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Shelby Meyerhoff is a multidisciplinary artist based in the Boston area. Her recent exhibits include solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography (MA) and Bridgewater State University (MA), and a two-person show at the Hopkins Center for the Arts (MN). Photographs from her Zoomorphics series have also been exhibited at the Mattatuck Museum (CT), the Attleboro Arts Museum (MA), the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts (RI), and the LH Horton Jr. Gallery at San Joaquin Delta College (CA). Her work has been featured in Harvard Magazine, Fraction MagazineA Photo EditorWhat Will You Remember?, and UU World. Meyerhoff's photographs are held in private collections and in the permanent collection of Bridgewater State University.
 

Meyerhoff has studied visual arts at the Griffin Museum, the New England School of Photography, and MassArt. She holds a B.A. in the Comparative Study of Religion from Harvard College and a M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School.

 

She lives near the Middlesex Fells, a 2,575-acre nature reservation, and draws much of her inspiration from the plants, animals, and other species found in her local area. Before becoming a fine artist, Meyerhoff worked in nonprofit communications, promoting environmental initiatives.

 

She is also an educator, with a focus on arts and nature programming. Meyerhoff has taught children from preschool to 8th grade, through the Arlington Center for the Arts, the Umbrella Arts Center, the Concord Free Public Library, the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation, the Great River Outdoor Summer Program, and Ready Set Kids. She enjoys sharing Zoomorphics with viewers of all ages.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2023

Zoomorphics, Anderson Gallery at Bridgewater State University. Bridgewater, MA. Curated by Jay Block, associate director of collections and exhibitions.

2022  

 

Zoomorphics, Concord Free Public Library. Concord, MA. 

2020   

 

Zoomorphics, Griffin Museum of Photography. Winchester, MA. Curated by Paula Tognarelli, executive director and curator of the Griffin. 
 

TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2022

Beyond & Bizarre: Nature Illusions, Hopkins Center for the Arts. Hopkins, MN. Curated by Jim Clark, visual arts manager at the Center. Two-person show with Jean Hawton. 

 

INVITED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023  

Behind the Lens 2023: Everything is Different, or Six Degrees…, Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts. Providence, RI. Curated by David DeMelim, director of RICPA.

Climate Equity: A Better Future for All, Unbound Visual Arts. Allston, MA. Curated by Jingyi Wang.

Climate Change: Creating Conversations on a Global Scale. Multicultural Arts Center. Cambridge, MA. Curated by Martha Heller and Adriana Prat.

 

Inspiring Change for the Climate Crisis: The Non-Human is Pushing Back, Piano Craft Gallery. Boston, MA. Curated by Michaela Morse, Jeffrey Nowlin, and Adriana Prat. 

Inspiring Change for the Climate Crisis. On view at Brickbottom Artists Association Gallery. Somerville, MA, and then at the Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA. Curated by Adriana Prat.

 

2022   


Inspiring Change for the Climate Crisis. On view at Unbound Visual Arts. Allston, MA, July-September 2022; at honeyjones gallery, Cambridge, MA, October-November 2022; and at Belmont Gallery of Art, December 2022-January 2023. Curated by Adriana Prat.

Integrated Cycles: Artists Respond to Our Changing Earth, Arlington Center for the Arts. Arlington, MA. Curated by Emily Belz. 

2021   

Meditations on Climate Crisis: Inspiring Change, honeyjones gallery. Cambridge, MA. Curated by Adriana Prat.

           

13th Anniversary Group Exhibit, Fraction Magazine, Issue 145. Online exhibit. Curated by Bree Lamb and Leo Hsu, Managing Editors.



JURIED AND OPEN GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022

 

Face It, Studio Place Arts. Barre, VT. Juried by Janet Van Fleet and Michael Ridge.

2021

Real or Imagined, Attleboro Arts Museum. Attleboro, MA. Juried by Clare Bell, senior director of exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum. 
 

Visions of Self, Yosemite Sierra Artists. Oakhurst, CA. Online exhibit. Juried by Michele Ellis Pracy, executive director and chief curator of the Fresno Art Museum, and Diane Breuer, artist.
 

MIXMASTER, Mattatuck Museum. Waterbury, CT. Juried by Leslie Garrett, director at Nohra Haime Gallery in NYC.

The 2020 Favorite Photograph Exhibition, LENSCRATCH photography blog. Online exhibit.
 

2020

 

Members Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association. Cambridge, MA. Juried by Jessica Roscio, assistant director and curator of the Danforth Art Museum.

 

Facing You: A Portraits Show, Belmont Gallery of Art (BGA). Online exhibit. Juried by Rebecca Richards and Adine Storer, BGA co-directors.
 

Photography Atelier 32, Griffin Museum. Winchester, MA. 

Energy, ArtSpace Maynard. Maynard, MA. Juried by Jessica Roscio.

2019

Contemporary Portrait Photography, LH Horton Jr. Gallery. Stockton, CA. Juried by Aline Smithson, artist and founder of LENSCRATCH.

APG > ATL: Airport 2019, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, organized by the Atlanta Photography Group. Atlanta, GA. Juried by Amy Miller, executive director of Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

You: Artists Depict Themselves, Hopkinton Center for the Arts. Hopkinton, MA. Juried by Arthur Dion, director emeritus of Gallery NAGA.

 

Very Superstitious, Arlington Center for the Arts. Arlington, MA. Juried by Caitee Hoglund, gallery director of 13Forest.

AVATARS // ghosts, Nave Gallery. Somerville, MA. Juried by Christina Balch, Giuliana Funkhouser, and Krista Wright.

Eye Spy, Studio Place Arts. Barre, VT.  ​

Perceptions of Self(ie), Mosesian Center for the Arts. Watertown, MA. 

Unapologetic {Sorry}, Amazing Things Arts Center. Framingham, MA. 

     

Spring Awakening, Belmont Gallery of Art. Belmont, MA. ​

2018

 

Photography Atelier 28, Griffin Museum of Photography. Winchester, MA. 
 

2017

 

Gathering Places, Umbrella Community Arts Center. Concord, MA. 

 

We the People, Arlington Center for the Arts. Arlington, MA. 

 

PRESS

 

2023

 

"Best Photo Picks December 2023," article in What Will You Remember?, by Elin Spring and Suzanne Révy. 

2022

 

"Best Photo Picks October 2022," article in What Will You Remember?, by Elin Spring and Suzanne Révy. 

2021   

"This Week In Photography: Denver MoP," article in A Photo Editor, by Jonathan Blaustein. October 2021.

"'We’re All Animals': Shelby Meyerhoff’s liminal, liberating body painting," profile in Harvard Magazine, by Lydialyle Gibson. Cambridge, MA. January-February 2021. 

2020   

"Optics Episode 4 - Shelby Meyerhoff," televised artist’s talk produced by Winchester Community Access and Media in partnership with the Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA. November 2020. 


"Atelier 32: Shelby Meyerhoff," interview. Griffin Museum of Photography blog, Winchester, MA. September 25, 2020. 
 

2019   

"Eye Spy’ at SPA: Viewing from both sides of the art," exhibit review in The Times Argus, by Mary Gow. Barre, VT. July 20, 2019. 

"Framingham art show spotlights how women apologize more than men," exhibit review in The MetroWest Daily News, by Jane Razzaq. Framingham, MA. March 28, 2019. 

"Zoomorphics," artist statement and four images featured in UU World, the national magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association, Boston, MA. Spring 2019 issue. 

"Portrait of the Artist: Perceptions of Shelby Meyerhoff," interview on Mosesian Center for the Arts blog, by Aneleise Ruggles. Watertown, MA. March 11, 2019. 

 

2018   

"Interdependent Web," photograph and comment included in roundup of online content on UU World blog, by Heather Christensen. August 6, 2018. 

EDUCATION

 

2020

Atelier 32 course with Meg Birnbaum, Griffin Museum of Photography. Winchester, MA.    

2019

Digital printing and Photoshop courses with Sue Ann Hodges, and portrait photography with Ben Wight of Hitched Studios, New England School of Photography. Waltham, MA.

 

2018 

Atelier 28 course with Meg Birnbaum, Griffin Museum of Photography. Winchester, MA.

 

2006


M. Div. Harvard Divinity School. Cambridge, MA.

2003

B.A. The Comparative Study of Religion, magna cum laude, Harvard College. Cambridge, MA.

PROFESSIONAL TALKS

2023

Bridgewater State University. Bridgewater, MA. Classroom lecture on Zoomorphics to students in Photography I class, followed by conversation in the Anderson Gallery.

Bridgewater State University. Gallery talk and Q&A for painting students at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Brooks School. Andover, MA. Talk on self-portraiture as a means of identity expression and community building, followed by short performance and self-portraiture workshop. 

Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts. Presented on Zoomorphics as part of group artists’ talk for Behind the Lens 2023 exhibit.

2022

Hopkins Center for the Arts. Artist talk on Beyond & Bizarre: Nature Illusions exhibit, with artist Jean Hawton and curator Jim Clark.

Photographic Resource Center. Cambridge, MA. Artist talk on Zoomorphics, as keynote speaker for the PRC Nights Online program, "The Staged Photograph."

Arlington Center for the Arts. Participated in group artists’ talk for Integrated Cycles exhibit.

2021

honeyjones gallery. Moderated and participated in the group artists' talk for Meditations on the Climate Crisis.

Studio 213. Organized and moderated panel discussion, "Tips and Tricks for Artist Websites."  

Mattatuck Museum. Presented on Zoomorphics as part of group artists’ talk for MIXMASTER exhibit.

2020

Griffin Museum of Photography. Artist talk on Zoomorphics

Belmont Gallery of Art. Presented on Zoomorphics as part of panel discussion featuring select artists from Facing You exhibit.

2019

Jenks Center. Winchester, MA. Artist talk on Zoomorphics. 

2018

Griffin Museum of Photography. Artist talk on Zoomorphics. 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2022               

 

Concord Free Public Library. Taught face painting class for ages 11-18, and a mini-class with exhibit tour for ages K-5 and their families.
 

Arlington Center for the Arts.  Taught face painting workshop, for ages 6-12 and an accompanying parent or family member. 

2017-2018

Ready Set Kids! After School Program. Arlington, MA. Led children's activities, including nature walks and comics club (drawing) for K-3rd graders.

 

Private lessons. Provided customized classes for children, families, and small groups. Class topics included face and body painting, watercolor technique, and technical drawing.
 

2017

Great River Outdoor Summer Program. Winchester, MA. Co-led two-week summer camp centered on outdoor education and play for ages 3-8.

Umbrella Community Arts Center. Concord, MA. Taught classes on nature and art at the Summer Arts Under the Umbrella program. Adapted course material to make it relevant for a range of ages from pre-K to 7th grade.

Friends of the Middlesex Fells. Stoneham, MA. Co-facilitated outdoor education for children ages 4-8 in the Middlesex Fells forest.


 

AFFILIATIONS
 

Member of Studio 213 artists' space in Boston's SoWa arts district and the Griffin Museum of Photography.

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