Drew Ellen Shiflett, American (1951 - )

The drawings and sculptures of Drew Shiflett are sensuous and tactile, yet capable of transcending their own physicality to embrace both pathos and comedic self-consciousness. Growing up in a theatrical family, it was natural that Drew Shiflett’s first artistic ventures would be in the performing arts. But as an adolescent she evidenced an affinity for the visual when, inspired by a Matisse exhibition at the nearby Chicago Art Institute, she feverishly embarked on a series of cut, assembled and glued collages.

Her gifts as a visual artist would not again manifest themselves until well into college where she developed her first accomplished series of figurative drawings. Figuration would be the catalyst for the development of her early work, and to the degree that figuration involves sympathy, emotion, flesh and skin, it remains extant in her work. Still, it would be in the throes of the Maryland Institute of Art’s MFA program that the inevitable frustrations of graduate school would come to bear on her, driving her to begin ripping up paper and once again assembling it into the layered and woven wall pieces which define the basis of her mature work.

To this end she developed a series of wall reliefs in which an intensive process of dense layering and compulsive repetition eventually eclipsed the readable images imbedded within them, transforming the picture plane itself into a swollen, tumorous rectangle. These early works, their pacing slow and laborious, expanded outward from the wall as if afflicted by a type of Postmodernist Elephantism. Architectural,allegorical and convulsively maximal, then and now Shiflett’s works have defied easy categorization.

EDUCATION:
1978 The Maryland Institute, College of Art - Hoffberger School of Painting - MFA
1974 Columbia College - BA
1970 Goddard College - Liberal Arts

GRANTS & AWARDS:
1993 Mid Atlantic/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship - Sculpture
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

1992 Guggenheim Fellowship Award - Sculpture
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
1990 Artists' Fellowship Award - Sculpture
New York Foundation for the Arts

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2004 Islip Art Museum, Collections Insights: Drew Shiflett, East Islip, New York
1993 The InterArt Center, New York City (catalogue)
1984-85 White Columns, New York City
1983 Fashion Moda, Paper Constructions, Bronx, New York

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2004
Art On Paper 2004 – curated by Ron Platt at The Weatherspoon Art Museum,
Greensboro, North Carolina
200 Drawings – curated by Annie Herron & Barry Blinderman (from Pierogi Flat- files, Brooklyn, NY) at University Gallery of Illinois State University,
Normal, Illinois
2003 Work In Process – three-person show at Kristen Frederickson Contemporary Art,
New York City
New Work New York – New Mexico Annie Herron’s Selections from the Pierogi Flatfiles, Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, Carlsbad, New Mexico
Worlds Apart Microcosm/Macrocosm - curated by K. G. Rogers at Axel Raben
Gallery, New York City
Artenavas 2003 - art festival curated by Blanca Mora Sanchez,
Las Navas Del Marques (Avila), Spain (catalogue)
New Projects Show - Dieu Donne Papermill & Gallery, New York City
Custom Fit - Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York
2002
Art for Now - Kristen Frederickson Contemporary Art, New York City
TriBeCa Works on Paper Show - DFN Gallery, New York City
2001
Liminal - curated by David Gibson at The Space @ Media Triangle,
New York City; 2003, traveled to Hampden Gallery at U. of MA Amherst, MA
Nature Revisited - curated by Lesley Heller at Kenise Barnes Fine Art,
Larchmont, New York
Sculpture - curated by Caroline Cox & Tim Spelios at Flipside Gallery,
Brooklyn, New York
Cross-Pollination - curated by Susan Joyce & Mery Lynn McCorkle at
Holland Tunnel Gallery, Brooklyn, New York and The Arboretum of
Los Angeles County, Arcadia, CA
2000 - 01
Invented Spaces - curated by Lesley Heller at The Work Space at Dolgenos Newman & Cronin LLP, New York City
2000
Checked - Coat Check Room, Museum of Modern Art, New York City
1999
New York Undiscovered - Markham-Murray Gallery, New York City
Making It Up - Wake Forest University Fine Arts Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
1998
Paper - Jerrfrey Coploff Fine Art Ltd., New York City
Utopia - Momenta Art Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Domain - curated by Karen Shaw at the Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York
Scale, relatively speaking - Art In General, New York City
1997

Selected drawings curated by Joe Amrhein, from the Flat File at Pierogi 2000 Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, traveled to the Corner House in Manchester, England, the Gas Works Gallery in London, England, The Brooklyn Museum of Art in Brooklyn, New York -"Current Undercurrent: Working in Brooklyn," The Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City
The Art Exchange Show - Annie Herron Productions, 60 Broad Street,
New York City
Spring Benefit - Sculpture Center, New York City
Across Lines - curated by Dan Devine, Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
Fresh - Jeffrey Coploff Fine Art Ltd., New York City
White Out - curated by Theresa Hackett at The Work Space at Dolgenos Newman & Cronin, New York City
1996
The Innocence of Ornaments - curated by Germaine Keller at St. Marks Position,
New York City
Drawing From New York - Gray Matters Gallery, Dallas, Texas
The Art Exchange Show - Annie Herron Productions, 60 Broad Street,
New York City
Water Line - curated by Barrie Black at Black & Herron Space, New York City
Spring Benefit - Sculpture Center, New York City
Black and White: Sculptors' Drawings - curated by Susan Mastrangelo at
MMC Gallery, Marymount Manhattan College, New York City (catalogue)
1995-96
Recreation - curated by Karen Shaw at the Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York (catalogue)
1995
Ooze - curated by Annie Herron at Black & Herron Space, New York City
Between This And That - NY Soho '95 Biennial - curated by Carolanna Parlato at 473 Broadway, New York City
In Three Dimensions: Women Sculptors of the '90s - Part III - curated by
Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein, co-sponsored by The Women's Caucus for Art/NYC Chapter and Snug Harbor Cultural Center, at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York (catalogue)
Spirit House - sculpture in Willie Birch's installation, El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera at the Martin Luther King Urban Life Center, Buffalo, New York
The Crest Hardware Show - Crest Hardware, Brooklyn, NY
Delving and Tinkering - curated by Tom Butter at E. S. Van Dam Gallery,
New York City
Beyond Circumstance - The Gallery at Hunter College, M.F.A. Building,
New York City (catalogue)
Critical Mass - curated by Charles Long at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary Museum, Dallas, Texas (catalogue)
1994
Critical Mass - curated by Charles Long at the Yale University School of Art,
A&A Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut (catalogue)
Small & Wet - Abstract Painting & Sculpture, Bernard Toale Gallery,
Boston, Massachusetts
Spirit House - sculpture in Willie Birch's installation, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, New York; show traveled to 5501 Columbia - presented by Contemporary Culture and Documentary Arts, Dallas, Texas
1993
Idio Cognito - curated by Caroline Cox at The Police Building (Grand Street), New York City, and William Patterson College, Ben Shahn Galleries, Wayne, New Jersey (catalogue)
Spirit House - sculpture in Willie Birch's installation, Sculpture Center,
New York City
Cartoonal Knowledge - Dooley Le Cappellaine Gallery, New York City
Arachnosphere - curated by Kathleen Cullen, consultant - Robert Mahoney, Ramnarine Gallery, Long Island City, New York
BWAC Spring Festival - Sculpture Survey '93 - co-curated by Mariella Bisson and Vasela Sretenovic at One Main Space, Brooklyn, New York
Spring Benefit - Sculpture Center, New York City
1992
Salon - Art In General, New York City
The Salon of the Mating Spiders - Herron Test-Site, Brooklyn, New York
The Neurotic Art Show II: The Return of the Repressed - Artists Space,
New York City
The Radio Show - Artists Space, New York City (in cooperation with Four Walls)
The 1.5 Show - curated by Yvonne Muranushi and Russet Lederman at
148 Duane Street Gallery, New York City
The Travel and Leisure Show - Four Walls, Brooklyn, New York
January - Sculpture Center, New York City
1991
Selections from the Slide File I - OIA, New York City
1990
Points of Origin - City Gallery, Dept. of Cultural Affairs, New York City
1988
Soho Center for Visual Artists - New York City
1986
Liberty Project - La Maison Francais, New York City
New York Academy of Sciences, New York City
New York Academy of Art, New York City
1985
Update 84-85 - White Columns, New York City
1984
Rhythm and Form - 22 Wooster Gallery, New York City
1983
Letter From New York City - Sheppard Gallery, University of Nevada at Reno, Reno, Nevada
1982-83
55 Mercer Annual Invitational - 55 Mercer Street Artists, Inc., New York City
Sacred Artifacts, Objects of Devotion - Alternative Museum, New York City
(catalogue)
1981
Five From New York - Cannon Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art,
Baltimore, Maryland
1978
The 1978 Maryland Biennial Exhibition - The Baltimore Museum of Art,
Baltimore, Maryland (catalogue), The Dr. and Mrs. James Sherman Award
1976
The 1976 Maryland Biennial Exhibition - The Baltimore Museum of Art,
Baltimore, Maryland (catalogue), The Maryland Institute College of Art Award

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
ARTICLES
Jill Conner, “CustomFit,” Contemporary, Issue no. 52, 2003
Phoebe Mitchell, "Hampden Gallery Abstracts Invite Viewers Within," Hampshire Gazette, May 1, 2003
Rachel Youens, "In Review - Sculpture at Flipside," Arts,Volume 1, Number 4, wburg.com home, Summer 2001
Holland Cotter, "Sculpture," The New York Times, May 11 & 18, 2001
Ken Johnson, "Invented Spaces," The New York Times, January 19 & 26, 2001
Tom Patterson, "New York Explorers," Winston-Salem Journal, March 21, 1999
Tom Patterson, "All That Jazz," Winston-Salem Journal, March 7, 1999
Chris Lee, "Film & Video," Waterfront Week, Volume 8.10, May 21 - June 3, 1998
Annie Herron, "Fresh Perspectives," Review , Volume 2, Number 12, March 15, 1997
Helen A. Harrison, "Artists Who Make Work Out of Play," The New York Times, January 7, 1996
Tom Moody, "Critical Mass," Art Papers, July/August issue, 1995
Charles Dee Mitchell, "Critical Mass': More Than Meets The Eye," The Dallas Morning News, February 3, 1995
Shawn Hill, "Nature's Ordeal," Bay Windows, November 17, 1994
William Zimmer, "Sculpture at Two Displays In Wayne," The New York Times, December 5, 1993
Eileen Watkins, Review, The Star Ledger, December 5, 1993
Holland Cotter, "Willie Birch," The New York Times, September 24, 1993
Grace Glueck, "Update 1984-85," The New York Times, June 21, 1985

ESSAYS

“Collection Insights: Drew Shiflett On Linear Thinking,” essay by Janet Goleas for The Permanent Collection, Collection Insights: Drew Shiflett show at the Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, 2004
“Work in Process,” essay by Kristen Frederickson PhD, for brochure for Work in Process show at Kristen Frederickson Contemporary Art, NYC, 2003
"Making It Up," essay by curators David Finn and Victor Faccinto for brochure for Making It Up show at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, 1999
"Correct Me If I'm Wrong," essay by Barry Schwabsky for brochure for White Out show at Workspace, NYC, 1997

CATALOGUES

ArteNavas 2003, Feria De Artes Visuales, July 24 – August 6, 2003, Colegio Publico Vicente Aleixandre, Las Navas Del Marques (Avila)
Momenta Art Exhibitions 1995 Through 1999, introduction by Eric Heist/Laura Parnes, essay by Bill Arning, published by Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York
Domain, essay by Karen Shaw, published in 1998 by the Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York
MMC Gallery Exhibitions 1995-1996, essay by Karen L. Harris, published in 1996 by
Marymount Manhattan College, New York City
In Three Dimensions: Women Sculptors of the '90s, introduction by Olivia Georgia, essay by Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein, published in 1996 by Snug Harbor Cultural Center's Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art and the Women's Caucus for Art/NYC Chapter
Staten Island, New York
Creation/Recreation, essay by Karen Shaw, published in 1995 by the Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York
Beyond Circumstance, introduction by James Acevedo, essay by Margaret McInroe,
published in 1995 by Hunter College of The City University of New York, New York City
Critical Mass, essay by Charles Long, published in 1994 by Dallas Artists Research and Exhibition at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
The InterArt Center 1991-1994, introduction essay by Birgit Spears, published in 1994 by The InterArt Center, New York City
1993 Sculpture & Crafts, Regional Visual Arts Fellowships, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment For The Arts, edited by Katie McCoy Chang, published in 1994 by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland
Idio Cognito, essay by Nancy Princenthal, published in 1993 in New York City
Drew Shiflett, essay by Kathleen Cullen, published in 1993 in New York City
White Columns Update 1989-1990, introduction by Bill Arning, published in 1990 by White Columns in New York City
White Columns Update 84-85, introduction by Thomas B. Solomon, published in 1985 by White Columns in New York City
Sacred Artifacts, Objects of Devotion, essay by Kenneth S. Friedman, published in 1982 by the Alternative Museum in New York City
The 1978 Maryland Biennial Exhibition, introduction by Tom L. Freudenheim, published in 1978 by The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
The 1976 Maryland Biennial Exhibition, introduction by Tom L. Freudenheim, published in 1976 by The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

BOOKS

The Private Arts, edited by D. R. Heiniger and Ken Saunders, published by Private Arts Press, 1994, Chicago, Illinois
Privates, edited by D. R. Heiniger and Ken Saunders, published by Private Lives Press, 1984, Chicago, Illinois

COLLECTIONS:

2004 Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York
2001 Werner H. Kramarsky, New York City
2001 Alexander C. Cortesi, New York City
1995 Peco Energy, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
1983 Best Products Co., Inc., Richmond, Virginia

TEACHING:

1997
Guest Lecturer of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
1995
Guest Lecturer of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1994
Guest Lecturer of Art, School of Visual Arts, New York City
1987
Lecturer of Art, University of Texas at Austin


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