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Sheila Gallagher

fine arts department

photo of Sheila Gallagher

Associate Professor

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
Telephone 617-552-0482
FAX 617-552-0134

Academic Profile

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.

Press Release:

MCC's Artist Fellowships recognize the unique contribution made by artists to the cultural vitality of the Commonwealth. The fellowships provide direct assistance to Massachusetts artists to recognize excellence and creative ability, and to support further development of their talents. MCC chronicles the impact of these awards in the Fellows Notes section of its ArtSake blog. Over the years, many artists of national and international prominence have won MCC fellowships.


Director of Senior Projects
Co-Director of The Becker Collection
Co-Director of The Guestbook Project


Personal Website
Curriculum Vitae


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