Bio & Resume

Caitlyn Shea

15542_539513778023_12204426_32231893_3961806_nCaitlyn Shea studied painting at Pratt Institute and Skidmore College before graduating in 2011 from Adelphi University with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. Upon graduating, she received a Senior Thesis Merit Award and an A. Conger Goodyear Award for Outstanding Achievement. Her paintings explore both figurative and abstract representations of humans and animals by experimenting with the tactile relationship of acrylic paint, charcoal, and spray paint. While her palette explores upbeat color interactions, the loosely drawn, often chaotic figures leave a lasting impression of the sublime. Drawing upon influences such as Francis Bacon and Willem de Kooning, Shea brings a fresh, feminine perspective to a typically masculine approach to painting.
Shea has been creating public artworks in order to revitalize and celebrate communities through creative placemaking. In 2014 she organized, fundraised for, and created a 1300 square foot mural depicting hummingbirds in downtown Riverhead NY. Shea looks forward to taking an active role as an artist in other communities in the future.




2011 Bachelors in Fine Arts (Painting), Art History Minor, Adelphi University
Summa Cum Laude; Overall GPA:3.89
2008 Skidmore College
2005 Pratt Institute

Study Abroad:
Adelphi in Florence, Summer 2010
Studied Art and Philosophy of the Italian Renaissance

2015 Nassau County Comptroller’s Award for Community Artistic Recognition
2011 Senior Thesis Merit Award
2011 A. Conger Goodyear Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement

Solo Exhibit:
2014 Embodiments, Alfred van Loen Gallery, Huntington, NY

Group Exhibitions:
2016 MuralFest 2016, 40 West Arts, Denver, CO
2016 Animal Forms, World Trade Gallery, NYC
2016 Arts on Terry, Patchogue Arts Council, Patchogue NY
2016 Lazara, Islip Museum, Islip, NY
2016 Small Plates, The Balcony Gallery, Knoxville, TN
2016 New Voices, Patchogue Art Council, Patchogue NY
2016 The Big Draw, Beacon Gallery, Beacon, NY
2016 I like Andy, Ripe Gallery, Huntington, NY
2015 PAC MAC Festival Outdoor Public Art Installation, Patchogue, NY
2015 Art Bytes, presented by SPARKBOOM, Launch Pad, Huntington, NY
2015 Peace, Love, & Rock & Roll, Ripe Gallery, Huntington, NY
2014 JINGLE BOOM, presented by SPARKBOOM, Huntington Arts Council, Huntington, NY
2014 Edgar Allen Poe Festival, Riverhead, NY
2014 PAC MAC Outdoor Public Art Installation & Pop M’Art Gallery, Patchogue, NY
2014 Artspace Unplugged, Artspace Patchogue, Patchogue, NY
2014 JumpstART Mural Presentation, Riverhead, NY 
2013 BOOM in the BARN, SPARKBOOM, Huntington NY
2013 Spooky Group Exhibition, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Silverpoint Studios Group Show, Silverpoint Studios, Huntington, NY
2013 Single Fare, RH Gallery, Manhattan, NY
2012 Vacancies, Briarcliffe College, Bethpage, NY
2012 Townhouse Artists, Townhouse Art Gallery, Brooklyn
2012 Emerge Long Island Juried Show, South Street Gallery, Greenport, NY
2012 Cold Fusion, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
2012 Alumni Exhibit, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
2012 The Sketchbook Project, (Traveling) Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Midnight Oils, Mills Pond House, Smithtown, NY
2011 Adelphi University Senior Thesis Show, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
2010 Adelphi University Juried Biennial, Adelphi University,Garden City, NY
2009 Larger Than Life, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
2008 Artworx Gallery, Artworx Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
2007 En Plein Air, Saratoga Arts Council, Saratoga Springs, NY

Public Art Installations:
2016 MuralFest 2016, 40 West Arts, Denver, CO — Recieved stipend to paint large 150 square foot mural to be installed permanantly  in Lakewood 40 West Arts Distrct
2016 Arts on Terry — recieved stipend to create large praying mantis welded sculpture on view temporarily in the Patchogue Garden Club Garden
2014 JINGLE BOOM Holiday Window — recieved stipend to design and install holiday window display for SPARKBOOM art event, Huntington Arts Council, Huntington NY
2014 Edgar Allen Poe Festival, Riverhead NY — Planned and curated group show in vacant storefronts
2014 PAC MAC Festival, Patchogue Arts Council, Patchogue NY —- Awarded $750 stipend to design and create new outdoor installation
2014 Haiku Huntington by SPARKBOOM, Huntington, NY — $150 stipend for writing an original haiku & accompanying graphic to be reproduced on aluminum signs and posted on downtown lamp posts.
2014 JumpstART, Riverhead, NY —Planned, raised funds, and executed permanent 1500 square foot beautification mural
2013 Townhouse Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY — Murals throughout interior and exterior of gallery

2015 Newsday, For the Young of Art, April 17th 2015, Melville, NY
2014 Like a Tom Waits Song Catalogue ARC Gallery, San Francisco
2013 Macabre Magazine Issues 1 & 2
2012 Cold Fusion Exhibition Catalogue, Salisbury, Maryland
2012 Riverlit Magazine, Issue 6, Spokane, Washington

Public Art Slide Lecture:
2012 Slide Slam, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY


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