Awards include the Basil H. Alkazzi Award For Excellence in Painting in 2012 and a commission from MTA, Arts for Transit, completed in 2012. Sears' work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Hudson River Museum (Yonkers, NY), Kenise Barnes Fine Art (Larchmont, NY), Metaphor Contemporary Art (Brooklyn, NY), Joyce Goldstein Gallery (Chatham, NY), Ruth Siegel Gallery (New York, NY), Anderson Gallery (Richmond, VA), and Richmond Artist's Workshop (Richmond, VA) and a two person exhibition at Tria Gallery (NYC - Chelsea). Group exhibitions include exhibitions at Lehman College Art Gallery (Bronx, NY), Sirona Fine Art (Hallandale Beach, FL), ROCA (Nyack, NY), Central Booking (Brooklyn, NY), Art Gate Gallery (New York, NY), Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State, Tel Aviv, Israel from 2006-08, multiple shows at Metaphor Contemporary Art (Brooklyn, NY), Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery (Bronx, NY), Joyce Goldstein Gallery (Chatham, NY), Edward Hopper House (Nyack, NY), Kenise Barnes Fine Art (Larchmont, NY), The Gallery at Pfizer Learning Center (Rye Brook, NY), Bergen Museum of Art and Science (Paramus, N.J.), Marymount Manhattan Gallery (New York City), Ruth Siegel Gallery (New York, NY), Churchman Fehsenfeld Gallery (Indianapolis, ID), Herron Gallery (Indianapolis, ID), Virginia Museum of Fine Art (Richmond, VA), Fayerweather Gallery (Charlottesville, VA), and A.R.T.S. Gallery (New York, NY). In addition to being awarded the Basil Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting, Sears has been a three time recipient of a fellowship from Virginia Center for the Arts (VCCA) and her work is in the collections of the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, Bank of America, Sidney and Frances Lewis of Richmond, VA, American Telephone and Telegraphy, IL, NYU Langone Medical Center, NY and numerous private collections. Sears has lived and worked in Brooklyn, NY since 1985 and in 2021 moved to the Northern Neck of Virginia and the town of White Stone.