About the Artist

Shelley Gilchrist is a transplanted Californian who has been creating art in the Chicago area since 1995. For several years she worked in oil and gouache, and linked her figurative pieces thematically to the feminist narrative. In 2006, her work turned toward abstraction when she began to shape her painting surfaces and use curvilinear motifs and saturated colors in her designs. She has received awards for her paintings in encaustic and sculpture exhibits in the Midwest and East Coast; recently her work was featured in the national show Organic to Geometric at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. Her sculptural drawings, created by turning paper on its edge, earned top awards at the Rockford Midwest Biennial and the South Shore Arts Salon Show in 2014.

Shelley has juried shows at Woman Made Gallery and ARC Gallery in Chicago. She is the founder of FUSEDChicago, a professional group of Midwest artists who use encaustic, and a member of Chicago Sculpture International and 3-D 12 Chicago Sculptors. She had an artist residency at Ragdale in 2011 and was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2014. She is a contributing writer for ProWax Journal. Recent publications that include her work are Studio Visit Volumes 27 and 31, and Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century, E. Ashley Rooney, ed. (January 2016).