Fall 2016

I was invited by my alma mater, School of Visual Arts, to present three of my animations at the SVA After  School Special: Alumni Film and Animation Festival. It was wonderful to see old friends and to  meet and mingle with recent alumni.

The Portland Art Museum has acquired three artworks for their permanent collection. The artwork includes;  Lemon Sunflowers, a large-scale oil painting,  Morning Coffee, an animated installation and  Anita's Journey, a stop-motion animation that represent an overview of creative output in the last decade.

Night Flight, a new animated film, won a “Jurors Honorable Mention Award” at the  at the  75 Second Amy Johnson Film Festival, Hull, UK.

Spring/Summer 2016

Three of my "Over Time" animated paintings were included in Digital Pop, Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens Greece 

A recent animation, Holding My Breath for Peace,  was included in two exhibitions:

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

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

I recently returned from a wonderful month-long artist residency at the Studios of Key West FL. 

Looking forward to my next residency in July with my frequent (and amazingly talented) musical collaborator Kurt Rohde at Willapa Bay Air, Oysterville, WA. Stay tuned for our next project.

Fall/Winter 2015/16

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

Djerassi: Ford Family Foundation Artist Residency

Spring/Summer 2015

Oregon Jewish Museum, Ordinary Matters. Solo exhibition of  films, animations, paintings, installation and animated paintings. Exhibition essay by contemporary curator Linda Tesner here.

April 22-June 21. Artist Talk June 2, 7:00PM

Sun Valley Center For the Arts, Moving Pictures: Early Animation and Its Influence, curated by Courtney Gilbert. This exhibition includes animated paintngs, selected related drawings and paintings and  a recreation of the (lost) In the Woods installation exhibited at the Whitebox gallery in the fall of 2014, along with artwork by contemporary artists Blakely Dodson, Susan Te Kahurangi King, and Stas Orlovski and original animation cels from collectors Gretchen and Jay Basen.

May 1-July 3, 2015, Artist Talk, July 2, 5:30 PM

Project Space Gallery at Montalvo


Possibilities of Paper features highlights from the LAP’s extensive collection of works on paper by its fellows, as well as new commissions and works on loan. Artworks on view were either produced by artists during their stays at the LAP or influenced by their time in residence.

 April-May 31, 2015

 Fall 2014

(Lost In the Woods) a multidisciplinary, interactive animated installation created by visual artist Shelley Jordon in collaboration with musician/composer Kurt Rohde and OSU roboticists Bill Smart and Benjamin Narin at the Whitebox Gallery, PDX, OR

Review by Marissa Katz in PDXLocal here


Just received Ford Family and Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grants to support my upcoming, mult-channel, interactive animated installation (Lost) In the Woods premeiring at the Whitebox Gallery In PDX October-December 2014, a collaboration with composer/musician Kurt Rohde. OSU Engineering Professor Bill Smart is building a robot for the project. Kurt and I are returning to the Montalvo Artists Residency this summer to complete the project.

 In the spring I created a hand-painted, abstract, black and white animation to accompany musician/composer Dana Reason's new composition "Drones". The animation 'Suono in Bianco e Nero" was presented at the Agosto Interdisciplinary Festival in Prague, Budapest this summer and as part of the "Spacial Shifting Concert' at the Art Center, Corvallis, OR, in the spring.

Screenings of Anita's Journey in 2014  were included in: “I Colori Della Memoria”, Box Gallery, Milan Italy,

Muzaplus, Jaffa, Israel, and the  German Cultural Center, Timisoara, Romania 

Winter/Fall 2013/2014

Spent the fall living and teaching in bella Italia, Siena, Italy. While there I created a new series of little things paintings I call "Picole Cose".  Got to spend five days in Venice to view the Venice Biennale while there, fantastico!

Winter 2013 Exhibitions and Screenings:

"A Virtual Memorial Vilnius", Regional Museum of Kedainiai, Lithiania

 “Zagreb Jewish Film” Festival, Zagreb, Croatia

  “Maine Jewish Film Festival”, Portland, ME

"LBCC Invitational",  North Santiam Galleries, Linn Benton Community College, Albany, OR

Fall 2012 exhibitions and screenings:

 Dystorpia, Outpost Artist Resource, Queens, NY (catalogue). Curated by Fluid Media 

Freedom From Memory, Meta House, Phnom Phenh, Cambodia

  Festival de Cine Judio, Carracas, Venezuela

  Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Kinoteca, Warsaw, Poland

  UK Jewish Film Festival, London, England

Lois Dodd and Her Students, (curated by Lois Dodd,) Firehouse Center, Damariscotta, ME (catalogue) 

Spring/Summer 2012

A Virtual Memorial: Commemorative Interventions, Riga, Latvia, June 2012. Exhibition and screening of the  Shoah Film Collection at NOASS Floating Art Center. See links page for photos.

Publicly Private: Two-person exhibition with British artist Sarah Lightman. New Media Gallery, Oranim College, June 2012. See installation page for photos.

Perceptual Interiorities: A live animated interactive performance with musicians Dana Reason and Kevin Patton, 3/3/2012. Corvallis Art Center, 7:00PM. See links for  video and feature article aboiut event. 

Terremoto has been selected for the short film competition at the L'Aquila Film Festival, which will be held between 23 and 26 November 2011. The projection  is scheduled for Friday 26, within a special event called "Tomorrow" about L'Aquila's earthquake and Japan's tsunami, in cooperation with Sendai Film Festival "Shortpiece!!!"

Anita's Journey will be screened at The Wexner Center For the Art's exhibition space for video, the Block Gallery during the month of November 2011. For details see webpage:


Anita's Journey will also be screened at the Vancouver Jewish Arts Film Festival, Vancouver BC, Monday, November 14, 2011

Family History will be screened in September 2011 as an official selection in the CologneOff Vll , Art and the City, International Video Art Festival, at  the Sunflower Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon, Budapest International Short Film Festival, Budapest,  Hungary, Waterpieces Contemporary and Video Art Festival Riga/Latvia.

 Terremoto will be screened at the Sidney Down Under Film Festival in Sydney Australia in September, 2011.

Anita's Journey will be screened on OPB in August 2011 as part of the Oregon Lens series focusing on Oregon filmmakers. 

Morning Coffee will be exhibited at the Athens Film and Video Festival in Athens, Greece this summer.

Terremotto and Family History will be included in the "Currents 2011" New Media Exhibition at the Museo Cultural, Santa Fe New Mexico in June  2011.

Both films were also screened at the "Skepto International Film Festival”, Sardinia, Italy, Milan, Bologna, Rimini, Ravenna, Florence, Perugia, Naples, Italy and Madrid, Spain,in May 2011

Family History is included in the "Animacall Project" at the Contemporary Art Center in Thessaloniki, Greece, summer 2011.

There will be a special screening of Anita's Journey in conjunction with the Portland Chamber Orchestra's production of the Ann Frank opera, From Darkness to Light, April 9-11.


Shelley will be giving a visual presentation, Berlin/Jerusalem, at the Oregon jewish Museum on Thursday, March 31. She will preview and discuss  films Shifting Borders and Anita's Journey, and her recent trips to both cities.

"Terremoto", won the "Best Art and Animation Award" at the Radar/Hamburg Film Festival in Hamburg, Germany, where it was screened in November 2010.

In December 2010 Shelley will be doing a residency at the Wexner Center for the Arts where she will work on her newest animation"Anita's Journey".

 Just back from a month long stay in Jerusalem as the Visual Arts Fellow the pilot program for the American Academy in Jerusalem.

Jewish Cultural Fellowship Pilot - a set on Flickr

 Shelley Jordon will be traveling to Berlin, Germany to begin research for a new project tentatively called ”Anita’s Journey”. The hand painted animation will explore her mother-in-law, Anita Greenstein’s experience in hiding in Berlin during WWII based on a memoir written by Anita’s father, Robert Graetz’s  memoir about the experience. The trip will be partially funded by an OSU library Research Award and an Oregon Arts Comission Individual Fellowship Award. From Berlin she will travel to Israel where she has been selected to be a Visual Arts Fellow at the pilot program for the Jerusalem Cultural Fellowship. She also received an OSU Center for the Humanities Fellowship Award to work on the project fall term.


Morning Coffee installation, and the Mother/Daughter drawings and interviews will be included in an exhibition entitled "Motherlode" at the Art Gym at Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon.

Opening is this Sunday April 18, 3:00-5:00PM. Exhibition continues through May 22, 2010.

For more info see website.



Shelley Jordon has been awarded a 2010 Oregon Arts Commission Artist Individual Fellowship Award.

Work from the "Acoustic Neuroma" series will be included in, "Interiors", an invitational group exhibition at the Froelick Gallery, January-February 20120.

Family History will be exhibited at the Oregon Jewish Museum December 20- April 28. http://www.ojm.org/opening.htm

Family History recieved  a "Judges Award" from LA times film critic Ken Turan at the 36th Northwest Film and Video Festival, Portland, OR.


 Family History was  screened this fall at:

   Sydney Underground Film Festival, Marrickville, Australia, September 2009

Tacoma Film Festival, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, October 2009

  Radar Hamburg Film Festival,  Hamburg, Germany, November, 2009 

 Eugene International Film Festival, Eugene, OR

36th Annual Northwest Film and Video Festival, Portland OR

You can see the animations and installations on the animation page of this website.

 Stay tuned for more news!