Undergraduate Fine Arts and Design

Shelley Spector

Shelley Spector


Shelley Spector is a multidisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia. In her practice she responds to available resources, often discarded, in combination with a changeable work environment, to produce distinct bodies of work that search for social interconnections and economy of resources. 

Spector’s work is part of many public and private collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which presented her solo exhibition “Keep The Home Fires Burning” in 2015, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Woodmere Art Museum, and the West Collection in PA, and Human Rights Campaign Headquarters in Washington, DC. Her ongoing collaborative project, Village, which began at the Philadelphia Museum of Art has traveled to alternative art spaces in Brooklyn, Costa Rica, San Francisco. Chicago and Montréal. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum and Art In America.  She has received grants from the Pollock-Kranser Foundation, Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Leeway Foundation.

  • 5 South - Bottle Soap Unit, 48”x34”x56”, Mixed media and reclaimed materials

  • Bottle Soap, Variable sizes, Reclaimed glass, cork, plastic and metal with paint. Reclaimed cooking oil with Coconut oil, potassium hydroxide, boric acid and essential oil.

  • First Heave, 80”x120”x12”, Reclaimed garments, wood shelf and pins

  • White Rice Builds – 1,925 Servings, 72“x96”x3”, Reclaimed textiles and white rice