Photo credit: Melissa Lukenbaugh, Tulsa Artist Fellowship

Shelby Head is a contemporary artist who is known for her ability to connect her accomplished form with social content. She constantly experiments and challenges herself to create her work with new materials extending her visual vocabulary as well as content. Head lives and works in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a Tulsa Artist Fellow. In 2020, she was awarded a 2020-21 Tulsa Artist Fellowship and has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Jentel Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center, and the CT Office of the Arts. She has traveled extensively to many artist residencies and embraces new information and new ways of thinking. Always experimenting in her studio, Head works with materials and methods that support her ideas. 

Head has worked in public art as well as exhibited widely through solo and group exhibitions that include art fairs CONTEXT, New York and Art Palm Beach. She had solo exhibitions at the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in 2018, 2017, 2015 and the Cloyde Snook Gallery in 2013 and 2020. In 2014, she had solo exhibitions at Paul Mellon Arts Center, Hilles Gallery, and A-Space Gallery. Head has an upcoming solo exhibition at El Pueblo History Museum (Colorado, 2020). Group shows include Queens College Art Center, Lamont Gallery, Sacred Heart University, and Yale Divinity School. Selected press includes, Feminism on Display, The Fabric of Cultures: Systems in the Making, Take Magazine, Paper and Light and Stamford Advocate, Artist confronts ‘shameful’ slavery history.

Head has extensive technical experience working as a professional mold maker and wax technician for Shidoni Art Foundry (Tesuque, NM) and she worked as a technician for sculptor Tom Otterness. Head was project manager and model maker for stop-motion animated television commercials and music videos in New York City.  

Shelby Head is represented by the Alvarez Gallery

Curriculum Vitae


Adams State University - M.A. Sculpture

Adams State University - B.A. Visual Arts


2016 CONTEXT, New York, NY

2016 Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL


2020 El Pueblo History Museum, Pueblo, CO

2020 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


2020 Alvarez Gallery, Orange, a digital show:


2019 Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT

2018 Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Stamford, CT

2018 Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH

2017 Queens College, New York, NY

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,

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


2020 2020-21 Tulsa Arts Fellowship

2019 CT Artist Fellowship Grant

2019 National Endowment for the Arts SLV Social Practice Residency

2019 VSC Merit Grant, Vermont Studio Center

2019 VSC Community service Exchange Award, Vermont Studio Center

2018 Fellowship award, Jentel Artist Residency Program

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


2012 Silvermine Guild Artist Member

2012 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



2020 KRZA National Public Radio-affiliated station in Alamosa, Colorado Interview:

2019 Lucy Gellman, Nasty Women Prove Sublime, Arts Paper, March, 11 2019,

2019 Brian Slattery, Nasty Women Get Divine, New Haven Independent, March, 5 2019,

2018 Laguarda, Ignacio, Artist confronts ‘shameful’ slavery history, Stamford Advocate,

October 12, 2018

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

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

August 13, 2015,

2014 Truelian Lee, The News, November 14, 2014


2014 Artists Set Up Shop to Benefit Yerwood Center Stamford, CT - Published on

September 14 2014 09:20:11 PM

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


2020-21 Tulsa Artist Fellow, Tulsa, OK

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

2006 Red Cinder Creativity Center, Na´alehu, HI

2005 Artcroft, Carlisle, KY

2004 KHN Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE