As an artist and educator, Sheila Pepe likes to trespass disciplinary boundaries, and has been working in various sculptural media since 1995. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including venues such as the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN; The Bemis Center for the Arts in Omaha, NE; and Art International with PASAJ, Istanbul, Turkey. Her most recent installation, “My Neighbor’s Garden,” was on public view in New York’s Madison Square Park. She has taught at Bard, Columbia, Pratt, RISD, Stamford, VCU, Williams College, and Yale, and was resident faculty at Skowhegan School in 2013 and at Dartmouth University in 2024.
Sheila's Upcoming Workshops
Students have advanced skills and knowledge of sculpture. Students are highly motivated, have a minimum of five years experience in the field and have multiple portfolios of their artwork. Typical students are academics and professional artists.
Jul 22 - 26, 2024
9AM - 5PM
Master Class: The Engineer and Madam Bricolage are Lovers
In the early 1990s "Bricolage" was heavily referenced as a method of discourse, based on ideas found in the works of French theorists Claude Levi-Straus and Jacque Derrida. Thirty years later the term has become ubiquitous, naming entrepreneurial theory, restaurants, and architecture firms. Lifting small quotes from original texts, Sheila leads a master class in her favorite studio methods of accumulation, construction, and "taking apart and putting- back together," all the while subjecting outcomes to tests of complexity, legibility, and aesthetic resolve. Open to all media from metal to found materials to fabric, this class encourages participants to come with their own set of studio practices and concerns, but to be looking for an opportunity to grow and expand their work. Portfolios will be accepted on a rolling basis. Instructions on how to submit your portfolio are as follows: Submit digital images of your work in one single PDF (as opposed to individual JPG attachments) via email directly to Betsy Alwin, Visiting Director of Ceramics and Expanded Media at email@example.com The single PDF must be less than 10 MB to be considered. Include 5-10 images of your work with image identification that lists the title, media, dimensions and year of each image. While not required, it is helpful to see an artist statement addressing the images you send. Include “Advanced Portfolio Review” in the subject line of your email, as well as the title of the workshop for which you are applying. Please provide a phone number where you can be reached and a link to your website. Submissions that do not follow the requested directions will not be reviewed. If you are accepted, a deposit of $650 will be required within one week of notification of acceptance to hold your place. Housing will be assigned on a space-available basis upon enrollment.