Associate Professor, Studio Art
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.
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.
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.