Photo credit - Contanse Mensh

Photo credit - Contanse Mensh

Shelley Spector is a multidisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia. In her practice she responds to available resources, often discarded, in combination with a changeable work environment. She produces distinct bodies of work that search for social interconnections. Her work is part of many public and private collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which presented her solo exhibition “Keep The Home Fires Burning” in 2015, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC. Spector has received grants from the Pollock-Kranser Foundation, Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Leeway Foundation. 


Solo Exhibitions

2017 Aaronson Gallery, University of the Arts, The Nowadays, Philadelphia, PA
2016 Room & Board, I Live Here, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Philadelphia Museum of Art, Keep The Home Fires Burning, Philadelphia, PA
2013 Le Boîte, Long Time Thing, New York, NY
2013 Bridgette Mayer Gallery, But Not As Much As Tommorow, Philadelphia, PA
2012 EKG Exhibition Space, Dreck Grove, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Gallery Joe, Big Ditty, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Fleisher Art Memorial, Challenge Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
2005 Painted Bride Art Center, I Am On Your Shoulders, Philadelphia, PA
2002 Sande Webster Gallery, Fly, Philadelphia, PA
2002 Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Mamaloshen, Philadelphia, PA
2000 Sande Webster Gallery, Woodies, Philadelphia, PA
1998 Sande Webster Gallery, Familiar Figures and Five Letter Words, Philadelphia, PA
1995 Axis Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1993 Delaware Center For Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
1993 Catherine Starr Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Showcase Gallery, Prints I Have Known and Loved, Al Quoz, Dubai
2018 A Guide To The Field, Encampment, Mountaindale, NY
2014 Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Within The Foreground, Philadelphia, PA
2014 Icebox Project Space, Begin Where You Are, Philadelphia, PA
2014 Delaware Art Museum, FIberNext, Wilmington, DE
2014 Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Print/Line, Philadelphia, PA
2014 Juniata College Museum of Art, Philagrafika, 10 Years…, Huntingdon, PA
2011 The Print Center, To Scale, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Portrait of the Artist, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Philadelphia Ethical Society, The Tract House, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Little Berlin, This Is The Last Place That Can Save My Heart, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Subliminal Projects, Big Kids, Little Kids, Los Angeles, CA
2008 The Print Center, SHOP: Art, Commerce and the Printed Image, Philadelphia PA
2008 Cinders Gallery, Big Kids, Little Kids, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Kissing The Mezuzah, Philadelphia, PA
2007 Philadelphia Museum of Art, Contemporary Art on Paper, Philadelphia, PA
2007 Bucheon Gallery, Faithfully, San Francisco, CA
2006 55 Mercer Gallery, Philadelphia Print Portfolio, New York, NY
2004 Antisocial, Everybody Rules Everything, Vancouver, BC
2004 Space 237, Philly and Friends, Toledo, OH
2003 Gallery Schlesinger, First Person, New York, NY
2002 Institute Of Contemporary Art, Scratch Off the Serial, Philadelphia, PA
2000 Lancaster Museum of Art, In Our Own Backyard, Lancaster, PA
1999 Finer Gallery, From Head to Toe, Nashville, TN
1997 Paley Design Center, New Dimensions, Philadelphia, PA
1996 Sande Webster Gallery, Just Jazz, Philadelphia, PA
1994 Intermedia Arts, High Flying, Minneapolis, MN
1993 Institute Of Contemporary Art, High Flying, Philadelphia, PA
1993 City Hall, Art In City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
1992 Civilization Gallery, Group Show, New York, NY


2009 Philadelphia International Airport, Waiting Is Part Of It, Philadelphia, PA
1996 Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Men with Power, Philadelphia, PA


2018 RAIR Recycled Artist In Residency, Philadelphia, PA
2018 Mildred's Lane, Beach Lake, PA
2017 Mildred's Lane, Beach Lake, PA
2016 Monte Azul Artist Residency, Costa Rica
2016 Room and Board Residency, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Cross Pollination Residency, Philadelphia, PA
2013 Monte Azul Artist Residency, Costa Rica
2011 Breadboard Residency, NexFab Studio, Philadelphia, PA
1994-1995 Artist in Residence – Sculpture, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA


2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2018 Leeway Window of Opportunity Grant
2017 University of the Arts President’s Fund for Excellence
2017 University of the Arts Faculty and Academic Development Fund
2014 University of the Arts Faculty and Academic Development Fund
2013 Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts
2012 Leeway Art and Change Grant
2011 Faculty Development Grant, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
2010 Faculty Development Grant, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
2004 Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts
2000 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
1999 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Selected Collections

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
West Collection, Oaks, PA
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia. PA
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
The Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Human Rights Campaign, Washington, DC
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Children’s Center, New York, NY
Ballard Spahr Andrews Ingersoll, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Philadelphia, PA
The Reinvestment Fund, Philadelphia,PA
Federal Reserve Bank, Philadelphia, PA
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Philadelphia, PA
PECO Energy, Philadelphia, PA
Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Memorial Regional Medical Center, Hanover County, VA
Corestates Bank, Wilmington, DE
W.L. Gore and Associates, Elkton, MA
HBO Incorporated, New York, NY

Selected Bibliography

Brown, Gerard, Two-Artists, Philadelphia Weekly, September 18, 1996, P. 42
Brown, Gerard, Totemic Mischief, Philadelphia Welcomat, May 23, 1995, P. 74
Buckingham, Jenna, Begin Where You Are, Title Magazine, September, 13, 2014
Crimmins, Peter, Ma Chère PooZee, The Artblog, May 22, 2015
Crimmins, Peter, Radio/online feature, Newsworks, March 6, 2015
Emmons, Amze,  Dreck Groove, Printeresting, March 26, 2012
Fallon, Roberta, Print-Ditty-Doo-DahThe Artblog, March 21, 2010
Fallon, Roberta, Little Minyons, Philadelphia Weekly, September 14, 2005 P. 37
Fallon, Roberta, People Watcher, Philadelphia Weekly, April 26, 2000, P. 55
Findlay, Lauren, Exhibition Review, The Artblog, April 12, 2015
Freeborn, John, Big Kids, Little Kids, Nested Group, Inc, 2006 P. 80-84
Geringer, Dan, Memories Take Wing.., Philadelphia Daily News, June 8, 1995, P. 8
Hagen, Susan, Support System, City Paper, October 13, 2005, P. 25
Hirsh, Jennie, Review, Art In America, May 2013, P,170
Hoffman, Rhonda, Art After Holocaust Museum, Jewish Times, September l993, P. 17
Huff Hunter, Becky, Review,, August 17, 2015
Isaacs, J. Susan, FiberNext, Surface Design Journal, Summer 2014, P. 66
Jay, Hillary, Objects Of Desire, Inquirer Magazine, November 3, 1996, P. 30
Jones, Richard, The Scene, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 23, 1995, P. B2
Keefe, Collin, Fun Is A Five Letter Word, Philadelphia Weekly, April 1, 1998, P. 55
King, Abby, Review, Title Magazine, September 8, 2015
Kirsh, Andrea, Working At NextFab, The Artblog, February 12, 2012
Lotozo, Eils, Profile, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 16, 2002, P. D1
Melamed, Samantha, Liberties/Reality Check, Philadelphia Inquirer, September 2, 2015, P. C1
McDonald, Natalie Hope, 10 Philadelphia Female Artists, PhillyVoice,  April 13, 2015
Monnier, Annette, Begin Where You Are, ARTnews, November 2014, P. 123
Nagle, Aubrey, Review, PhillyVoice, March 9, 2015
Newhall, Edith, Exhibition Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, February 10, 2013, P. 38
Newhall, Edith, Exhibition Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 4, 2012, P. 40
Newhall, Edith, Exhibition Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 21, 2010, P. 35
Newhall, Edith, Exhibition Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 07, 2008, P. W35
Nussbaum, Debra, Curative Art, Inquirer Magazine, September 13, 1992, P. 37
Schwartz, Chip, Personal and Communal World, The Art Blog , February 25, 2013
Schwartz, Chip, Dreck Groove, Knights Arts Blog, February 28, 2012
Salisbury, Greg, SS Celebrates The Fabric of Her Life,  Jewish Exponent, April 22, 2015, P. 44
Smith, Joan, Embroidery, Tech and Hurricanes, The Huffington Post, August 16, 2012
Sozanski, Edward J, Exhibition Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, September 23, 2005, P. W46
Sozanski, Edward J, Exhibition Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 21, 2000, P. W40
Tichindeleanu, Sabina, Process, Inspiration, Self-Awareness Art Grind Blog, February 28, 2013
Tichindeleanu, Sabina, Front and Center, Art Grind Blog, February 8, 2013
Urban, Jason, Philagrafika, Printeresting, March 31, 2010


University of the Arts, Bachelor of Fine Art, 1994
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 1980-1981