Biography

Shelly Bahl is a visual and media artist based in New York City and Toronto.  She received her B.F.A. (Visual Art and Art History) from York University, Toronto and her M.A. (Studio Art) from New York University.  Her interdisciplinary work in drawing, painting, sculpture/ installation, photography and video, has appeared in a number of solo and group exhibitions in North America and internationally over the past 15 years.

Her recent and upcoming projects include group exhibitions at: Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburg; Modern Fuel Gallery, Kingston; Jersey City Museum, NJ; Jamaica Center For Arts and Learning, NYC: Experimental Art Gallery/ Habitat Centre, Delhi: F.U.E.L. Collection Gallery, Philadelphia; Guild Gallery, NYC; Queens Museum of Art, NYC; and Dazibao, Montreal.  Over the past few years solo exhibitions have also been held at LEE Ka-sing Gallery, Toronto; Gallery 198, London, UK; Richmond Art Gallery, Vancouver; Gallery 44, Toronto; M.Y. Art Prospects, New York City; and Khyber Centre For the Arts, Halifax, NS.  A two-person exhibition curated by Ombretta Agro will be held at the Religare Arts Initiative in Delhi in Fall 2009.

Bahl has participated in short and long-term artist residencies at the Artists Alliance (NYC), The Banff Centre For the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and the Sanskriti Kendra Foundation Centre (Delhi, India).

Her artwork has received significant critical attention, and has most recently been reviewed in the New York Times, Time Out Delhi, NOW Magazine, National Post, Hamilton Spectator, Asian Art News, World Sculpture News, Art India, Vancouver Sun, ART AsiaPacific, New Art Examiner and FUSE Magazine.

Bahl is a founding artist member of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) and ZEN-MIX 2000: Pan-Asian Visual Arts Network in Toronto.  She has also received a number of visual art production grants and fellowships, for independent projects and artistic collaborations.

She has also worked with a number of arts organizations as an educator, curator and arts programmer.  She has taught studio art courses at Alfred University, The Pratt Institute, Vermont College and the Ontario College of Art and Design.  From 2005-08, she was a Lecturer in the Visual and Performing Arts Program at the University of Toronto at Scarborough.