Ward Shelley


Ward Shelley, Secretary, works as an artist in and around Brooklyn, New York. His work addresses the constructed nature of experience. Often working with collaborative partners, he specializes in large projects that  freely mix architecture and performance, and makes elaborate diagrams about information and culture. Ward earned his Masters degree from NYU and has been working and showing in New York since 1992. Shelley has exhibited in more than 10 countries and his work is in a number of museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Art Museum,  the Whitney, and The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Ward received a painting and Sculpture award from the Joan Mitchell foundation, and has been a fellow of the American Academy in Rome since 2006. Before and during his art career he worked in advertising, construction, teaching, special events, theater, rock bands, and built a 37-foot sailing sloop. Ward joined Smack Mellon’s board of directors in February 2014.