Discipline: Visual Art – painting

Shelley Reed

Discipline: Visual Art – painting
Region: Cambridge, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Scouring art history, artist Shelley Reed searches for old paintings that feel meaningful to today. She repaints fragments, collaging details together to create new images, ones that affirm art history's relevance to contemporary culture. Through this process, Reed explores the question of what/whether we learn from the past, and if social evolution is even possible.

Reed has shown extensively across the U.S. and her work is in many public and private collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the MFA Boston, the Columbia Museum of Art, and Fidelity Investments. She is represented by Sears-Peyton Gallery in NY and Carol Corey Fine Art in Kent, CT.

At MacDowell, Reed created sketches for a new series of large paintings addressing humanity's stewardship of nature's abundance.



Shelley Reed worked in the Cheney studio.

Cheney Studio was given to MacDowell by Mrs. Benjamin P. Cheney and Mrs. Karl Kauffman. Like Barnard Studio, Cheney is a low, broadly massed bungalow. Sited on a steep westward slope, its porches are supported on wooden posts and fieldstone with lattices. Although it still retains its appealing character, the original design of the shingled building…

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