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Visiting Artist: Ward Shelley

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 ten years, Shelley has concentrated on bizarre functioning architectural pieces in which he lives and works during the exhibition monitored with live surveillance video equipment.

Ward Shelley's work has shown widely nationally and internationally. He 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. In 2008, 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. 

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Earlier Event: January 17
Visiting Writer: Phillip Lopate
Later Event: January 24
Visiting Artist: Brian Bress