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Drew Shiflett (born 1951 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American artist who lives and works in New York City.


Drew Shiflett studied art at Columbia College Chicago and received her BA in 1974. From 1976 to 1978 she studied painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Hoffberger School of Painting.


Drew Shiflett started with drawings and reliefs in the 1970s. In the 1980s and early 1990s she began to make sculptural reliefs and 3-D sculptures, putting things together in a uniquely personal way. She used material such as cloth, wire, Styrofoam, plastic, metal conduit, and papier-mâché in a process that is reminiscent of weaving.[1] A relationship to Robert Rauschenberg's “junk art” was seen in her works by critics. "But Shiflett creates something more personal and desperate, something approaching a feminist existentialism."[2]

In her recent work Drew Shiflett returns again to drawings without losing her sculptural perspective. Very often she uses translucent, handmade paper glued together for producing flat objects with irregular forms. Elisa Decker describes the process in an article of Art in America: She "draws on the surfaces of the torn and cut pieces at the same time as she adds layer upon layer." [3] Each object has a form "without concern for the regularity of a four-sided plane". Her recent works show that drawing, relief and sculpture can be combined in a slow, deliberate process. "In a sense, Shiflett’s drawings provide a metaphor for the human condition; they are contained, yet they have an expansive quality that suggests they could go on and on."[4]


Drew Shiflett exhibited in group exhibitions in many galleries and museums in the USA.

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2012 Lesley Heller Workspace, New York City
  • 2011 Guild Hall Museum – Spiga Gallery, East Hampton, New York
  • 2010 The Drawing Room, East Hampton, New York
  • 2008 Lesley Heller Gallery, New York City
  • 2006 Lesley Heller Gallery, New York City
  • 2004 Islip Art Museum, Collection Insights: Drew Shiflett, East Islip, New York
  • 1993 The InterArt Center, New York City
  • 1984 White Columns, New York City
  • 1983 Fashion Moda, Paper Constructions, Bronx, New York

Grants & awards[edit]

Artists’ Fellowship Award - Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts / New York Foundation For The Arts
Top Honors Award – 71st Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition, awarded by juror, Jodi Hauptman, curator / Department of Drawings, Museum of Modern Art
Mid Atlantic / NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship - Sculpture / Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Guggenheim Fellowship Award - Sculpture / John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Artists' Fellowship Award - Sculpture / New York Foundation for the Arts


  1. ^ Nancy Princenthal, Idio Cognito, catalogue essay from 1993, Police Building, New York City, NY
  2. ^ , Kathleen Cullen, "Drew Shiflett", essay in the catalogue of the 1993 exhibition at The Interart Center, New York City, NY
  3. ^ Elisa Decker, Drew Shiflett at Lesley Heller, Art In America, January 2013
  4. ^ Elisa Decker, Drew Shiflett at Lesley Heller, Art In America, January 2013

External links[edit]

Category:1951 births Category: American sculptors Category:People from Chicago Category:Artists from New York Category:Columbia College Chicago alumni Category:American women sculptors