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Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2013 Linking Sarkhej, National Institute of Design and the Sarkhej Roza Monument, Ahmedabad, India
    • Sheila Klein, L&P Hutheesing Visual Art Centre, K.I. Campus, CEPT, Ahmedabad, India
  • 2010 The Return, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2009 Map of Everything, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2004 Solo, The Foundry, Houston, Texas
  • 2002 Cozy, Dirt Gallery, Los Angeles, California
    • Objects between Subjects, Lewis and Clark Gallery, Portland Oregon
    • More questions than answers, Centre d’Etude d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme, Saintes, France
  • 2000 Sown, Esther Claypool Gallery, Seattle, Washington
    • Clearing, Consolidated Works, Seattle, Washington
  • 1991 Sculpture, Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1988 City Bejeweled, MIA Gallery, Seattle, Washington
  • 1983 Cultural Relativity, Rubin/Mardin Gallery, Seattle, Washington
    • America in a Box, Memory and Lands of the 20th Century, Florence, Italy
  • 1981 International Furnishings, Rubin/Mardin Gallery, Seattle, Washington
  • 1980 The Princess and the Pea, Rosco Louie Gallery, Seattle, Washington
  • 1979 Domestic Set Up, Foster White Gallery, Seattle, Washington

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2016 Matched Makers, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner Washington
  • 2015 her land, Good Neighbor Gallery, Seattle, Washington
  • 2014 Physical Conversation, Punch Gallery, Seattle, Washington
    • Islamic Art Revival Series, Lumin Arte Gallery, Dallas Texas
  • 2012 Exceptional: Pacific Northwest, Davidson Gallery, Seattle, Washington
    • Biennial 2012, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington
    • Ladies’ Choice, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Washington
  • 2011 Primary Structures, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, California
  • 2010 Cutting Edge, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, New York
    • Imagining Home, Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Show of Hands, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington
  • 2009 Fashionista’s, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California
    • Odd Fits, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California
  • 2007 Similar Differences, Art League Houston, Houston, Texas
    • Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting, Museum of Art and Design, New York, New York
  • 2005 Exposed, Rudolph Projects and Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 2003 Fashion is Art, curated by Thread for Art: Rhonda Howard and Rebecca Richards, Seattle, Washington
  • 2002 Art of the Americas, Art Basel Miami Amigos, Miami, Florida
  • 2000 Materials, Process, Meaning, Pritchard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
  • 1998 Metalcraft, Western Gallery, Bellingham, Washington
  • 1995 The Language of Form, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
  • 1992 Nine One Special, Union Station, Los Angeles, California
    • Summer Lighting, Dreadnought Seamens Hospital, Greenwich, England
  • 1991 Empty Pedestal Project, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, New York
    • Front and Back/In and Out, Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1990 Recycled Los Angeles, Artists Space, New York City, New York and Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles California
  • 1989 Sculpture Chicago, Equitable Building and Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
    • Rites of Spring, Suzanne Rezak Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
    • Before and After, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Washington
    • Information as Ornament, Feature/Suzanne Rezak Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1986 American Pop Culture, La Foret Museum, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1985 Magical Mystery Tour, Municipal Gallery of Los Angeles, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 The Figure in American Art, Museum of the Southwest, Corpus Christi, Texas
    • Choice & Chance, P.S. 1, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, New York
    • Win, Place, or Show, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Comissions and Public Art

  • 2014 Imaginary Landscape, Tukwila Sounder Station, Sound Transit, Seattle, Washington
  • 2012 Skyon Tryon, North Tryon Streetscape, Arts and Sciences Council, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2011 Bunting Hub, Dundalk Avenue Streetscape, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2010 Civic Lantern, Auburn City Hall Plaza Renovation, Auburn, Washington
    • Souvenir, Bell Street Park, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle, Washington
  • 2009 Sky Within, McClellan Station, Sound Transit Link Light Rail, Seattle, Washington
  • 2008 Shady Liberty, ELDI Pedestrian Bridge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2007 Roosevennavelt, 4Culture, 10-Are Park-and-Ride, Seattle, Washington
  • 2004 Comfort Zon, Harborview Hospital, Pat Steel Building, Seattle, Washington
  • 2002 Mounds, Roosevelt Park Master Plan, City of Bellingham, Bellingham, Washington
    • Leopard Sky, George Bush International Airport, Houston, Texas
  • 2001 Garden Panels, Wiggum Park, Everett, Washington (in collaboration with Ries Niemi)
    • Show and Hide, Mead Building, Portland, Oregon
  • 2000 Underground Girl, Metro Redline Subway Station, Hollywood, California
    • Light Overhead, Pico Boulevard Street Improvements, Santa Monica, California
  • 1997 Castro Valley Welcome, Redwood Road Street Reconstruction, Castro Valley, California
    • Gateways, Standards, Memory Pins, Kent Regional Justice Center, Kent, Washington
  • 1996 City Yard, Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • XX Marks the Spot, Federal Aviation Agency Tower, LAX Airport, Los Angeles, California

Special Projects

  • 2015 Low Corners, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2013 Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm, Tour of City Maintenance Yards, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2009 New Trade Route Clothing Launch, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Edison, Washington
    • Capuchas Para Pensar, Espacio Tramando: 5 Bienal Internacional Arte Textil, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2007 Run’erway, Performance, Samish Flats, Bow Washington
  • 2006 We’re Busy, Performance, Lucia Douglas Gallery loading dock, Bellingham, Washington
  • 2002 Palmear, Temporary installation, Hedges and Edges, West Hollywood, California
  • 1999 River Walk, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1996 Garden Matrix, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
  • 1994 Island of Lights, Hoover Union Community Initiated Project, Los Angeles, California
  • 1992 Urband: Traffic Signal Ring, Union Station, Los Angeles, California
    • Traffic Necklace, Honeymoon Project, Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Vermonica, Urban Candelabra, Los Angeles, California
  • 1989 Commemorative Ground Ring, Sculpture Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1988 Water Palace, Portable Fountain made of bathtubs and sinks, Formica Corporation, New York, New York
  • 1981 Interior, Raison d’Etre, Seattle, Washington

Appointments and Awards

  • 2013 Artist Trust Fellowship Grant, Seattle, Washington
    • McColl Visual Art Center Residency, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2012 Association for Bridge Construction and Design, Outstanding other structure award, Shady Liberty, with SAI Engineer
    • Artist Trust Gap Grant, Seattle, Washington
    • Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, New York, New York
  • 2009 Year in Review, Columnseum, Public Art Network
  • 2008 Grand Prize for Design, Underground Girl, Metal Architecture
  • 2005 Public Art in Review, Comfort Zone, Art in America
  • 2004 Public Art in Review, Leopard Sky, Art in America
  • 2002 Public Art in Review, Show and Hide, Art in America
  • 2001 Lumen West Awards: Award of Merit, Illuminating Engineering Society, Los Angeles Section
    • Best Subway Station, New Times, Los Angeles, Carfree Guide to L.A., March 8-14
    • Los Angeles Business Council Beautification Award, Highland Metro Rail Station, Los Angeles, California
  • 1999 Westside Urban Forum: The Westside Prize, “Pico Boulevard Streetscape Plan,” Santa Monica, California
  • 1993 Ojai Arts Commission member, Ojai, California
  • 1992 City of Los Angeles Meritorious Achievement Award, Vermonica, Los Angeles, California
  • 1989 Barnsdall Art Park Board of Overseers, Los Angeles, California
  • 1986 40 Under 40 Award, Interiors Magazine, September Issue
  • 1962 Carnegie Museum Tam o’Shanter Award, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Public Collections

  • Il Barbaro, Collection of Objects by Artists and Architects, Sienna, Italy
  • Bequest of Anne Gerber, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
  • Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, Illinois
  • Portable Works Collection, State of Washington
  • Portable Works Collection, King County, Washington
  • Portable Works Collection, City of Seattle, Washington
  • Port Angeles Art Center, Port Angeles, Washington
  • Seattle First National Banks, Seattle, Washington
  • Formica Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio

Teaching Experience

  • 2012 Maryland Institute of Art, Charrette and Lecture, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2011-13 National Institute of Design, Open Elective, Ahmedabad, India
  • 2005 San Francisco Art Institute, Spring Intensive, San Francisco, California
  • 1994 University of California at Santa Barbara, Lecturer/Teaching Pool, Santa Barbara, California
  • 1988-91 Otis School at Parson, Environmental Department Co-Chair, Los Angeles, California
  • 1986-88 Art Center College of Design, Environmental/Academic Departments, Pasadena, California
  • 2010 University of Buenos Aires, Lecturer, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2004 Metals Symposium, Keynote Speaker, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
    • San Francisco Art Institute, Visiting Artist Series, San Francisco, California
  • 2003 Americans for the Arts: PAN Conference, Keynote Panel: Defining Success, Portland, Oregon
  • 2000 Emily Carr college of Art, Opening Day Speaker, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1989 Advisory Board, New Art Examiner Magazine
  • 1983-86 Partner, “A2Z,” Design and Architecture Firm
    • Inventions: Lino Rug, 1983 prototypes, 1986 line of Navajoleum rug in mini-production
  • 1984 Pilchuck School, Artist-in-Residence, Stanwood, Washington
    • and/or Grants Program for Artists, Juror, Seattle, Washington
    • Bumgardner Architects, Interior Installation Consultant, Seattle, Washington
  • 1982-84 Olson/Walker Architects, Consultant to Design Team for South Arcade-Interiors, Seattle, Washington
  • 1979-83 Center on Contemporary Art, Board and Founding Member, Seattle, Washington
  • 1976 Self-employed as artist

Publications, Books, and Catalogues

  • 2016 Matched Makers, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner .Washington
  • 2010 Show of Hands, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington
  • 2009 Sheila Klein, Encyclopedia Destructica, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2008 Janet Phelps, Similar Differences, Houston Art League, Houston, Texas
  • 2005 David Bennett, Metro: The Story of the Underground Railway
  • 2002 Susan Martin, Twenty 02: 20 Years of the Santa Monica Arts Commission, City of Santa Monica, California
    • Linda Tesner, Objects Between Subjects: Sheila Klein, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon
    • Monica Schick, Discoveries: Eclectic Art of the Midwest Airlines Center, WI Center Dist, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1999 Sherry Emerson, “Artistic Illumination,” Klipsun, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington
  • 1997 Carole Fuller and Robert Mittenthal, Metalcraft, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington
  • 1996 E. Laura Burnham, The Garden Matrix, Abington Art Center, Jenkinstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1995 Robin Kahn and Kathy Acker, Time Capsule, Creative Time, New York, New York
  • 1993 Brunsman and Askey, Modernism and Beyond: Women Artists of the Pacific Northwest, March Arts Press
  • 1990 Rethinking the Beverly Center, Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, Los Angeles, California
  • 1988 Information as Ornament, Feature Gallery/Suzanne Rezak Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1985 “Crossovers and Collaborations,” Barbara Goldstein, Cover story, Art & Architecture, February
  • 1983 Bruce Gunther, 50 Northwest Artists, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, California
  • 1982 The List, Sixth Edition, New York, New York
  • 1978 Bruce Gunther, Diverse Directions, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

Selected Bibliography

  • 2016 "Who's Defining our Creative Class" jennifer McCullom, Seattle Magazine , July
  • 2015 “Meet L.A.’s Original ‘Urban Light’,” Paul Haddad, Huffington Post, June 8
  • 2014 “A Park Comes to Belltown,” Jean Godden, Reporter’s Notebook, April 14
  • 2013 “Here’s Wishing A long Life to East End Bridge,” Brian O’Neil, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 13
    • “Hip n’ Happening,” Ahmedabad Mirror, March 17, 2016
  • 2012 “The City as Oz,’ Santana Pathak, 19 Culture: Art, Theatre, & Dance, February 11
    • “Architectural Installations, From A Woman’s View,” Santana Pathak, The Times of India, January 20
  • 2011 “Work to Begin on Shadyside Pedestrian Bridge,” Jon Schmitz, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, April 29
    • “Ellsworth-to-Eastside Pedestrian Bridge Project to Get Underway Soon,” D.N. Jones, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, March 6
  • 2010 “Sheila Klein: The Mind Behind the Canoe Sign,” Nora Heston, Castro Valley Patch, December 21
  • 2008 “Dressing Up an Underpass,” Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, September 12
    • “Imagination Becoming Reality,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 2
    • “City of Street Lights,” Jesus Sanchez, Los Angeles Times, February 19
  • 2007 “Famed Artist Comes to UWF,” Emeraldcoast.com, November 9
    • “Visiting Artist Has Student Seeing Spots,” Rebecca Haydu-Jackson, February 15
    • “More Then Just Dyed in the Wood,” David Ng, Los Angeles Times, February 4
  • 2006 “Funky Cold Median,” Elizabeth Herndon, LAist, September 27
    • “Underneath I-5, Art is Blossoming,” Regina Hackett, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 24
  • 2005 “Art Notes,” Catherine D. Anspon, Paper City, January
  • 2004 “Commissions,” Angela Melkisethian, Sculpture Magazine, December
    • “Vintage Street Lights,” Kevin Roderick, LA Observed, April 15
  • 2002-03 “Little Black Book Art List,” Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Black Book, December/January
    • “Sheila Klein at Lewis and Clark College,” Pat Boas, Artweek, December/January
  • 2002 “Art Basel, Snowbird Makes Tracks for Miami,” Linda Lee, The New York Times, December 5
    • “Critical I: Does it Rock?,” Jeff Jahn, The NW Drizzle, November
    • “Dressing The World,” Randy Gragg, The Oregonian, September 20
    • “Dressing The World,” D.K. Row, The Oregonian, September 6
    • “Taking Blandness to the (Speed) Limit,” David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, May 11
    • “A Neighborhood Transformed,” Theresa Goffredo, Snohomish and Island County Herald, April 17
    • “Out of the Woods,” Robert Such, Blueprint, April
  • 2001 “Wish List of Future Object,” Karen Steen, Metropolis Magazine, March
    • “Sheila Klein at Consolidated Works,” Matthew Kangas, Sculpture Magazine, January/February
  • 2000 “How L.A. Missed the Train,” Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, June 25
    • “The Red Line: Architecture As Afterthought,” Nicolai Ouroussoff, Los Angeles Times, June 25
    • “Sheila Klein Takes Camping Out to New Dimensions,” Regina Hackett, Seattle Post Intelligencer, May 23
    • “The Threads of Many Ideas,” Matthew Kangas, Seattle Times, May 12
  • 1999 “So There Are a Lot of Female Public Artists, So What?,” Cath Brunner, Arcade, Fall Volume 18.1
  • 1997 “Serra, Other Artists Enliven Season’s End,” David McCracken, Chicago Tribune, October 11
  • 1996 “A Building of Her Own,” U.S. News and World Report, October 4
    • “The Lamp Post as Art,” Architectural Record, August 8
    • “Giving Los Angeles an Airport to Write Home About,” Patricia Leigh Brown, New York Times, March 21
  • 1993 “25 Points of Light,” Suzanne Munchnic, Los Angeles Times, May 7
    • “Consciousness Raising,” Ralph Rugoff, LA Weekly, May 21
  • 1992 “Nine One Special Makes Stop at Union Station,” Los Angeles Times, September
  • 1991 “Empty Pedestals Project,’ Lois Nesbitt, Artforum, September
  • 1990 “A Tale of a Tub,” Linda Marx, Art News, November
    • “Taming Los Angeles in New York,” Victoria Geibel, Architecture, July
  • 1989 “Young Artists Sweat it Out for Sculpture Chicago ’89,” Ginny Holbert, Chicago Sun-Times, September 1
    • “Humble L.A. Bungalow With a Twist,” Patricia Brown, New York Times, March 30
  • 1987 “Church of Architecture,” Pilar Viladis, Summer
    • “Doublehouse,” Record Houses, Mid-April
  • 1986 “40 Under 40,” Cover story, Interiors Magazine, September
    • “All 4 One,” Pilar Viladis, Progressive Architecture, September
  • 1983 “New Talent,” Stefano Mingaia, Domus, Milan, Italy, October
    • “Chairs of Sheila Klein,” Begi Maggiore, Casa Vogue, Milan, Italy, October
    • Nicolo Cuccia, La Nazione, Florence, Italy September
  • 1982 Regina Hackett, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 14
  • 1980 Ron Glowen, Artweek, Oakland, California, September 20
  • 1979 Matthew Kangas, “Sheila Klein at Rosco Louie,” Artweek, Oakland, California, September 8
    • Andrew Scott, Vanguard, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Winter