Born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, Shelby has spent most of his years in the Midwest.  In 2003 he received his BFA from Washington University School of Fine Art in St. Louis, where he studied printmaking and drawing as a Kenneth E. Hudson Scholar.  He accepted a full fellowship to attend Southern Illinois University Carbondale and went on to graduate with an MFA in printmaking and drawing in 2006.

Shelby actively exhibits across the nation and was recently featured in the International Drawing Annual 5 and 6 publications through the Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnatti, OH where he also had a solo show in February, 2013.  He was invited to participate in two small group exhibitions, “Defining Territory: Contemporary Drawing” at the Parkland Art Gallery in Champaign, IL in fall of 2013 and “SHADES: Contemporary Drawing” at the John A. Day Gallery at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion in the spring of 2014.  Shelby is was the recipient of the First Place Award for his work in the Texas National 2014 Exhibition at the Cole Art Center in Nacogdoches, TX from juror Jerome Witkin.

Shelby is currently an Assistant Professor in the Art Department at the University of Wyoming, and he has greatly enjoyed teaching and making artwork in Laramie over the past few years.  In addition to being in the studio for forthcoming exhibitions, he and his wife are spending a great deal of time with their first child, Shepard, born in late 2012.

Shadwell Biography – download pdf

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03/13/2013 at 5:33 pm