Stuart Shils

Stuart Shils, Yellow and Greens From My Window, 2012, oil on linen, 20 x 20 inches
Stuart Shils, Yellow and Greens From My Window, 2012, oil on linen, 20 x 20 inches

About

Stuart Shils, native of Philadelphia, has painted outside for 31 years and over the past 21 years has had numerous solo shows in New York, Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, Boston, Scottsdale, Richmond, San Francisco and Cork (Ireland).

Critical review and commentary has appeared in newspapers, journals and magazines, including: The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Sun, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, Art Critical.com, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Irish Times, Art in America, The New Republic, The New Criterion, Art New England, American Artist, The Hudson Review and The Philadelphia Daily News.

Shils has been an annual visiting critic at the Vermont Studio Center for many years, teaches master classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, is also a visiting critic at PAFA, and has lectured widely on painting and drawing. He also conducted the Landscape Marathon at the Jerusalem Studio School in 2004 and 2005, taught painting at the International School in Montecastello, Italy in 2007 and in 2008, taught and painted with the Jerusalem Studio School Summer School in Italy.

Beginning in the mid 1990’s Shils spent 13 summers painting on the coast of County Mayo, Ireland, some of which is described in the film documentary shown nationally on PBS, Ballycastle.

Selected Exhibitions

2012         A Drawing Show of Artists, curated by Bill Scott and Alex Kanevsky, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

2012         Doris Staffel, Painter, Teacher, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2012         Haunting Narratives: Detours from Philadelphia Realism, 1935 to the Present, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2011         Flirting with Abstraction: Modern and Contemporary Art of Philadelphia in the Promised Gift of Karen Segal and Woodmere’s Collection, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2011         Pennsylvania Landscape, Lancaster Art Museum, Lancaster, PA

2011         Response, Remembrance and Reflection, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2007         Alumni Invitational Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2006         American Artist in Rural Ireland, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA

2005         Between Perspectives and Invention: Three Generations of Figurative Artists, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH

2004         American Identities, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

2003         Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2003         EIRE/LAND, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

2002         Imaginative Affinities: Echoes of Dickinson in Contemporary American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2001         Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2001         Passages from Ballinglen, List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

1999         Changing Nature: New Visions and Imagined Lands, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA

1999         Beyond the Millennium: Artists Choose Artists, Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT

1999         Intimate Visions, List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

1999         Through the Heart of the City, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

1997         An Extended View: Landscapes by Philadelphia Artists, Levy Gallery at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

1997         Current Perspectives on the Urban and Industrial Landscape, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

1996         171st Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, NY

1995         Emerging Artists Invitational, The Painting Center, New York, NY

1995         Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

1995         American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

1995         59th National Midyear Annual Exhibition, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

1991         Challenge Exhibition, Samuel S. Fleisher Memorial, Administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Awards, Grants and Fellowships

2009         Peter S. Reed Foundation

2005         Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts

2004         Art in Embassies Program, American Embassy in Dublin, Ireland

2004         Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship

1999          Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship

1996         NEA/Mis-Atlantic Arts Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship

1996         Visual Arts State Fellowship, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1995         Academy Award in Art, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

1995         Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

1995         Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship

1993         E.D. Foundation Grant

Education

1977-82     Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (recipient of Cresson European Traveling Scholarship)

1976-77     Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

1974-76     Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

1974-76     Drew University, Madison, NJ

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