photo Katy Weaver

Shelley Jordon is a Portland Oregon based painter and moving image artist who explores the intersection between interior and exterior worlds and connections between past and present experiences. She has been a recipient of  the Visual Arts Fellowhip for the American Academy in Jerusalem, two Oregon Arts Commission Individual Fellowship Awards, two Ford Family Career Opportunity Awards, a Fulbright-Hayes Group Travel Research Grant to Yemen and Tunisia and an OSU Center for the Humanities Fellowship Award. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous venues nationally and internationally, including the Frye Museum in Seattle, WA, The Wexner Center For the Arts in Columbus, OH, The Oregon Jewish Museum, the Portland Art Museum,  the Museo Cultural, Santa Fe New Mexico, the Tacoma Art Museum, The Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, Greece, Mabaada (the Lab), Jerusalem, Israel and the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME. Her award-winning hand-painted animations have been screened at venues in  Sydney, Australia, Jerusalem, Israel, Los Angeles, CA, Beirut, Lebanon, Sardinia, Italy, and Hamburg, Germany, where she won "Best Art and Animation" Award at the Radar/Hamburg Film Festival.  She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and her MFA from Brooklyn College. Jordon, a Professor of Art at Oregon State University, has particpated in artist residencies at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Lucas Artist residency at Montalvo and the American Academy in Rome. She recently participated in " the A-Team; Artists For Social Change", at NOASS, a floating art center, in Riga, Latvia, where she exhibited and spoke about her work. She spent three months painting and teaching in Siena, Italy during the fall of 2013.

Shelley lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, David, daughter, Clara and their "career-change" guide dog, Spanky. They summer on Peaks Island off the coast of Portland, Maine.





MFA, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York


BFA, School of Visual Arts, NYC, Regents Scholarship


Awards/ Grants/ Fellowships/Artist Residencies




Willapa Bay Artist Residency, Oysterville, WA


Key West Studios, Key West FL




Djerassi, Hallie Ford Artist Residency, Woodside, CA




Oregon Arts Commission and Ford Family Foundation Career Opportunity Grant


Lucas Artists Residency Program at the Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA,

 collaboration with composer Kurt Rohde, (also 2013)




Oregon Arts Commission and Ford Family Foundation Career Opportunity Grant


American Embassy in Latvia Travel Grant




Wexner Center for the Arts; Film and Video Residency, Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio




American Academy in Jerusalem, Visual Artist Fellow


Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship Award


Center for the Humanities Fellowship Award, Oregon State University


Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, OR, Professional Development Award


“Best Art and Animation Award”, Radar Hamburg Independent Film Festival, Hamburg Germany




American Academy in Rome, artist residency, Rome, Italy


“Critic’s Choice Award”, Gold Coyote l Super Short Film and Video Competition, Marylhurst, OR


“Judges Award”, Ken Turan, LA Times, Northwest Film and Video Festival, PDX,


OSU Library Research Travel Grant Award to Berlin


LL Stewart Faculty Development Award, Oregon State University, Travel to Berlin, Germany




Painting’s Edge, Idyllwild, CA




CLA Research Grant, Oregon State University




American Academy in Rome, artist residency, Rome, Italy




Fulbright-Hayes Group Travel Award to Yemen and Tunisia


Selected One-person Exhibitions




“Ordinary Matters”, Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland, OR




“(lost) In the Woods” (in collaboration with composer Kurt Rohde), Whitebox Gallery,

University of Oregon, Portland, OR




“Publicly Private”, (two-person), New Media Gallery, Oranim College, Oranim,

 Israel (catalogue).


 “Anita’s Journey”, Fleckinstein Video Gallery, Flint Art Institute, Flint, Michigan


“Perceptual Interiorities; an Animated Sound Performance”, collaboration with musicians Dana Reason and Kevin Patton. Art Center, Corvallis, OR




“Anita’s Journey”, Box Gallery, Wexner Center For the Arts, Columbus, Ohio


“Materfamilias”, Fairbanks, Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR




“Flying/Falling”, Dwek Gallery, Mishenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem, Israel


“Mabaada,( the Lab)”, Jerusalem, Israel




 “Clouds and Other Recent Paintings, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA,


“Viewpoints”, North Gallery, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL,




“Skies and Still Lifes”, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR





 ”Reflections on Light”, Holter Museum of Art, Helena Montana




 "Interior Views," Linda Hodges Gallery - Seattle, WA




 "Roman Still Lifes and Other Recent Paintings," Augen Gallery ,PDX,  OR


“Recent Paintings”, Kittredge Gallery - University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA


"The Rome Paintings," West Gallery OSU, Corvallis, OR




 "Reflections on Italian Light," Grover/Thurston Gallery - Seattle, WA




 Buckley Center Gallery - University of Portland, Portland, OR


Grover/Thurston Gallery - Seattle, WA




Mary Hill Museum - Goldendale, WA


Selected Group Exhibitions and Screenings




://Self- Imaging: Artists Against Intolerance”, Carnival of e-Creativity, Shillong, India


“Digital Pop”, Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens Greece


“Temporary Contemporary; In the Name of Truth: Time Peace & Humanity”, Torrance Art Museum, LA, CA


“Overtime; Bananas, Pepper, Pear”, New Media Wall, Hurley Convergence Center, University of Martha Washington, Fredericksburg, VA




“Moving Pictures: Early Animation and Its Influence”, The Center, Sun Valley, ID


"Possibilities of Paper: Works by Lucas Artists Fellows (2005-2015)”, Project Space Gallery, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA




“Spatial Shifting” (collaboration with Dana Reason), Agosto Interdisciplinary Festival,

Prague Budapest (also shown at the Art Center, Corvallis, OR)


“I Colori Della Memoria”, Box Gallery, Milan Italy


“A Virtual Memorial Jaffa”, Muzaplus, Jaffa, Israel


“A Virtual Memorial Timisoara”, German Cultural Center, Timisoara, Romania




“Dentro E Fuori/Inside Out”, Siena, Italy


“A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013”, Regional Museum of Kedainiai, Lithuiania (catalogue)


“Zagreb Jewish Film” Festival, Zagreb, Croatia


“West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival”, Creative Arts Center, WVU, West Virginia


“Maine Jewish Film Festival”, Portland, ME


“Jewish Film Festival”, Vancouver, BC


“LBCC Invitational 2013”, Santiam Galleries, Lane Benton Community College, Albany OR





“Freedom From Memory”, Meta House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Timisoara, Romania


“DysTorpia”, Outpost Artist Resource, Queens, NY (catalogue)


“Festival de Cine Judio”, Caracas, Venezuela


“Warsaw Jewish Film Festival”, Kinoteca, Warsaw, Poland


“UK Jewish Film Festival”, London, England


“Currents 2012”, El Museo Cutural, Santa Fe New Mexico (catalogue)


“A Virtual Memorial – Commemorative Interventions” NOASS, in conjunction with the Riga Ghetto and Holocaust Museum, Riga, Latvia


“Lois Dodd and Her Students”, Firehouse Center, Damariscotta, ME (catalogue)




“CologneOff Vll , Art and the City”, traveled to: International Video Art Festival, the Sunflower

 Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon, Budapest International Short Film Festival, Budapest, Hungary,

Waterpieces Contemporary and Video Art Festival Riga/Latvia


“L’Aquilla Film Festival”, L’Aquilla, Italy


“Athens Video Art Festival”, Technopolis Municipality of Athens, Greece


“Animacall: The Animation Project”, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, Greece (catalogue)


“Currents 2011”, El Museo Cutural, Santa Fe New Mexico


“Skepto International Film Festival”, Sardinia, Italy, Milan, Bologna, Rimini, Ravenna, Florence


“Vancouver Jewish Film Festival”, Vancouver, BC


“Sydney Underground Film Festival”, Marrickville, Australia





“Family History”, Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland, OR


“Motherlode”, Art Gym, Marylhurst, OR


“Interiors”, Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR


“Radar Hamburg Independent Film Festival”, Hamburg, Germany


“Portland International Film Festival”, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR


“The Other Venice Film festival”, LA, CA




“Little Gods”, Hybrid Gallery, Portland, OR


“Sydney Underground Film Festival”, Marrickville, Australia


“Tacoma Film Festival”, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA


“Gold Coyote Sesquicentennial Super Short Film and Video Competition”, Marylhurst, OR


“Eugene International Film Festival, Eugene, OR


“36th Annual Northwest Film and Video Festival, Portland Art Museum




“Painting's Edge Exhibit at RAM,” Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA


“Paintings Edge Artists in Residence Exhibition”, Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild, CA


 “Realism”, Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, TN




“Portland Museum of Art Biennial”, Portland, Maine


“Core Sample: Painting Portland, Art Gym, Marylhurst College, PDX, OR


“Avante-Garden”, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria Virginia


“Art Equinox”, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana




“Fourth Annual Realism Invitational”, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA




 “Re-presenting Representation V, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY


“The Art of Illusion”, Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA


“9.11 Artists Respond” Tracy Savage Gallery, Portland, OR


“Third Annual Realism Invitational”, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA


“Rose City Zietgeist”, Regional Arts & Culture Council




 “Second Annual Realism Invitational”, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA




 “American Still Life”, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA


  “Still Life”, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA




“Oregon Biennial”, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. Also, traveled to Schneider

Museum of Art, Ashland, OR and University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, and Hallie Ford

Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR


“Harvest” Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.


"True Art" - Northwest Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA


“Pacific Northwest Annual" - Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA


"Group Show," Gallery Artists - Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA


“Notes from All Over” Hoffman Gallery, Oregon School of Art & Crafts, Portland, OR




 "Selections", Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY


"December Show" - Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.


“Visual Chronicle of Portland Exhibition, Selected Works”, Northview Gallery, PCC, Portland, OR


Summer Group Exhibition, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.


"Thirteenth Annual Anniversary Exhibition", Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA




 "Northwest Biennial Exhibition: The Land," Tacoma Art Museum - Tacoma, WA


"Still Life," Adam Baumgold Gallery - New York, NY


"ANA," Holter Art Museum - Helena, MT




 "Cheekwood National", Cheekwood Museum - Nashville, TN


"Summer Signs," Augen Gallery - Portland, OR


"September Show", J.S. Ames Fine Art - Belfast, ME




 "Still-life and Landscape Painting," William Sawyer Gallery - San Francisco, CA


"Everyday Objects Investigated," Grover/Thurston Gallery - Seattle, WA


Group Show, Kneeland Gallery - Ketchum, ID


"Oregon Women Artists," Littman Gallery - Portland State University - Portland, OR




"Object-ive," Elaine Benson Gallery - Bridgehampton, NY


"Still-life, and Landscape," William Sawyer Gallery - San Francisco, CA


"Painting," Grover/Thurston Gallery - Seattle, WA


"Her-Artworks," South Bend Regional Museum - South Bend, IN


"Realism," Parkersburg Art Center - Parkersburg, WV


“Summer Group Show”, Caldbeck Gallery - Rockland, ME


"The Family," Benton County Historical Museum - Philomath, OR




"New Work by Three Artists," Zimmerman Saturn Gallery - Nashville, TN




 "Post-Impressionists," Slater-Price Gallery - New York, NY


"New Generation," Elaine Benson Gallery - Bridgehampton, NY


"Looking at Plants Through the Artists Eye," Brooklyn Botanic Gardens - Brooklyn, NY


"Lenart Anderson Chooses," First Street Gallery - New York, NY


"Yemen Sketch Book," White Gallery, Portland State University - Portland, OR




“Summer Group Show”, Slater-Price Gallery - New York, NY


"Still-life Now," Creative Arts Workshop - New Haven, CT


"Seen &- Imagined: Paintings by Two Realist Artists," Corvallis Arts Center, Corvallis, OR




"Two Artists," Uddoh Gallery - New York, NY


“All Oregon Art Annual," - Salem, OR




Chuck Levitan Gallery Invitational - New York, NY.




“Curator and Critic Tours, Connective Conversations: Inside Oregon Art 2011-2014”, University of Oregon and the Ford Family Foundation, 2015


“Animacall: The Animation Project”, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, Greece, exhibition catalogue. 2011


“Currents 2011”, El Museo Cutural, Santa Fe New Mexico, exhibition catalogue. 2011


“There is Nothing Like Jerusalem”, translated from Hebrew by Uri Dromi, Time-Out, Jerusalem, July 29, 2010


“OSU Art Professor selected for American Academy in Jerusalem Residency”, Nancy Raskauskas, Corvallis Gazette Times May 27, 2010


“A Feeling For Family”, Angela Yeager, Terra, OSU Research Publication, Corvallis, OR, Fall 2010 <>


“Oregon Prof Inspires, Inspired in Jerusalem”, Deborah Moon, Jewish Review, July 26, 2010


“A Motherhood of Art”, Bob Hicks, Arts and Entertainment, the Oregonian, Friday, May 7, 2010




“2003 Portland Museum of Art Biennial”, Portland, ME, Exhibition Catalogue, color plate, p 36

“Paintings Celebrate Still Life”, John Glinn, Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald, Friday, April 4, 2003, The Entertainer, p10


“Pillars of Painting”, Harvest Henderson, Arts and Entertainment, Oregonian, Friday June15, 2003


“The Verdict: Exhibit is a Must See”, Pat Davidson Reef, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Friday May 2, 2003,

“See It Do It”, Portland Tribune, Tuesday June 3, 2003


“The Biggest Show”, Maine Sunday Telegram, Bob Keyes, Sunday April 6 2003, p. 1E, 6E-7E


“Re-presenting Representation”, catalogue for exhibition at the Arnot Museum, Elmira, NY, color plate, p. 43, Nov. 2001


“The Art of Illusion”, catalogue for exhibition at the Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA, Sep 2001


“The Copley Effect: Realism 2001”, Wxhibition catalogue, essay by Patricia Failing, p.33,34, color plate p.25


.Exhibition Catalogue for “The Third Annual Realism Invitational”, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA, June, 2001


“Regarding Beauty”, Exhibition Catalogue at the Frye Art  Museum, essay by Elizabeth McGowan “Revealing Objects: Defining Beauty” Sep 2000


“New American Paintings”, Volume 31 Open Studios press, Wellesley, MA, p.98-101


“SW Spotlight”, Anna Fahley, Seattle Weekly, p.82 September 28, 2000


“As Big as Still Life”, Randy Gragg, The Oregonian, Living, p. E1, p. E2, Oct.26, 2000


“Realism 2000: In the Eye of the Beholder” Valerie Gladstone, Exhibition catalogue


“Second Annual Realism Invitational” Jenkins/Johnson Gallery,p28, color plate p16


“ A Call to Art Collectors” Randy Gragg, The Oregonian, Artsweek, p.f8, June 3, 2000


“Artists to Watch”, Bonnie Ganglehoff, Southwest Arts Magazine, p.18 January 2000


“Pioneer Square Living”, Lawrence Kreisman, Seattle Times Magazine, p.2, Mar.15, 98


“Art For Biennial: A Fresh Look.” Randy Gragg, The Oregonian, A&E, July 27,1997


“Oregon Biennial ‘97” Exhibition Catalogue, Essay by Katherine Kanjo p.3, p.19


“Out on a Limb” Randy Gragg The Oregonian, A&E, p.62-63.(Aug.22, 1994)


"Galleries Warm Up for Art Fair," Robin Updike, Seattle Times, p. D18 (Jan.11, 1996)


"The Painted Moment," Lois Martin, Oil Highlights-Still Life, (An American Artist Publication),

New York, NY, p. 98-103, 153, 1995. Reprinted from 1992.


"Still Life Breathes, Moves," Randy Gragg, The Oregonian, A&E p. 32, (Jan. 13, 1995).


"Roman Still Lifes," Lois Martin catalogue essay for exhibition at Augen Gallery.


"First Thursday Enters '95," Terry Ross, The Oregonian, p. 4, (January 4, 1995).


"Three Finds for First Thursday," Bob Hicks, The Oregonian, A&E. p. 21, (December 30, 1994).


"Roman Light." Stratton Green, Reflex - Seattle, WA (March/April, 1994), pp. 14-15.


"Drawing From Life." Brown and McLean, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1991), p. 132.


"Felice Lucero-Giaccardo: A Contemporary Pueblo Painter." Barbara Loeb, Arizona State

University Catalogue 1991 - Tempe, AZ (1991), p. 58.


"On the Wall and Off the Wall, Neighborhood Art." Patrick La Greca, The New Fillmore -

San Francisco (July 8, 199 1), p. 8.


"Chasing the Ball Around a Court." Shelley Jordon, Art &-Artists Publication - New York,

NY (September/October 1986), p.17.


"Eroticism in Five Acts; Art & Personal Mythologies." Mary Abell, Artspeak - New York, NY

(April 1983), pp. 1, 7.

"Impressions/Expressions." Eric Bryden, Artspeak - New York, NY (May 1982), p. 4.



Professor of Art, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (since 1986)

Visiting Professor, AHA, Siena, Italy, Fall 2013

Visiting Professor, NCSA, Macerata, Italy, Fall 2005

Visiting Professor, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, summers 1986-87


Public Collections

Alpenrose Corporation, Portland, OR

Bennett & Company, Newburyport, MA

City of Portland, Visual Chronicle Collection, Portland, OR

City of Portland Portable Works Collection

Department of Licensing, Vancouver, WA, Percent for Art Collection

Edison Elementary School, Tacoma, WA, Percent for Art Collection

Enro Corporation, New York, NY

Franklin Middle School, Yakima, WA Percent For Art Collection

Grayco Corporation, Portland, OR

Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany

Nordstrom's Inc., Seattle, WA

Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland, OR

Portland Art Museum (pending)

Tin House Publishing, Portland, OR

University of Washington Hospital, Seattle, WA

Valley Library, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, Percent for Art Collection

Numerous Private Collections


Invited Lectures and Panels




“Moving Paintings”, Portland, State University



“Still Lifes/ Animated Paintings”, Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland, OR



“Anita’s Journey; Behind the Scenes”, Jewish Cultural Center, Vilnius, Lithuania


Siena Art institute, Siena, Italy (visiting artist)




“Publicly Private”, Oranim College, Haifa, Israel


“A Virtual Memorial; Commemorative Interventions”, NOASS, (in conjunction with the Conference of Holocaust Museums), Riga, Latvia




“Berlin/Jerusalem”, Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland, OR


“Imagining the Unimaginable”, Center for the Humanities, OSU, Corvallis, OR




Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland, OR


Madaaba, the Lab, Jerusalem, Israel


Lunafest Film Festival, Keynote Lecture, Corvallis, OR


Hebrew University, “Identity”, Jerusalem, Israel


“Motherlode’, panel discussion, Art Gym, Marylhurst, OR




“Tacoma Film Festival”, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA


“Eugene International Film Festival”, Regal Theater, Eugene, OR




“Viewpoints”, Slide lecture, Education Center, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe, IL




 “Interior Landscapes”, Slide lecture, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT


“Art Beat”, Slide lecture, Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus and Cascade Campus, PDX, OR




 “Revealing Beauty”, slide lecture, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA




Gallery Lecture in conjunction with “Reflections on Light” exhibition at the “Holter Museum

of Art”, Helena, MT



Slide lecture in conjunction with the “Oregon Biennial”, University of Oregon Museum of

Art, Eugene, Oregon




 Lecture in conjunction with the “Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR




 Slide lecture at the Berg Swan Auditorium, Portland Art Museum for “Speaking About Art”


Slide lecture and panel discussant for “The Roots of the Creative Process”, a panel

organized by the Northwest Writers Association




 Slide lecture at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA concurrent with exhibition of





Women’s Leadership Conference Panel Discussion, “The World of Art According to

Women”, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR




Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, Portland, OR, “Master Artist”, slide lecture




“Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY, gallery talk in conjunction with exhibition of