Alyson Shotz

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Alyson Shotz
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Alyson Shotz. 'The Shape of Space' at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2007.
EducationBFA Rhode Island School of Design 1987; MFA University of Washington, 1991
Known forSculpture
AwardsStanford University Research Fellow (2014-2015)

Alyson Shotz (born 1964) is a contemporary American artist based in Brooklyn, New York.[1][2] Born at Luke Air Force Base, Glendale, Arizona, she graduated with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987 and an MFA from the University of Washington in 1991.[1]


Alyson Shotz investigates concepts of space, light, perception and gravity with sculptures made from a range of materials such as mirror, glass beads, plastic lenses, thread and steel wire.[1][3]

Shotz was included in the exhibition Art & Space at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao,[4][5] and has been included in exhibitions such as The More Things Change, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Contemplating the Void and The Shapes of Space, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Light and Landscape, Storm King Art Center,[6] and Living Color, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, and Pattern: Follow the Rules at the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.[7]

Shotz has had solo exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, The Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas, and Espace Louis Vuitton, Tokyo, among others. Shotz was an Arts Institute Research Fellow at Stanford University in 2014 and 2015, and a Sterling Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, 2012. She received a Pollock Krasner Award in 2010, the Saint Gaudens Memorial Fellowship in 2007, and was the 2005-2006 Happy and Bob Doran Artist in Residence at Yale University Art Gallery. Her work is included in numerous public collections, such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, among others.[7]

In The New York Times, Karen Rosenberg wrote: "Ms. Shotz evokes natural phenomena with accumulations of beads, pins and other common materials. ... Often they respond to the challenge of visualizing concepts from theoretical physics (string theory, dark matter)."[8]

Art reviews[edit]

Museum collections[edit]

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Notable exhibitions[edit]


  • 2021 – Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant
  • 2014-15 – Stanford University Research Fellow, Arts Institute, Stanford University
  • 2012 – Sterling Visiting Scholar, Department of Chemical and Systems Biology, Stanford University
  • 2010 – Pollock Krasner Foundation
  • 2007 – Saint Gaudens Memorial Fellowship
  • 2005-06 – Bob and Happy Doran Artist in Residence, Yale University Art Gallery
  • 2004 – The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
  • 1999 – Pollock-Krasner Foundation
  • 1996 – Art Matters Foundation


  1. ^ a b c ""If I Make a Sculpture That Surprises Me, I'm Very Happy": Alyson Shotz' Unpredictable Practice". Artinfo.
  2. ^ "24 Questions for Sculptor Alyson Shotz | Artinfo". Artinfo. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  3. ^ "Alyson Shotz - Art in America". Art in America. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  4. ^ Muñoz-Alonso, Lorena (17 January 2018). "Art and Space". Frieze (193). Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  5. ^ "Guggenheim Bilbao Honors the Relationship of Art and Space". Widewalls. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  6. ^ "Light & Landscape". Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  7. ^ a b "Alyson Shotz Biography". Alyson Shotz. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  8. ^ Rosenberg, Karen (2009-03-13). "Art in Review". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-10.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ciraqui, Manuel and Sara Nadal-Melsió, (2017). Art and Space. Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain. ISBN 978-84-17048-81-6 Parameter error in {{ISBN}}: Invalid ISBN..
  • Adler, Tracy L.; Veronica Roberts; Nat Trotman, (2015). Alyson Shotz: Force of Nature. The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College.
  • Al-Hadid, Diana; Lisa Freiman; Alison Gass; Jennifer Gross; Josiah McElheny; Jed Morse; David Norr; Carrie Mae Weems, (2014). Alyson Shotz. Derek Eller Gallery. ISBN 978-0-9779002-4-4.

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