Shapiro has had solo exhibitions at Smith College, MA, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NYC and Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at galleries including Painting Center, Muhlenberg College, Weatherspoon Museum, Drawing Center, NYC and the Brooklyn Museum. She has received a Pollock Krasner grant, and residency fellowships at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Redline Milwaukee, VCCA and Yaddo. Her work is included in numerous collections.
Shapiro received a BA in art from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in painting/printmaking from Yale School of Art, she also attended Yale Summer School of Art, Norfolk, CT. She taught and received tenure from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After leaving SMU she taught at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. She has given been invited to Colleges and Universities throughout the country as Visiting Artist where she has presented talks on her own work, given critiques of student work and taught workshop courses.
I work between painting, collage, drawing and printmaking. I am interested in the rapport between, and the reexamination of these mediums. Each offers a different resistance, palette and space. My work is inspired by my surroundings, the variety of experiences and perceptual relationships, the new within the familiar, the irregular within the regular, the unexpected within the assumed. Along with natural phenomena, my gathering of information and experience is broad and varied with parts and pieces entering the work in different ways. Within the making of an individual piece, there is a separation, selection and assertion from the experiential through process and materiality to resulting form. Collisions of history, critique and response trigger ideas and drive my practice.
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