Kelly Shehan

Artist bio

Kelly Shehan is a multimedia artist, photographer and poet. Her work explores spiritual formation, immateriality and the interior world. Not limited by any specific medium, believing each medium has a history and potential connected to it, she selects materials because of their innate qualities. She resides in Hereford, Arizona. I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that the brokenness, discontinuities and contradictions that we face daily might actually conceal a hidden harmony. My artistic practice is a search for that hidden harmony. EDUCATION: Azusa Pacific University, M.F.A. Visual Arts (2017) Southern Oregon University, B.A. Visual Arts (2011) Arizona State University, B.A. Psychology/Southeast Asian Studies (2004) SOLO EXHIBITIONS: “Now and Not Yet” - M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Duke Gallery, Azusa Pacific University, Los Angeles, CA (2017) “I wish the boy was here”, Emergent Gallery, Chicago, IL (2015) “Streetlight”, Bezalel Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ (2013) GROUP EXHIBITIONS: "Shared Visions", Inland Empire Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (2018) "Liminal", Progress Gallery, Pomona, CA (2017) SoCal MFA Juried Exhibition, Juror: Amanda Ross-Ho, Millard Sheets Art Center at Fairplex, Pomona, CA (2017) “First Fruits”, CIVA Touring Exhibition (3+ years), Atlanta, GA, Seattle, WA, Dallas, TX, Bentonville, AR, Addison, TX, Kansas City, MO, Lincoln, NE, Colorado Spring, CO, Deerfield, IL, Madison, WI, U.S.A, (2017-2021) “Through the IRIS, Grace College, Winona Lake, IN, Indiana Wesleyan, Marion, IN, Mary-Hardin Baylor, Benton, TX, George Fox U, Newberg, OR, Azusa Pacific University, L.A., CA (2017-2019) “Hyperobjectivity”, Exhale Unlimited Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2017) “In Plain Sight”, Exit Gallery, Azusa Pacific University, Los Angeles, Ca (2016) “Pneumatological Imagination”, Life Pacific, San Dimas, CA (2016) “Recolor Recover”, Exhale Unlimited Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2015) “Pop Type Graphic fabric”, Exhale Unlimited Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2014) “Bezalel Opening”, Bezalel Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ (2012) “Rise Above”, Bangkok Gallery of Art, Bangkok, Thailand, (2005) TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Adjunct Professor, Research Methods and Writing, Charter Oak State College, Connecticut, MA (2020-Present) Adjunct Professor, Visual Arts - Drawing and Design, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ (2017-Present) Adjunct Professor, Visual Arts - Photography, Huntington University, Peoria, AZ (2017-18) PUBLICATIONS/PRESS: Embers Magazine 2020 Publication, “A Breath of Fresh Air” (2020) Embers Magazine 2020 Publication, “Let Christ Out” (2020) The Art of Faith Magazine: Volume 1 Issue 1, “Modern Slavery” (2017) Greensprings Publishing, "The Slave and the Master" (2006) Greensprings Publishing, "i wait" (2006) AWARDS: Embers 2020 finalist, “Now and Not Yet” (2020) Embers 2020 finalist, “First Fruits” (2020) Top Finalist, CIVA “First Fruits”, Juried Exhibition, U.S.A., (2017) Honorable Mention “Being Human”, Juried Photography Exhibition, Southern Oregon University, (2011)


Further Clothed



Artist Statement

"Further Clothed" reveals when something is both fully realized and still in process. It's being hungry and full at the same time. It's new life sandwiched between a war and a marriage. War, allowing things to die, marriage, bringing things to life. At once, it's proclamatory and satisfied with longing, heartbreak and suffering. It's the story of a bride caught in battle, her weapon, the daily ritual of emptying and waiting to be filled by someone greater than herself. Each day she's hopeful she'll be filled a little more, gaining territory until she passes over the threshold into the infinite where she'll finally be liberated through being completely full of the other's presence. This work takes a deeper look into ritual and narrative.

How it fits into contest

It demonstrates the ongoing battle of the Bride of Christ, the idea of Now and Not Yet in regards to the Kingdom of God as fully realized and finished and at the same time, still in process. While in this world we are in a battle that has already been won for us, the weapon is believing this truth. Putting on the "full armor of God" is what fuels and kindles our belief.



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