Artist Statement

German philosopher G.F.W. Hegel teaches us there is truth in art and that art is a striking way in which we understand ourselves in a given historical moment. I believe the social function of my art practice lies in presenting truth as an important social form of self-awareness. As an artist and activist, my recent work is built on the practice of understanding the importance of my creative commitment as a source of potential change by generating public discourse on critical issues.

Bio

Shelby Head been widely exhibited through solo and group exhibitions that include art fairs CONTEXT, New York and Art Palm Beach. Her recent work has been made possible through generous fellowship grants from A.R.T Fund, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, ASU Social Practice Residency sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Merit Grant, Connecticut Artist Fellowship Grant, and Jentel Artist Residency fellowship. Sculpture Space’s Review Panel and Board of Directors selected Head for their 2020 Artist in Residence program.

Head has extensive technical experience working as a professional mold maker and wax technician for Shidoni art foundry and she worked as a technician for sculptor Tom Otterness. She worked as project manager and model maker for stop-motion animated television commercials and music videos in New York City. Head is represented by Alvarez Gallery.

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Curriculum Vitae

SELECTED ART FAIRS

2016      CONTEXT, New York, NY

2016      Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 Cloyde Snook Gallery, Alamosa, CO

2018       Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Stamford, CT

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

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION 

2019 Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT

2018       Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH

2018       Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Stamford, CT

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

SELECTED AWARDS

2019 CT Artist Fellowship Grant

2019      Challenge America funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Social Practice Residency in the San Luis Valley

2019      VSC Merit Grant, Vermont Studio Center

2019      VSC Community service Exchange Award, Vermont Studio Center

2018      Fellowship awarded by the Jentel Artist Residency Program

2017      The Artist’s Resource Trust grant, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

2012      Silvermine Guild Artist Member

2012     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

INSTALLATIONS

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

SELECTED PRESS

Lucy Gellman, Nasty Women Prove Sublime, Arts Paper, March, 11 2019, https://www.newhavenarts.org/arts-paper/articles/tag/nasty-women-new-haven

Brian Slattery, Nasty Women Get Divine, New Haven Independent, March, 5 2019, https://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/nasty_women_divinity_school/?fbclid=IwAR0VFVeWwcUtOlbKz88lac5R0zDEPLzloWz9BWcOv7LR06FyUMpRYMrTYFw#.XH6tmlMomd0.facebook

Ignacio Laguarda, “Artist Confronts ‘Shameful’ Slavery History”, Stamford Advocate, October 12, 2018, https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/Artist-confronts-shameful-slavery-history-13303531.php

Rowen Gray, “Paper And Light”, Take, July 17, 2017, https://thetakemagazine.com/shelby-head-artist/

Susan Dunne, 'Thank You CT' Exhibit Curated By Its Artists, Hartford Courant, August 13, 2015, http://www.courant.com/entertainment/arts-theater/hc-thank-you-ct-0814-20150814-story.html

Truelian Lee, The News, November 14, 2014 thenews.choate.edu/article/art-review-shelby-head

Artists Set Up Shop to Benefit Yerwood Center
Stamford, CT - Published on September 14 2014 09:20:11 PM

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

RESIDENCY PROGRAMS

2020 Sculpture Space, Utica, NY

2019      San Luis Valley Social Practice Arts Residency, Alamosa, CO

2019      Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2018      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