Shelby Donnelly is aninterdisciplinary visual artist and educator.
Donnelly makes screenprinted and sewn textiles, garments, and objects that are contextualized in 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 and the subconscious.
Incorporating fragments from cultural sources(film, novels, news) and materials (fabric, paper) her work is a visualresponse or a way of “materializing gestures” – making physical what ittypically a fleeting moment.
Donnelly has exhibited both internationallyand nationally at International House Philadelphia’s Ibrahim Theater, TheFabric Workshop and Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Hausder Kunst Museum. Donnelly was the 2014 recipient of theIndependence Foundation Artist Fellowship and traveled to Morocco to co-curatean exhibition at TALIM. Donnelly attended artist residencies at Millay Artist Colony in New York, the Cité deInternationale in Paris, France, Soaring Gardens, and Second State Press in Pennsylvania. Donnelly holds a B.F.A in Printmaking and Drawingfrom 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.