New level of realistic art on display

For Immediate Release: Feb. 3, 2016

BLOOMSBURG— Shelby Shadwell creates images so real that it is nearly impossible to believe that they were drawn with a pencil. Shadwell’s works are on display in Bloomsburg University’s Haas Gallery through Thursday, March 10. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

Shadwell is an associate professor in the art department at the University of Wyoming. Born in Springfield, Mo., he earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Washington University School of Fine Art in St. Louis, where he studied printmaking and drawing as a Kenneth E. Hudson Scholar. He accepted a full fellowship to attend Southern Illinois University Carbondale and went on to graduate with a Master in Fine Arts in printmaking and drawing.

Shadwell exhibits across the nation and was the recipient of the first-place prize in the International Drawing Annual 9 from the Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he had a solo show in February 2013.  He participated in two small group exhibitions, “Defining Territory: Contemporary Drawing” at the Parkland Art Gallery in Champaign, Ill., and “Shades: Contemporary Drawing” at the John A. Day Gallery at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. Shadwell received first place for his work in the Texas National 2014 Exhibition at the Cole Art Center in Nacogdoches.

The gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.