A native of Nebraska, Shea Wilkinson has been sewing since childhood. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and German from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. After graduation, she taught English in Mexico; during this time she became passionate about creating art. She returned to the United States and immediately pursued a career as an artist. She has exhibited widely in national juried exhibitions, including Craft Forms, Materials: Hard & Soft, Focus Fiber, and The Artist as Quiltmaker. Shea has received numerous awards, including the James Renwick Alliance’s Chrysalis award for a distinguished emerging artist in 2016. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska.