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  Ward Shelley
427 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222
tel. 917. 693.2917
Born Auburn, New York
BFA Eckerd College, Art and Communications
MA New York University
  The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painting and Sculpture, 2007-08    
  American Academy in Rome Fellowship, 2005-06    
  Installation/New Media "Bessie" Award, New York Dance and Performance Awards Committee and Dance Theater Workshop    
  New York Foundation for the Arts, New Media Fellowship    
  Rema Hort Mann Foundation    
  Farpath Foundation    
  Jerome Foundation, Sculpture    
  Emerging Artist Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park    
  New York Foundation for the Arts, Sculpture Fellowship    
  Pollock Krasner Grant    
  Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the
Arts Fellowship Award for Sculpture
  Goodman Award for Art and Technology    
  Florida State Visual Arts Fellowship    
Recent Residencies:
  Guest Artist Program, North Rhein Westphalia, City of Dusseldorf, Kunstlerverein Malkasten    
  Art/Omi International Artist's Residency    
  Longwood Cyber Residency, Bronx Council on the Arts    
  Art in General East European Residency Program    
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2008 Man Draws Time, Parkhaus Im Malkasten, Dusseldorf    
2006 Re-Materializing Art, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY    
  Timelines, Pierogi Gallery, Leipzig, Germany    
2004 We Have Mice, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY    
  Archive, Bonner Kunstverein, Germany with Douglas Paulson  
2003 Operation:Mice, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland    
2002 Colony, (Mir2 group) Islip Art Museum, New York with Mir2 Group  
2001 The Cube, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC    
  Mir2, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC with Mir2 Group  
2000 Tunnel, La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille, France    
1999 This Salient Moment, Kunstverein Recklinghausen, Germany    
  Neuer Kusntverein, Aschaffenburg, Germany    
  Berlin Platform, Ateliers Mengerzeile, Berlin    
  Naked, With Special Love, Ateliers Hoherweg, Dusseldorf    
1998 Voyage Platform, Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC    
  Flipside Gallery, Brooklyn, NY    
1997 Waschhaus KunstHalle, Potsdam, Germany    
1996 Werth Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany    
1995 Bruise on My Forehead, Museum Am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany    
1993 Range, Diversworks, Houston, Texas.    
1992 PS 122 Gallery, NYC.    
1991 Metro Dade Cultural Resource Center, Miami, Florida.    
  Reef, Center for Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida    
1990 Olaf Clasen Gallery/Art 54, New York City, New York.    
1989 Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, Florida.    
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2008  Slightly Unbalanced, Chicago Cultural Center    
  Burning Down the House, Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum    
  Elusive Truths, Firehouse Gallery, Burlington, Vermont    
  Nieuwe Collectie, Stedelijk Museum Wuyts-Van Campen & Baron Caroly, Lier, Belgium    
  Pierogi et al, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles    
2007 Cosmologies, James Cohen Gallery, NY    
  The Happiness of Objects, Sculpture Center, NY ----(Flatland Project) with Douglas Paulson, Alex Schweder, Maria Petschnig, Eva La Cour, Pelle Brage  
  The Accidentally Real, Sara Tecchia Gallery, NYC    
  New York - State of Mind, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, and Queens Museum, NYC    
2006 Mapping, Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, NYC    
  Twice Drawn, Tang Museum, Saratoga, NY    
  Text Formed Drawing, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT    
  Archive Installation, Dumbo Art Center, NYC with Douglas Paulson  
2005 There is Always an Alternative, Temporary Contemporary, London    
2004 Para Sites...when space comes into play, MUMOK (Museum of Modern Kunst) Vienna, Austria with Douglas Paulson  
  Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art    
  Home Extension, University Art Museum, SUNY, Albany NY    
  Self-Sufficient (Truck Drawing 2), Cambridge Arts Council, Massachusettes with BBS  
  Re-Do China, Ethan Cohen Gallery, NYC    
  Tentworm, Lokaal 01, Breda, Netherlands    
2003 Haifa International Installation Triennial, Haifa Museum, Israel    
  Re-Construction Biennial, Exit Art, NYC with BBS  
  Street Selections, The Drawing Center, NYC with BBS  
2002 Enactments of the Self, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria    
  To Actuality, ARGE Museum, Bolzano, Italy    
  Long March, ddm warehouse, Shanghai, China with Zhao Gang  
  Crafting Space, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam    
  Made In Brooklyn, Brooklyn Rail/Wythe Studio, NY    
  Touchy Feely, Eyewash, Brooklyn, NY with Anne Thulin  
  Globe>Miami>Island, Bass Museum, Miami Beach, Florida and Museum od Contemporary Art, Wash., D.C.    
2001 Outsourcing, Flipside Galley, Brooklyn, NY    
  If We Were Kings, Kunst- und Medienzuntrum Aldershof, Berlin    
  Drawing Show, London, UK    
2000 Construction In Process, Bydgosczc, Poland    
  Picture This, Flipside Gallery, Brooklyn, NY    
1999 Valentines, Eyewash, Brooklyn, NY    
1998 Offbeat, Eyewash, Brooklyn, NY    
  Gothic Distress, Trans Hudson Gallery, NYC    
1997 Canny, Art Projects International, SoHo, NYC    
1996 Machine, Andreas Schluter Gallery, Hamburg, Germany    
1995 Fun House, E.S.Vandam Gallery, Soho, NYC.    
  Sauce IV, Brooklyn, NY    
1994 Live Art, Art Projects International, Soho, NYC.    
  Page 4, 450 Broadway Gallery, NYC. Also curated “Page 9”.    
  Group Show, TZArt and Co., Soho, NYC    
  Dyad, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY    
1993 Images Du Futur International Exhibition, Montreal.    
  Fiction And Experience, Gallery Korea, NYC.    
1992 1992 Selections, Southern Sculpture, Woodruff Art Center, Atlanta.    
  Putt Modernism, Artist's Space, NYC and SECCA, NC.    
1990 1990 Florida's Finest, touring show: Center for Contemporary Art in North Miami, Capitol Gallery in Tallahassee.    

Educational Institutions - Guest Artist / Lecturer

Stanford University
Harvard University
Dresden Art Academy
Southern California Institute of Architecture
Penn State University
Rhode Island School of Design, Rome program
University of Dortmund
Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
Pratt Institute
Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Educational Institutions - Classes or Workshop
Parsons School of Fine Arts, NYC
School of the Visual Arts, NYC
University of California, Davis
Westlandis Kunst Akademie in Bergen, Norway


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Ward Shelley works as an artist in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in large projects that freely mix sculpture and performance. Utilizing eclectic influences and a variety of media, Shelley’s installations defy classification. Over the last five years, Shelley has concentrated on bizarre functioning architectural pieces in which he lives and works during the exhibition monitored with live surveillance video equipment.

Shelley also works on a series of diagramatic paintings, timelines of art-related subjects such as the careers of artists working in de-materialized media and the history of art scenes. The best known of these is the Williamsburg Timeline Drawing and Downtown Body, recently published in Bomb Magazine.

He first exhibited as an artist in Miami. He earned his Masters degree from NYU and has been working and showing in New York since then. He moved his studio to Williamsburg in 1994 and also began exhibiting in Europe at that time.

Shelley has exhibited in more than 10 countries. Among works from the last 10 years are the interactive video-environment “the Cube”, the legendary Mir 2 Project, and the Voyage Platform. In 2004 Shelley lived and worked inside the walls of Pierogi Gallery for 5 weeks for an exhibition called “We have mice”. Shelley also works with the collaborative artist group BBS and talented young artists such as Douglas Paulson and Alex Schweder with whom he realized the monumental Flatland project at New York's SculptureCenter in 2007.

Ward Shelley's work is in a number of museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Art Museum, and The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Last year Shelley received a painting and Sculpture award from the Joan Mitchell foundation, and has been a fellow of the American Academy in Rome since 2006. He has received NYFA and NEA fellowships in sculpture and new media categories, a Bessie Award for installation art, as well as private foundation grants from the Jerome Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. He is represented by Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.

Before and during his art career he has also worked in advertising, construction, teaching, special events, theater, rock bands, and built a 37-foot sailing sloop.