fine arts department
M.F.A., Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 1996
The Cooper Union, Continuing Education, 1990-1992
B.A., Connecticut College, 1989
cum laude with honors in history and studio art
Devlin Hall 401B
Sheila Gallagher is an interdisciplinary artist and curator whose work explores perception, belief, and different modes of representation. A hybrid practitioner known for her inventive exploration of materials, she works in many media including video, smoke, drawing, animation, live flowers, and light projections. She has had numerous solo exhibitions, and has exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and universities in the U.S. and internationally, including the Moving Image Festival, London; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AR; and the Dodge Gallery in New York City. She is the coauthor of First Hand and co-curator of the Becker Collection, a private archive of Civil War drawings that is currently touring the United States (2012-2016). Together with Richard Kearney she co-directs the Guestbook Project , an international peace-building initiative which brings together youths in divided communities to exchange stories. Gallagher is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Boston College where she teaches contemporary art practice. She lives and works in Jamaica Plain, MA.
Honors and Awards
2015 Culture Ireland
2014 State of the Art Survey of American Art, Crystal Bridges Museum
2014 Creative Capital, Semi-finalist
2012 School of the Museum of Fine Arts Traveling Fellowship
2012 United States Artist Grant Nominee
2011 Maud Morgan Prize Finalist, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2010 Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist Grant
Sheila Gallagher was awarded a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Program Grant, based on eye tracking drawings that she produced using the Eye Tracking Lab in the Computer Science department at BC.
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