SHELBY HEAD has worked as a professional sculptor for over thirty years. Her work has been widely exhibited and is represented in numerous private and corporate collections. Head's education includes M.F.A. studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and she received her M.A. in sculpture at Adams State University in Colorado. She has extensive technical experience working as a professional mold-maker and wax technician for several art foundries in New Mexico and as a wax technician for sculptor, Tom Otterness. In the 1980s, Head built models and supervised model-makers for stop-motion animated television commercials and music videos in New York City. Shelby Head is represented by Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in Stamford, CT. 

Precisely made, pared-down, and minimal presentation, the contemporary works of Shelby Head explore different theories, techniques, and ideas that are organized in collections. Infused with a sense of simplicity and refinement, her image is derived from the essence of an idea. Paper, light, metal, wood, plastic, and found objects are some of the materials used over many years to produce works of art that create an elegant and intricate balance between depth and simplicity. 

Curriculum Vitae


2016      CONTEXT, New York, NY

2016      Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL


2018       Whitney Center for the Arts, Sheridan College, Sheridan, WY

2017       Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Stamford, CT

2015       Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Stamford, CT

2014       Paul Mellon Arts Center, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT  

2014      Hilles Gallery, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT

2014      A- Space Gallery, West Haven, CT

2013      Cloyde Snook Gallery, Alamosa, CO

2013      City Gallery, New Haven, CT

2011      City Gallery, New Haven, CT

2011      The New Haven Lawn Club, New Haven, CT

2005      City Gallery, New Haven, CT


2018       Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH

2017       Fabric of Cultures Exhibition, Queens College, New York City

2015       Sacred Heart University, Stamford, CT      

2014       Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Over-Looked, The Reveal, Stamford, CT

2014       Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Thank You, CT group show, work selected by critic Anthony Haden-Guest, Stamford, CT

2014       Guild Group Show, Silvermine Arts Center, curated by Deanna Haggag, director of the Contemporary Baltimore,  New Canaan, CT

2013       “Where are WE (going)?” Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT 

2013       Lyman Center, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT

2013      “New Member’s” Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, CT

2012     “Thank You, CT" Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Stamford, CT 

2012       Rockwell Gallery, Ridgefield, CT

2012      “Local Builders” West Cove A-Space Gallery, West Haven, CT

2010      “Give Art” City Gallery, New Haven, CT

2006       Khaki Gallery, Wellesley, MA

2006      “Micro/Macro” City Gallery, New Haven, CT

2004      “Conceptual People” City Gallery, New Haven, CT

2004      “State of Mind” Small Space Gallery, New Haven, CT

2003      “Cold” Arts and Literature Laboratory, New Haven, CT

2003       Arts Connecticut, Mill Gallery, Guilford, CT

2002      Beyond Care, Branford, CT

2001      Open Studios, New Haven, CT

2001      Connecticut Woman Arts, Bridgeport, CT

2000      Beyond Care, Branford, CT

1999      Open Studios, New Haven, CT

1998      Open Studios, New Haven, CT

1998      Chester Gallery, Chester, CT

1997      Stonington Vineyards Gallery, Stonington, CT

1997      “Object of Desire” Mill Gallery, Guilford, CT


2017      Fellowship awarded by the Jentel Artist Residency Program

2017      The Artist’s Resource Trust grant of $5000.00

2014      Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery's annual "Thank You, CT" 2012 and 2014 show. 2012 - Juried by Livia Straus, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill. 2014 – Juried by critic Anthony Haden-Guest

2012      Silvermine Guild Artist Member

2012      Judith Tannenbaum, Curator of Contemporary Art at RISD Museum Received Top sculpture Award, juried by Gullian Forrester and Deta Reid, curator of The British Art Museum

2011      Jerry’s Artarama Award, juried by Judith Tannenbaum, Curator of Contemporary Art at RISD Museum

2010      Sculpture award Juried by William Zimmer, Contribution Art Critic, New York Times; James Rondeau, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, The Wadsworth Athenaeum


2014      Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT

2014      Hilles Gallery, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT  

2014      A-Space Gallery, West Haven, CT 

2013      Cloyde Snook Gallery, Alamosa, CO  

2012      United Illuminating Headquarters, Orange, CT. Articulation I and Articulation II


Rowen Gray, July 17, 2017, “Paper And Light”, Take, July 17, 2017,

Susan Dunne, 'Thank You CT' Exhibit Curated By Its Artists, Hartford Courant, August 13, 2015,

Truelian Lee, The News, November 14, 2014

    Artists Set Up Shop to Benefit Yerwood Center
    Stamford, CT - Published on September 14 2014 09:20:11 PM
    Local artists are on a mission here in Stamford, moving into this gallery on Bedford Street where they're using their talents to open our eyes. Some sculpt, others weave or paint, but each artist here at the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery is united on one thing: "I really understand the importance of those after-school programs," said artist...

    Scott Gargan "FLA thanks state's artists" The Advocate Pulse, July 29, 2012

    Leah Lopez Schmalz “Head and Shoulders above the Rest” The Source, April 13, 2005

    Amy Barry Spotlight on the Arts” The Source, August, 2003

    Shirley Gonzales “Spotlight” Pictorial Gazette, February 24, 1998

    June E. Dee “Sticking to Her Own Ideas” The Hartford Courant, February 3, 1998

    Sara Nakin “Museum Piece” The New Haven Advocate, September 4, 1997

    Earl Killeen “Not So Scary Sculpture” The Shoreline Times, Spring 1995


    2017      Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner, WY

    2004      KHN Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE

    2005      Artcroft, Carlisle, KY

    2005      Red Cinder Creativity Center, Na´alehu, HI