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

2015 Ford Family Artist Residency at Djerassi, Woodside, CA

2014        Ford Family Career Opportunity Grant

                Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant

Lucas Artists Residency Program at the Montalvo Arts Center,  Saratoga, CA (collaboration with  composer Kurt Rohde) 

2012 Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant

                  Ford Family Career Opportunity Grant

2010      American Academy in Jerusalem, Visual Artist Fellow, (pilot program)

     Wexner Center For the Arts; Film and Video Residency, Columbus Ohio

                  Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship Award

                  Center For the Humanities Fellowship Award, Oregon State University

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

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

2009      “Silver Coyote, Critic’s Choice Award”, Gold Coyote l Super Short Film and Video Competition,      Marylhurst, OR

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

                  OSU Library Research Travel Grant Award to Berlin

                  LL Stewart Faculty Development Award, Oregon State University

    American Academy in Rome, artist residency,  Rome, Italy (also 1995)

2007      Painting’s Edge, Idyllwild, CA,

2004      CLA Research Grant, Oregon State University


Selected One-person Exhibition

2015 "Ordinary Matters", Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland, OR

2014        “Lost in the Woods” (in collaboration with composer Kurt Rohde), Whitebox Gallery, Portland, OR

2012   “A Public Private View”, (two-person), Art Institute, Oranim Academic College, Israel

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

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

2011      “Materfamilias”, Fairbanks, Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 

2010      “Flying/Falling”, Dwek Gallery, Mishenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem, Israel

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

2004      “Clouds and Other Recent Paintings, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA,

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

2003      “Skies and Still Lifes”, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

2000      “Revealing Beauty “, Frye Museum of Art, Seattle, WA

1999      ”Reflections on Light”, Holter Museum of Art, Helena Montana

1996      "Interior Views," Linda Hodges Gallery - Seattle, WA

1995      "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

1994      "Reflections on Italian Light," Grover/Thurston Gallery - Seattle, WA

1993      Buckley Center Gallery - University of Portland, Portland, OR

Grover/Thurston Gallery - Seattle, WA

1992      Mary Hill Museum - Goldendale, WA


Selected Group Exhibitions  

2015 "Moving Pictures: Early Animation and Its Influence", Sun Valley Art Center, Ketchum, ID

"Possibilities of Paper: Select Works by Lucas Artist fellows (2005-2015)", Project Space Gallery,

Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA

"Mnemon", Pallazzo Pubblico, Magazzini Del Sale, Siena, Italy


2014        "Agosto Interdisciplinary Festival ”(collaboration with composer/musician Dana Reason), Prague, Budapest

                  “Spatial Shifting”, 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


2013        “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

2012        “Freedom From Memory”, Meta House, Phnom Phenh, Cambodia

                  “DysTorpia”, Outpost Artist Recource, 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)

2011      “CologneOff Vll , Art and the City”, 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

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

“Animacall Project”, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, Greece

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

“Vancouver Jewish Film Festival”, Vancouver, BC

“Sydney Underground Film Festival”, Marrickville, Australia

“Skepto International Film Festival”, Sardinia, Italy, Milan, Bologna, Rimini,     Ravenna, Florence, Perugia, Naples and Madrid, Spain

2010      “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

                  “LunaFest”, Corvallis, OR

                  “Oregon Lens”, Oregon Public Broadcasting

2009      “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

 2007      “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

 2003      “Portland Museum of Art Biennial”, Portland, Maine

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

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

2002        “Fourth Annual Realism Invitational”, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2001        “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

2000        “Second Annual Realism Invitational”, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999        “American Still Life”, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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

1997        “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

1996        "Selections", Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY

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

Visual Chronicle of Portland Exhibition, Northview Gallery, PCC, Portland, OR

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

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

1995        "Northwest Biennial Exhibition: The Land," Tacoma Art Museum - Tacoma, WA

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

"Ana," Holter Art Museum - Helena, MT

1994        "Cheekwood National", Cheekwood Museum - Nashville, TN

"Summer Signs," Augen Gallery - Portland, OR

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


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

Oregon Jewish Museum

Nordstrom's Inc., Seattle, WA

Stoel Rives, portland, OR

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