SHELBY SHADWELL

Creative Research

University of Utah / PaperWest Exhibition: 11/29/15

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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.

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November 30th, 2015 at 1:02 am

Fall Studio Progress – 9/17/15

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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.

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September 17th, 2015 at 4:44 pm

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AUNIVERSAL PICTURE 18, 6/21/15

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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.

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June 21st, 2015 at 10:45 pm

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Self Portrait 2015

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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″.

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April 18th, 2015 at 5:15 pm

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Pinedale Residency – February, 2015

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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).

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April 18th, 2015 at 4:12 pm

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Columbia College Visit – 11/8/2014

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My thanks to Mike Sleadd, Scott McMahon, the faculty, staff and students of Columbia College in my home state of Missouri for an outstanding visit.  I greatly appreciated the opportunity to interact with the community in conjunction with my solo exhibition there, especially the chance to conduct a public drawing demonstration over two days.  Upon resolving the piece, I am donating it to the Sydney Larson Gallery and their collection.  It will be a great honor for them to have one of my pieces as the facilitators of one of the country’s great annual juried exhibitions (and institutions), Paper in Particular.  I am very grateful for being able to meet so many new people, and I wish them all the best moving forward.

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November 8th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Recent Exhibitions: 8/27/2014

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Over the past year, I have been very fortunate to have participated in some really outstanding exhibitions.  My sincere thanks to Phillip Michael Hook, Associate Professor at the University of South Dakota who curated SHADES: Contemporary Drawing last spring, which was probably one of the best shows I have ever been in, having as its theme participants who create drawings as an end product in addition to using it responsively in their process.  I was fortunate to visit USD for the reception to meet some of the other artists in the exhibition and meet with students and faculty.  I encourage everyone to check out Mike Sleadd, Chris Gantz and Alison Denyer.  It was nothing short of an honor to have my work next to theirs in the show, and I continue to feel a sense of kinship with each of them.

Additionally, I was pleased to exhibit my work in a solo show at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, WY.  I have shown there before, and I have always been extremely impressed with their facilities and strength of the staff.  It’s the kind of place you want to work in.

Finally, I want to sincerely thank internationally recognized artist and figurative painter, Jerome Witkin, juror for the Texas National 2014 Exhibition at the Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX for selecting my work for the first place monetary award from among many other strong artists in the show and acquiring the piece above for his personal collection.  This is one of the greatest honors of my career so far, and it means a great deal to have such a strong vote of confidence in the work I’m making.

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August 22nd, 2014 at 4:35 pm

AUNIVERSAL PICTURE 15 – Shepard

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This piece is for my son, Shepard, finished on Father’s Day.  AUNIVERSAL PICTURE 15, charcoal and conte on prepared polyester, 85″ x 85″, 2014.

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June 19th, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Time Lapse Video in Collaboration with Brian Guice Media

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Brian Guice

Brian Guice

This will be the first in what I hope is a flurry of posts recapping a very productive start to 2014 for my work.  I had been interested in doing some kind of promotional video to give viewers an idea of how my drawings come together from start to finish.  I was lucky enough to find Brian Guice Media here in Laramie, Wyoming who had done some phenomenal time lapse videos of some of the artists doing mural work downtown.  Brian was outstanding to work with throughout the process, and I am very pleased with the results of our work together.  I also want to acknowledge Wesley Berg, who was a visiting artist I invited to UW in early 2014 and who I met a few years ago from a drawing show we did in Santa Fe.  Wesley provided the song for the video from his musical project, Glacier Face, and it’s pretty great.

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May 1st, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Studio Work, 2014

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These are a few pieces I have been working on this winter including an annual self portrait, a text piece and a trash bag drawing I started as a public drawing demonstration in conjunction with “Definining Territories: Contemporary Drawing” exhibition at the Parkland Art Gallery in Champaign, IL in the fall.  Now that it is finished, I will send the drawing back to the gallery to be auctioned to benefit the students of Parkland College.

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February 23rd, 2014 at 11:47 am