Photographer and multi-media artist Shelley Given ’05 is currently an adjunct professor at the Herron School of Art and Design at the Indiana University Purdue University of Indiana (IUPUI). Formerly, she was an assistant professor and head of the photography department at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Along with teaching video art, black-and-white photography, digital photography, and two-dimensional design, Shelley maintains the photo labs, and reviews changes in and courses added to the department curriculum.
When she isn’t teaching, Shelley is working on her own art, which has been shown in galleries across the country, as well as in Japan, South Korea and Malaysia. Recent solo exhibitions include “Video Work”, a suite of videos investigating the intricacies of sexual tension, specifically its attendant feelings of anticipation, frustration and anxiety, as well as the interactive installation “Movin’ On,” which looks at memory, nostalgia and responsibility, and “Accommodations,” an exploration of identity, isolation, representation, context and transience.
In Shelley’s “Video Work” solo exhibition at the Technical Physical Space for New Media at Austin Peay University, she shows the videos’ subjects existing in a state of limbo, working towards or waiting for a culmination of their actions, a release that never comes. She described her exhibition as alluring as well as disconcerting so as to echo the push/pull of the works’ basis.
Shown recently at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Modern Art in Eugene, Oregon, “Movin’ On” relies on viewer interaction. Consisting of a 16mm projector, family movies, a paper shredder and a timer, the installation is activated when viewers start the projector. Once the film has played through the projector, however, it then goes through the shredder, thus destroying the film.
“Accommodations” documents the places that Shelley sleeps other than her own home, including hotel suites, computer labs, studios, and the homes of friends and family. “My lifestyle and that of many of my peers is decentralized; we are constantly moving, traveling, changing jobs, and cycling through intimate relationships,” she notes. “I often wonder how one can know oneself, and be known by others amid these seemingly ever-shifting variables.” Shown recently in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan, this series of images “further explores this line of thought.”
In recent years, Shelley’s work was shown at the Leslie H. and Ethyl Rose Miller Gallery at Otterbein University, as well as the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville, Kentucky; The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, Kentucky; Gallery Project and WORK in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Perspective Gallery in Chicago, Illinois; the Craft Studio Gallery in Columbia, Missouri; the Midwest Center for Photography in Wichita, Kansas; Daegu University in Seoul, Korea; Galerie Huit in Arles, France during Les Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival; and Osaka Nikon Salon, Shinjuku Nikon Salon and Gallery Tosei-sha in Tokyo.
Shelley received her MFA in photography in 2008 from Indiana University in Bloomington. She graduated from Otterbein with bachelor of arts degrees in studio art with a concentration in photography and in English with a concentration in creative writing.