Desy Schoenewies received her M.F.A. in painting from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2010. Her Master’s thesis work consists of large scale figurative oil painting in a series titled, Interactions. In addition to oil painting, she has experience working with a number of mediums and themes, including encaustic, collage, drawing, and illustrative works. Her paintings are consistently exhibited in juried or invited exhibitions in local, national, and international shows. Desy has taught middle school and high school art in the St. Louis area for 9 years before moving to San Francisco, California in 2010. She taught art at the City College of San Francisco and was involved in a number of drawing and painting groups in California before moving to the Black Hills of South Dakota in 2012. Desy is in her sixth year of teaching art at Black Hills State University. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Rapid City Arts Council.