I am emailing to congratulate you as a $3,000 Artist Fellowship recipient for the 2019 fiscal year grant cycle.
I am emailing to congratulate you as a $3,000 Artist Fellowship recipient for the 2019 fiscal year grant cycle.
Dear Shelby Head,
Congratulations! You have been accepted into Adams State University’s Social Practice Residency program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Grant.The faculty and students in Art, Theatre and Music are excited to meet you and looking forward to working with you.
Our Social Practice Arts Residency program supports artists as they create projects that involve our specific community. We invite you to get to know the residents of the San Luis Valley and invite locals to take part in the creation of your project. The goal of our program is to support the creativity of our diverse population and provide a new platform for citizens to make connections with one another and address the complex social issues of our region.
Your project was chosen for support because of the proposed focus on collecting stories from beneficiaries of the 1844 land grant from Mexico and Spain. We anticipate that you will record the personal stories involving the 50-year range war with the landowners of the Taylor/Cielo Vista Ranch. These stories will then be shared in an exhibition at the Cloyde Snook Gallery where you also plan to design and construct a shrine with the Costilla County land grant heirs.
We would like you to join us from September - December 2019. We will be in touch to make arrangements for your arrival in the next few weeks. Feel free to email Program Assistant, Isabel Rodriguez, for general questions. You may also contact Project Director, Leslie Macklin, if you have specific questions at email@example.com.
We can’t wait to meet you and experience the wonderful work you’ll make while here. Warm regards,
Assistant Professor of Art - Adams State University AIR Program Manger
719-587-7822 – Office
It’s my pleasure to inform you that you have been selected for a Vermont Studio Center residency. Our jurors have reviewed your work favorably out of a very competitive pool of applications, and we are delighted to offer you a space in our program.We have scheduled you for a 4-week residency during the residency session which begins 11/24/2019 and ends on 12/20/2019. Congratulations!
Based on the strength of your work, you have been awarded the following VSC Merit Grant and Community Service Exchange Award package.
Congratulations Shelby! On behalf of Sculpture Space’s Review Panel and Board of Directors, we are delighted to inform you that you have been selected as an Artist in Residence for 2020. Our guest panelists for the Review this year were Emily Puthoff, Associate Professor of Art SUNY New Paltz Sculpture Program, Audrey Taylor, Community Arts Education Coordinator MWPAI/Pratt School of Art and Jonathan Kirk, Sculptor and former Studio Manager of Sculpture Space.
Opening, Saturday, October 13, 6-9, Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, 96 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06901
An Infrastructure of Silence is a collection of works that confronts institutional racism in U.S. America and the interconnections of slavery, race, poverty, wealth, and segregation in the United States. As a citizen of this democracy and an artist with shameful ancestral roots in the institutions of slavery, I have a shared responsibility to help confront the divisive and persistent effects of institutionalized racism on all Americans.
The wallpaper and frames used as media throughout the collection reference my family’s racist history and the historic nightmare alliance between policy, the law, the pulpit, and the press who joined forces in colonial America to deepen perceived differences between ‘the races’. Racism has a lamentable staying power and continues to be used as a potent political and psychological tool in America today.
Throughout the exhibition, text is intertwined with the artwork. Using materials of association, each piece is a confrontation with racial disparities regarding wealth, housing, criminal justice and political power.
Frederick R. Mayer Art Center Phillips Exeter Academy
11 Tan Lane, Exeter, NH 03833
FEBRUARY 23-APRIL 21, 2018
RECEPTION: Friday, February 23, 5:30-7:30 pm | GALLERY TALK: Saturday, February 24, 10 am
Is feminism still a useful framework, a relic of history, or a roadmap for the future? How does feminism provide a way to take a critical stance in the world today, and what are its limitations? How can you ‘perform’ a feminist identity or point of view? Are you a feminist? Why, or why not?
Over 30 contemporary artists, working in media including silkscreen, watercolor, fiber arts, and video, explore feminism’s impact and potential, and create an opportunity to represent more diverse and inclusive feminisms.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Taylor Apostol, Teresa Ascencao, Rachelle Beaudoin, Jessica Caponigro, Jeanne Ciravolo, Ella Cooper, Elizabeth D'Amico, Elena Dahl, Lisa DeLoria Weinblatt, Kara Dunne, Nicole Foran, Ann Forbush, Raquel Fornasaro, Melissa General, Catherine Graffam, Katya Grokhovsky, SHELBY HEAD, Alex Hovet, Michael Hubbard, Barbara Kendrick, Eddie Lanieri, Gray Lyons, Ashley Normal, Lorna Ritz, Adele Sanborn, Deb Schmill, Rhonda Urdang, Ngoc-Tran Vu, Hanna Washburn, Sarah Bates Washburn, Tory Wright Lee, Wen Yu, and Alexandra Zevin.
November 1, 2017
Congratulations! That Artist's Resource Trust, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation is delighted to award a grant of $5000.00 to you. The committe was impressed with the quality of your work and your intended use of the grant.
Shelby Head of Madison, CT has been awarded a fellowship by the Jentel Artist Residency Program. Jentel is located in a rural setting on a working cattle ranch in the Lower Piney Creek Valley approximately 20 miles southeast of Sheridan, Wyoming. Shelby will be among the award recipients focusing on their own creative projects at this working retreat for artists and writers. A panel of arts and literary professionals review samples of artwork and manuscripts before making final recommendations for residency awards.
During the four weeklong residency, Jentel provides communal spaces designated for research, recreation, food preparation, and dining. Each artist and writer is offered a private comfortably furnished accommodation and a light airy workspace. Each resident receives a stipend to help defray living expenses during the program. Here artists and writers experience unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and meditation on the creative process in a setting that preserves the agricultural and historical integrity of the land.
The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers a spectacularly beautiful place to peacefully work and achieve personal artistic goals in a remarkable environment. The program residents enjoy interaction with peers and the extended community. For any artist in whatever media, protected time from the day-to-day necessities of living to examine and reflect upon work and the creative process is essential as a catalyst for artistic development. For more information, visit www.jentelarts.org.
Fabric of Cultures: Systems in the Making
Art Center, Queens College,
The City University of New York
October 5 – December 15
Opening Reception: October 12 at 6pm
The multimedia Fabric of Cultures Exhibition at the Queens College Art Center brings together artists, designers, CUNY students, and the local community to reflect on cultural identity and diversity through dress, fabric and various media. Objects on display from designers Brunnelli Cucinelli, Antonio Marras, Cesare Attolini, Alabama Chanin, Tabii Just (Zero Waste), HVRMINN, and artists Shelby Head, Paula Gabriel, Lady McCrady, Claudio di Napoli and CUNY students will interact with each other in a dialogue of memory, migration, aesthetics, sustainability, and the preservation of local traditions.
Opening, Saturday, May 20th, 6-9, Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, 96 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06901
Beyond Indifference is a collection of mixed media works assembled from decorative and domestic objects commonly associated with the “feminine”. Materials and medium, through personal association, evoke memory and emotion. The series is not a memorial but rather moves with the subject of misogyny and the questions of gender. The work is both a product of the changing worlds around it and an element of interaction with these worlds. The objects of the work are the objects of the worlds with which it is concerned. By incorporating materials of lived-experience – cookware, appliances, and décor – the work challenges a purist aesthetic hierarchy that privileges one set of materials over another based on gender association. This is an exhibition of history, of politics, and of lived life.
The artwork titled Power Figure uses the iconography of a Power Figure as inspiration and is the centerpiece for the series. Power Figure serves as the administrator of justice for the collection and attempts to drive away destructive forces believed to be the cause of individual ailments and broader social and political ills represented in the each of the eleven sculptures in the series. Selected for their association to women, fingernails, hair and herbs are stored in the belly of Power Figure to draw in the power of spirits. The medicinal combination is shielded by a piece of reflective surface that represents the ‘other world’ inhabited by the spirits of the dead who can peer through and see potential enemies. To evoke the spiritual force of the Power Figure, eleven knitting needles are driven into the figure and, as a result, uncover the sources of affliction contained in each sculpture. A small strip of stocking is cut from every sculpture in the series and attached to the base of one of the imbedded knitting needles in order to increase the spiritual powers. The clothes iron, winding cord and plug refer directly to the figure’s function to address issues concerning misogyny and gender. When brought to life, Power Figure has the power to heal, to protect, and even to punish.
Title: CONTEXT New York
When: Tuesday, May 3 - Sunday, May 8, 2016
Where: New York
The inaugural edition of CONTEXT New York will take place May 3 - 8, 2016 in Manhattan. The fair will join Art New York at Pier 94, located on the Hudson River at 12th Avenue at 55th Street. A VIP Private Preview will kick off art week in New York City on Tuesday, May 3 from 2-5pm, before Frieze's opening. CONTEXT New York and Art New York will be open to the general public, May 3 - 8. CONTEXT New York will provide collectors with a leading alternative fair to acquire important works of contemporary art. The Gallery will be exhibiting at the fair and featuring three artists (John J. Bedoya, Shelby Head and Jena Thomas) as well as showing a rotation of installations. Gallery collectors can contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the May 3rd VIP Preview.
Shelby Head showing @ Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery
Wednesday, January 20, 6pm – 7:30pm
Wednesday, January 20, 7:30pm – 10pm
With invitation or multi-day pass
Thursday, January 21, 12pm - 7pm
Friday, January 22, 12pm - 9pm
Saturday, January 23, 12pm - 7pm
Sunday, January 24, 12pm - 6pm
Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Opening, Saturday, October 17th, 6-9, Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, 96 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06901
In Measured Line
Shelby Head's Innovative Minimalism at Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery
STAMFORD, CT -- Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery is proud to announce new gallery artist Shelby Head's solo exhibition, In Measured Line.
In Measured Line is a series of work that has been conceived and created over the past four years. Head is influenced predominantly by the practicalities of minimalism as integrated with elements of light and architecture and balanced by her chosen medium: paper.
For the exhibition, the artist has reproduced the essence of architecture by reducing line and space to its simplest form. Using versatile, flexible, and ordinary paper as material throughout the series, intentionally necessitates the works' medium (noun) to become an action (verb): to paper over, to patch up, or to conceal.
The surface of Head's work is covered with a variety of off-white paper, creating a quiet contrast between shapes. The fragility and vulnerability of paper allows for chance to contribute to the overall surface composition; when the surface is damaged in the art-making process, an accidental mark is then covered up with a strip of paper, a pucker is cut out and resurfaced with a swatch, and a patch is added to counterbalance the cover up. These external forces of chance and circumstance allow for fresh discovery within each new composition.
"Head appropriates her minimalist work with a steadfastly interdisciplinary mindset focused on the simplest form of line, shapes, and light," says Gallery Director Fernando Luis Alvarez. LED lights are embedded behind the surface of each piece, and partially illuminate the space inside through a variety of breaks on the surface. These openings give a glimpse into a private and mostly hidden inner landscape. Light and, at times, material escape onto the two-dimensional surface, creating a dialogue between the flat plane and sculpture.
The more architectural components of the collection were, in part, inspired by the architecture in and around the Yale Art Gallery in New Haven, CT, close to the artist's home. This component does not necessarily ground the collection in a particular place, but rather it offers a contribution to historical reference in architecture and provides insight into the very material nature of construction.
In Measured Line invites the viewer to question the relationship between architecture and minimal abstraction, chance and intention in composition, interior and exterior space, two-dimensional art and sculpture, and the use of light as an element in art.
For more information, contact Rebecca Hansen, Communications Director, at email@example.com.
Fifth Annual "Thank You" Exhibition!
This year, in celebration of our fifth anniversary and recent accomplishment, we have turned the exhibition over to 5 of our Connecticut-based artists who will both jury and curate the show: Joe Boginski, Shelby Head, Nathan Lewis, Rex Prescott Walden, and new gallery artist James Gortner.
UPDATE: Artists Chosen!
Exhibiting artists are: Sharon Butler (sharonlbutler.com), Hollis Dunlap (hollisdunlap.com), Jaclyn Conley (jaclynconley.com), Camille Eskell (camilleeskell.com), Steven DiGiovanni, Jonathan Waters (jonathanwatersart.com), Molly McDonald, Scott Paterson, George Phelps, Roland Becerra, Connie Pfeiffer (conniepfeiffer.com), and Charles Macalvayne.
Join us in celebrating local talent on Saturday, August 1st!
I am delighted to announce I have recently joined the outstanding group of contemporary artists represented by the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in Stamford, CT. In 2009, Fernando Luis Alvarez opened his eponymous gallery in Stamford. Since then the Gallery has operated under the mission to build artists' careers from the doors in, and to build community from the doors out. I look forward to being a part of this vision and taking this next step with Fernando and his team.
Marked by Line — Installation and New Work by Sculptor Shelby Head through December 19
The Paul Mellon Arts Center will stage an exhibition of new work by Connecticut sculptor Shelby Head entitled Marked by Line, from November 3 through December 19. Opening Reception on Friday, November 7, at 5:30- 7:30 p.m. The Arts Center is located on the campus of Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. when school is in session, and is free of charge.
One of 12 artists giving voice to the Yerwood Center and the West Side community in Stamford, CT. Opening Reception: Thursday, October 2nd, 6-9 pm. On view through October 5th.
One of the four artists chosen to bring their studio directly to Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in Stamford, transforming it into an active workplace as I complete my proposal for Overlooked.
Opening reception: Saturday, September 13th, 6-9pm
Hilles Gallery, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT, Solo exhibition - August 2014 Opening reception: August 1st from 5-7
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