Shellyne Rodriguez

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Shellyne Rodriguez (born 1977) is a visual artist, organizer, and professor based in the Bronx, New York City.[1][2]


Rodriguez graduated with a BFA in Visual & Critical Studies from the School of Visual Arts in 2011 and an MFA in Fine Art from CUNY Hunter College in 2014.[2]

Artistic practice[edit]

In 2014, Rodriguez attended the Shandaken Project Residency in Catskills, NY.[3] In 2015, she was the Artist-in-Residence in the Sculpture department at Hunter College, NY.[4] In 2017, Rodriguez collaborated with MoMA to create the Night Studio program a free, six-week art class for NYC residents currently in the process of taking the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion, formerly the GED).[5] In 2018, Rodriguez was awarded the Percent for Art public sculpture commission to create a permanent public sculpture in the Bronx NY. Shellyne has stated that the sculpture will serve as "a monument to the people of the Bronx."[6] In 2018, the Whitney released a video by Rodriguez where she responds and discusses Ja'Tovia Gary's film An Ecstatic Experience.[7]

In 2019, Shellyne Rodriguez became the inaugural artist-in-residence at The Latinx Project, an initiative based at NYU that is dedicated to Latinx studies.[8] While at the Latinx Project, Rodriguez curated a show with the curatorial team focused around the ideas of displacement and how it affects the Latinx population in New York. The show included pieces by Rodriguez, Alicia Grullón, and anti-gentrification group Mi Casa No es Su Casa.[8]

Exhibition history[edit]

Selected exhibition history:

Community organizing[edit]

Shellyne is also a community organizer and an active member of the grassroots collective Take Back the Bronx.[2] In March 2019, Rodriguez joined a group of latinx scholars, artists, and activists in penning and signing a letter to El Museo del Barrio demanding change at the East Harlem institution.[12] Rodriguez is a member of Decolonize This Place and spoke at the Safariland protests at the Whitney Museum of American Art in May 2019.[13]


Rodriguez has written for multiple publications including Hyperallergic.[14]


  1. ^ "An Incomplete History of Protest: Shellyne Rodriguez on Ja'Tovia Gary". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  2. ^ a b c Rodriguez, Shellyne. "Shellyne Rodriguez". The New Inquiry. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  3. ^ "Shandaken: Projects | Alumni". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  4. ^ "MFA Program in Studio Art". 205 Hudson. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  5. ^ Zwicky, Calder (2017-11-20). "In The Night Studio". MoMA. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  6. ^ "Shellyne Rodriguez". Bronx 200. 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  7. ^ "An Incomplete History of Protest: Shellyne Rodriguez on Ja'Tovia Gary".
  8. ^ a b "9 Art Events in New York This Week: Nari Ward, Jonas Mekas, Judith Linhares, and More". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  9. ^ "PELEA: Visual Responses to Spatial Precarity". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  10. ^ "Bronx River Art Center :: Gallery :: BRONX NOW". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  11. ^ "Queens Museum". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  12. ^ "'We Need Change Now': Activists Circulate Open Letter on Future of El Museo Del Barrio". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  13. ^ ""You Can't Hide": Protesters March from Whitney to Warren B. Kanders's Home During Biennial Opening". Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  14. ^ "The Unbridgeable Chasm Between the Bronx and the Police". Hyperallergic. 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2019-07-10.

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