Shelby Donnelly  is  an interdisciplinary visual artist and educator.

Donnelly makes collages spanning practices in drawing, screenprinting, video, installation, and movement. Her work stages dramas that come from  observing humanity’s relationship with ritual, ceremony, and spirituality and how that plays out in everyday existence and the subconscious.

Incorporating fragments from cultural sources (film, novels, news) and materials (fabric, paper) the collages are a visual response or a way of “materializing gestures” –  making physical what it typically an action. 


Donnelly has exhibited both internationally and nationally at International House Philadelphia’s Ibrahim Theater, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 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 in New  York,  the  Cité de Internationale in Paris, France, Soaring Gardens,  and  Second  State Press  in Pennsylvania.  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.

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