A headshot of Shelley Spector, Book Arts & Printmaking (MFA) faculty.

BFA '94

Book Arts & Printmaking (MFA)

Shelley Spector is a multidisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia. In her practice, she responds to available materials and objects, most often discarded, to produce distinct bodies of work that search for social interconnections and economy of resources. 

Spector’s work is part of many public and private collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which presented her solo exhibition Keep The Home Fires Burning in 2015, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Woodmere Art Museum, West Collection in PA, and Human Rights Campaign headquarters in Washington, DC. Her ongoing collaborative project, Village, which began at the PMA has traveled to alternative art spaces in Brooklyn, Costa Rica, San Francisco, Chicago and Montréal. Spector's work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America and featured in ARTnews. She has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Leeway Foundation.

A mobile soap-making unit, which renders liquid soup from reclaimed cooking oil. Using wood, plastic, and metal, Shelley Spector fashioned the cart with an electrical hook-up, crock pot and sink, counter space, and storage for bottles and utensils, with the compact efficiency of a boat’s cabin.
"5 South", Mixed Media / reclaimed materials, 48 x 34 x 56”, produced at RAIR artist residency, 2018


Reclaimed glass bottles filled with white soap created by Shelley Spector
"Bottle Soap", Mixed media / reclaimed materials, Dimensions vary, 2018


Hundreds of sacks made from reclaimed fabric and filled with rice to create a modular sculptural installation.
"White Rice Builds – 1,250 Servings", Reclaimed textiles and white rice, 72 x 96 x 3”,
produced with the support of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, 2020


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