Shelby Donnelly is an interdisciplinary visual artist and educator.
Donnelly makes screen printed and sewn textiles, garments, and objects that are contextualized within videos and installations.
Her work stages dramas that come from observing humanity's relationship with ritual, ceremony, and spirituality and how that plays out in everyday existence. Incorporating fragments from cultural sources (film, novels, news)and materials (fabric, paper) her work is a visual response or way of "materializing gestures"-making physical what is typically a fleeting moment in time.
Donnelly has exhibited both internationally and nationally at International House Philadelphia's Ibrahim Theater, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Haus der Kunst Museum.
Donnelly was the 2014 recipient of the Independence Foundation Artist Fellowship and traveled to Morocco to co-curate an exhibition at TALIM. Donnelly attended artist residencies at Millay Artist Colony Austerlitz, NY, the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, FR, Soaring Gardens, Laceyville, PA, and Second State Press Philadelphia, PA. Donnelly holds a B.F.A in Printmaking and Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis (2002) and a M.F.A in Material Studies from Tyler School of Art, Temple University (2008).
Shelby Donnelly lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.