I want to sincerely thank Doug Sink, Program Manager at the Lory Student Center Art Galleries / Curfman Gallery at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and fellow artist Davana Robedee for an outstanding show, “The Divergence of Light: Davana Robedee and Shelby Shadwell” in the fall of 2016. The exhibition was one of the best I have been a part of, and I appreciate Doug and his student crew for their hard work and hospitality. I also want to thank Marius Lehene, Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at CSU for letting me share some insights with his advanced drawing students during my visit there. I was pleased to conduct a public drawing demonstration for all students in something of a collaboration between Davana and me, describing one of her mysteriously wonderful pieces from observation. I donated the resolved work to the University, so you may be able to see it hanging there one of these days.
I want to sincerely thank the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas for exhibiting my work in a solo show at their Fine Arts Gallery (which is really a beautiful space). Thanks especially to Jeff Fulmer, the gallery director for installing the work magnificently and being so on top of things. I was very fortunate to be able to visit CSN to give a talk about my work and visit a class led by the very gracious Sean Russell and Christopher Tsouras. It’s always great to see strong faculty in a strong department, and the students are very fortunate to have them. This was also a great excuse to finally meet the wonderful individuals and art collectors, Milo Miloscia and John Nelson. The were so hospitable to allow me to view their home collection and take me out for a memorable evening in Las Vegas. I also enjoyed chatting with student Sierra Akana of the Coyote Student News, and her article on my exhibition can be found here.
I want to thank Scott Roper and the Haas Gallery of Art at Bloomsburg University in PA for hosting AUNIVERSAL PICTURE. The exhibition looked fantastic, and I really appreciated the opportunity to visit and talk about my work. I also want to thank Jason Godeke for letting me visit his Drawing classes and demonstrate the processes and techniques relevant to charcoal modelling.
I want to thank Patrick Mauk, Eva Buttacavoli and all of the people that made GESTURE CONTROL possible at the Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) in Ohio this season. It was an outstanding group exhibition and I greatly appreciated reconnecting with Wesley Berg and meeting new people, including the other exhibitors Tyler Bohm and William Potter. I used this as an opportunity to explore some large scale optical drawing in preparation for 8 to Create, coming up in Urbana, IL this spring.
I am very grateful to the Portland Art Museum, Bonnie Laing-Malcomson, Curator, the Northwest Arts Council and the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Endowments for supporting a Center for Northwest Art in Oregon. It is truly an honor to have a solo exhibition in the APEX Gallery up now until March 13, 2016. This is the greatest achievement of my artistic career so far, and I cannot emphasize my thanks enough for this opportunity. Please check out the show if you are in the area and let me know what you think. Photo Credits: Dan Kvitka.
I am very grateful to Professors Al Denyer, Justin Diggle and Ed Bateman as well as the students, faculty and staff of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah and the Christensen Visiting Artist Endowment for inviting me to visit in conjunction with my jurying the PaperWest Exhibition this year. I was fortunate to be able to do a live drawing demonstration and have critiques with graduate students there, and it was a sincere pleasure. Photo Credits: Amelia Walchli.
These are just two of the new drawings in progress I have been working on for multiple upcoming exhibitions. They represent a new body of work entitled COMEDIE, in which I am beginning to (re)explore issues of context and absurdity.
This is the final piece in the AUNIVERSAL PICTURE series of drawings. I am looking forward to transitioning to a new, but related, body of work moving forward.
This year’s annual self portrait corresponds to a term assignment I give my advanced life drawing students in the spring – life size figure to scale in a setting. I thought if I am going to give this assignment, I should do it myself. This was a very difficult drawing to do from observation but well worth the effort. Charcoal and pastel on paper / 50″ x 50″.
As a member of the Wyoming Arts Council Artist Roster Program, I was contacted by the City of Pinedale / Pinedale Arts Council to work with middle and high school students for a week in February, 2015. I greatly enjoyed the experience and hope to do more in service to the state moving forward. I want to thank Tim Ruland, Diane Mclean, Kandase Quinn (my former student and advisee at UW), and Jo Crandall (for her generous hospitality).