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Shelby Ragsdale is a photographer from Georgetown, Texas who presently resides in Chicago, IL. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She is a recipient of the Endsley Fellowship and a Deans List nominee in her final year at SAIC. Her photographic work has been exhibited both in the Chicago and Central Texas area, most recently at Sullivan Gallery, gallery no one, Roman Susan Gallery, and the Georgetown Art Center. She describes her work as "constructing a counter archive and narrative of the American landscape through the investigation of public and private spaces." She is interested in exploring how, "through the language of photography, these landscapes and mundane, intimate places can turn into something hollow, pulpy, and cheap," leaving the viewer and herself questioning the legitimacy of the image and the futility of the photograph. 


Education

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Illinois

        Bachelor in Fine Arts, emphasis in Photography | May 2018

Selected Exhibitions and Showings

2018: SAIC BFA Presentation | Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

2017: Trying to Move a Sprinkler Without Getting Wet | gallery no one, Chicago, IL

          Chicago Artist Book Fair | Chicago Athletic Association, Chicago, IL  

          Slideshow | Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, IL

          The Pitch Project Artist Book Fair | The Pitch Project, Milwaukee, WI 

2016: Stereotypes: A Photography Exhibit | Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, Texas

           Art Hop | Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, Texas

2015: From Afar / Far Away | RHE Siragusa Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2013: Best in show | Art Hop |  Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, TX

Selected Bibliography

2018, 2017, 2016:  Photography Department Catalog, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2017: Some Days Just Are, collaboration with Tara Wray and Mike Thompson | www.tarawray.net/shelby-ragsdale-mike-thompson 

2014 : The School of the Art Institute of Chicago undergraduate gallery feature (online) 

Awards and Recognition

Endsley Fellowship Recipient | The School of the Art Institute of Chicago | 2018 

Merit Scholarship Recipient | Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency | 2017

Deans List Nominee | The School of the Art Institute of Chicago | 2016

Contemporary Practices Scholarship Nominee | 2015

Honors Scholarship Recipient | The School of the Art Institute of Chicago | 2014-2018