Sheila Pepe is best known for her large-scale, ephemeral installations and sculpture made from domestic and industrial materials. Since the mid-1990s Pepe has used feminist and craft traditions to investigate received notions concerning the production of canonical artwork as well as the artist’s relationship to museum display and the art institution itself.

Pepe has exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad in solo and group exhibitions as well as collaborative projects. Venues for Pepe’s many solo exhibitions include the Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina. Her work has been included in important group exhibitions such as the first Greater New York at PS1/MoMA; Hand + Made: The Performative Impulse in Art & Craft, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Texas, and Artisterium, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Pepe’s work was recently featured in the exhibition Queer Threads at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Lesbian and Gay Art in New York, and commissions for the 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale,  exhibitions include a commission for the ICA/Boston’s traveling exhibition Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present Two new solo projects are scheduled for 2016 – a summer installation at Diverseworks, Houston, TX, with special event works by  CORE participant Sondra Perry.

Pepe is also known as an educator who likes to trespass the boundaries of fixed disciplines in art and design. She has taught since 1995—for many years as adjunct faculty in a variety of programs and schools including Brandeis University, Bard College, RISD, VCU, and Williams College—until 2006 when she took a full-time position at Pratt Institute as the assistant chair of fine arts. Her own artistic development was a mix of academic training and non-degree granting residencies: BFA, Massachusetts College of Art, 1983; Haystack School, 1984; Skowhegan School, 1994; MFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1995; and Radcliffe Institute, 1998–99. Pepe was a resident faculty member at Skowhegan School, 2013. She is now a Core Critic in the Painting + Printmaking Department at Yale University.

A COMPREHENSIVE CV is available upon request

Born 1959, Morristown, NJ

SELECTED Solo Exhibitions
  • 2016 Put me down gently: a place to be (In conversation with Sondra Perry and the coming heat) Diverseworks, Houston, TX
  • 2013 T-7 Pauseway, Istanbul International Arts Fair with PASAJ Artist’s Space, Turkey
  • 2012 Common Sense Athens, American College of Greece: Deree, Aghia Paraskevi, Greece
  • 2011 Common Sense and Other Things, Carroll and Sons Art Gallery, Boston, MA
    Common Sense, He Said She Said, Oak Park, IL
  • 2010 Simple Drawing (public commission), Arts on the Point, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
  • 2009 Yo Mama, Dust Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
    Common Sense (collaboration with Elizabeth Dunbar), testsite, Fluent~Collaborative, Austin, TX
  • 2008 Red Hook at Bedford Terrace, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
    Sheila Pepe: Drawing in Space, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • 2007 BUS LINES, Drawing Center and River to River Festival’s Big Draw, World Financial Plaza and Wintergarden, New York, NY
  • 2006 Mine Ayn, Rowland Contemporary, Chicago, IL
  • 2005 Mind the Gap, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (catalogue)
    Hot Lesbian Formalism, Sesnon Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
    Tunnel, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ (catalogue)
  • 2004 Bridge and Tunnel, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY
    I Love New York, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
  • 2003 From Delancey and Clinton, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, CA
    Under the F & G, Visual Art Center of Richmond, VA (catalogue)
  • 2002 Sheila Pepe, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY
    Come Fly with Me, The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
  • 2001 High Hopes, The Clifford Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY (catalogue)
  • 2000 Shrink, Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT (catalogue)
    Josephine, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY (catalogue)
SELECTED 2 & 3 Person Exhibitions
  • 2015 Sheila Pepe: A Place for Looking with Paola Ferrario, Fabiola Menchelli and Julie Ryan, Joseph Carroll & Sons Art Gallery, Boston MA
  • 2012 Collaboration with shoe designer Alejandro Ingelmo, the High Line Room, The Standard Hotel, New York Fashion Week
  • Participant, Inc. Presents Pepe & Puntar’s Lucid Dream Lounge with Special Guests…(with Diana Puntar), Participant, Inc., New York, NY
  • Untold Stories: Alexandre, Yulim, Sheila Pepe, Tea for Three Curatorial Group, RAM Studios, Milan, Italy
  • 2011 A Room, in Three Movements: Katy Heinlein, Sheila Pepe and Halsey Rodman, Sue Scott Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2004 Two Women: Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lakeworth, FL (catalogue)
Selected Group Exhibitions
  • 2016 Love 2016, Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY. Curator: Rachel Stern
  • Drawing for Sculpture, TSA New York, Brooklyn, NY. Curator: Courtney Puckett
  • Sew What? Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York, NY. Curator: Jil Weinstock
  • The Other Side, Monya Rowe Gallery, St. Augustine, FL
  • Cut Up, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT. Curator: Katie Vida
  • Queer Threads, Mills Center for the Arts, Boston, MA. Curator: John Chaich (Catalogue)
  • 2015 A Tendency Toward Textiles, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, Curator: Allison Ferris (Catalogue)
  • Fiber: Sculpture 1960 – Present, Wexner Center for Contemporary Art,
  • Columbus, Ohio. Curator: J.Porter + Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, on site Curator: Gilbert Vicario (Catalogue)
  • Sampling, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY, Curator: Dara Meyers-Kingsley
  • Object’hood, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY, Curators: Inna Babaeva and Gelah Penn
  • Magic Praxis, Improvised Showboat at Industry City, Sunset Park, NY, Curator: Clarity Haynes
  • Queer Threads, Decker Gallery at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
  • 2014 Fiber: Sculpture 1960 – Present, ICA/Boston, MA. Curator: Jenelle Porter October 2014- January 2015 (Catalogue)
  • We Have Never Participated: The 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, OCAT, Shenzhen, China, Curator: Marko Daniel (Catalogue)
  • Queer Threads, Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York, NY, Curator: John Chaich
  • Home Spun, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
  • ARTIST ACTIVIST, Washington Hall, Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art, Georgia Regents University
  • 2013 Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Industry City, Brooklyn, NY (catalogue) Journeys, Tea for Three – Berlin, Germany Wild Flowers, Galleria NOPX, Turino, Italy 2013 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Artists, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
  • 2012 ARTInRETI: Artistic Practice and Urban transformation in Piemonte, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy, Curator: Giorgio Caione (catalogue)
  • Untold Stories, Tea for Three– Milan, Italy
  • Paper Space: Drawings by Sculptors, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
  • Space Invaders, Lehman College Art Gallery/CUNY, Bronx, NY, Curator: Karin Bravin
  • B-OUT, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY. Curator: Scott Hug
  • Studi Aperti, Ameno, Italy, Curator: Asilo Bianco
  • Volta8, Basel, Switzerland, with Sue Scott Gallery
  • Fancy Balls for Girls, Brooklyn Artists Ball table, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2011 Paper A-Z, Sue Scott Gallery, New York, NY
  • Netjets: 10 years at Art Basel Miami Beach, Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL, Curator: Micaela Giovannotti
  • 2010 Chime In, Artisterium, Tbilisi, Rebublic of Georgia, Curator: Lydia Mathews and Laurie Lazer (catalogue)
  • Hand + Made: The Performative Impulse in Art & Craft, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, TX, Curator: Valerie Cassel Oliver (catalogue)
  • Fiber/Optics, Marwen, Chicago, IL
  • 2009 whitey on the moon/white hot money, 106 Green, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, Curator: Kanishka Raja
  • Pratt Prints, Gallery Belas Atres University Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil
  • THREADS, SOMArts / Queer Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA, Curators: Tirza Latimer/Allison Smith
  • 2008 Artcrush, Jenny Jaskey Gallery at 220 Rittenhouse Place, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Future Must Be Sweet: Lower East Side Printshop Celebrates 40 years, International Print Center, New York, NY, Curator: Marilyn S. Kushner (catalogue)
  • Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ (catalogue)
  • Pink and Bent: the Art of Queer Women, Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, New York, NY
  • Color in 3D: Found, Applied, and Readymade, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT, Curator: Saul Ostrow
  • This Show Needs You, San Jose ICA, CA, Organizers: Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens
  • Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN
  • Colby Brewer and Me: A collaborative installation with the public, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Empire of This, Claire Oliver Gallery, NY, Curator: Janet Phelps
  • Break the Rules!, Manheim Kunstverein, Manheim, Germany (catalogue)
  • 2016 Joan Mitchel Center Artist-in-Residence, New Orleans, LA
  • 2015 Distingusished Alumni Award, Massachusetts College of Art + Design, Boston
  • 2013 Artist-in-Residence, Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy
  • 2012 Folgli-Scritte Residency, Asilo Bianco: An Open Space for Contemporary Culture, Ameno, Italy
  • 2011 Anonymous Was A Woman Award Art Matters Grant, Art Matters Foundation, New York, NY The Milton and Sally Michel Avery Residency for a Visual Artist, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • 2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist Grant, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY

  • 2004 Lower East Side Printshop Publishing Residency, New York, NY Rhode Island School of Design Professional Development Grant

  • 2001 The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award


SELECTED Public Collections
  • Arts on the Point, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Chambers Hotel, New York, NY
  • Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
  • Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
  • Goldman Sachs, New York, NY
  • Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
  • Lesley + Lohman Museum, NY
  • List Visual Art Center, MIT, Cambridge, MA
  • Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
  • Simmonds College, Boston, MA
  • Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
  • Ritz Hotel, Boston, MA
  • Worcester Art Museum, MA