Sheila Ghidini was born in Connecticut. She attended Hartford Art School, University of Hartford and graduate work at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She completed an M.F.A. in sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving the Sylvan and Pam Coleman Memorial Fellowship. Sheila was an artist-in residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts and The American Academy in Rome. She has received grants from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, the Krasner-Pollack Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Marcelle Labaudt Memorial Fund, Rockefeller Foundation and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Sheila is presently represented by Chandra Cerrito Contemporary in Oakland, California. She has taught art throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco State University, California College of the Arts, and University of California, Berkeley. She presently teaches at the University of California, Berkeley Extensions and has been there since 2000.