Shirley Ernst began her painting studies with Joseph Plavcan in Erie PA. She holds a BFA from Syracuse University. At the Uniersity of Iowa, she has studied printmaking with Mauricio Lasansky and drawing with James Lechay. She has most recently studied painting with Angelo Ippolito and drawing with Don DeMauro at SUNY Binghamton.
Current gallery member: Cooperative Gallery 213
1959, 2nd National Jury Show (Chautauqua Association) Janet Bellinger Parker award.
1952, Joseph and Emily Lowe Foundation: Full four-year art scholarship to Syracuse University