Sonja earned her B.A. in Fine Arts from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, her M.F.A. in painting/drawing from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, and, her M.L.S. from Indiana University, Bloomington, In. She has served on the Indiana University Library Faculty as the Director of the IUPUI Herron Art Library since 1996. She earned full rank librarian status in 2012.
She is a practicing artist and works in many mediums. Her body of work includes oils, watercolors, pastels, charcoal, and, printmaking, Currently, her focus is in relief and letterpress printing, papermaking, and the book arts. In addition to her full time appointment with IU, she is working on a Certificate in the Book Arts/Printmaking at the Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida. She has exhibited in Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, and Florida; and was one of the co-founding members of the co-op gallery, The Bellevue Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana 1987.