Discipline: Visual Art – painting

Vera Klement Shapey

Discipline: Visual Art – painting
MacDowell fellowships: 1957, 1958, 1959

Vera Klement Shapey is a painter and visual artist who was born in Danzig, now part of Poland, in 1929. She graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture in 1950 and went on to become professor emerita at the University of Chicago from 1969 until 1995. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows across the United States as well as in Germany, and her collections span from New York to Illinois to Jerusalem, Israel. Klement Shapey is recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, three Illinois Arts Council Grants, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Camargo Foundation Residency and Stipend to study in France, and a MacDowell fellowship.


Eastman (formerly Shop)

Vera Klement Shapey worked in the Eastman (formerly Shop) studio.

Thanks to the generous support of MacDowell Fellow and board member Louise Eastman, a century-old farm building has been reinvented as a modern, energy efficient live and workspace for visual artists. Originally built to provide storage when the residency program was expanding, this small barn was simply converted for studio use in the mid-1950s with the…

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