that permitted mature
talented children to participate in college level classes. Four
years in this program gave her a solid foundation in various art
disciplines. She subsequently received numerous scholastic awards
in art and mathematics while in public school and was awarded three
separate scholarships upon graduation from high school. She continued
her art studies at Fenn College in Cleveland, Ohio and at Ohio University
while earning a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Shirley taught briefly in Ohio after graduating from Ohio University.
She relocated to California where her strong interest in mathematics
led her to the aerospace industry. She spent the next five years
performing thermal stress analysis on new designs of solid rocket
motors. She returned to the education field to teach high school
mathematics and ultimately, aeronautical engineering to high school
students. She attended Sacramento State University in Sacramento,
California on a National Science Foundation scholarship in mathematics
and continued her education to earn a Master's in Education from
United States International University of San Diego, California.
Shirley resumed her art studies shortly thereafter and focused on
life sculpture and bronze casting. The early art training and her
natural talent were quickly apparent in the detail and sensitivity
of the work she produced. Her style of human figures and portraits
was easily recognizable for its subtle, unique natural appearance.
Her wide range of interests led her to study and work in several
mediums and styles from bronze portrait and figurative studies to
investigating sculpture methods and styles of Egyptian, Pre-Columbian
American art and Southwestern American Indian clay pottery. Shirley
is best known for her unique miniature bronze figures but her portraits
and life size commission work are a growing part of her creative
Her professional art career began in 1996 with a commissioned life
size bronze portrait that was installed in the permanent collection
of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, Illinois.
She began exhibiting in significant sculpture shows in Colorado
and Southern California in 1998. Her figurative work has received
numerous awards in the juried shows and much acclaim in the open
exhibits. Shirley's bronzes currently grace the homes of patrons
in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Colorado, California
and Washington. Her life size commissions are installed in the DuSable
Museum of African American History in Chicago, Illinois, Pro Football
Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio and at North Central College in Naperville,
Illinois. Galleries in Illinois and Southern California currently
represent her. Shirley retired from teaching in 1999 and is devoting
her full time to her art.