Shelley Haven

category: Visual,

Contact & Info

  • shelley@shelleyhaven.com

Artist Statement

Shelley Haven can be found most days in her Yonkers studio in Yoho, surrounded by an abundant collection of nature objects and lush plants, painting favorite moments in nature. Created with layer on layer of color and mark, Shelley’s artworks chronicle a journey of discovery and memory that explores nature’s hues and shapes, its patterns and rhythms, transparencies and reflections – all transformed by light and time, in one moment, barely discernible, in another, explosive.

Warm weather lures her to paint outdoors at favorite local gardens or parks - Untermyer, Wave Hill, New York Botanical and Heather Gardens – as well as fantastic sites discovered on hiking adventures. As she works amidst nature’s cacophony, light and temperature shift, petals and leaves dance, birds and insects sing, waters flow and occasionally boulders shift. The hours and days reveal secret transformations special to each place.

Shelley was the Summer 2017 teaching-artist-in-resident at the Hudson River Museum. And she has previously taught at Wave Hill. In our community, her artwork has recently been exhibited at the Riverfront Gallery, Blue Door Art Center, PC4 Gallery of Purchase College in Yonkers; and at Iona College Chapman Gallery and Media Loft Gallery in New Rochelle.

Ms. Haven’s works are included at the Library of Congress, Museum of Modern Art, New York Public Special Collections, Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum as well as university, corporate and private collections. Her artworks have been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad. And she has received arts grants and artist residency fellowships locally, nationally and internationally. Shelley currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts and independently.

Shelley Haven, a native New Yorker, engages with her local and global community as an artist, educator, hiker and nature enthusiast.


Educational Background

The University of Iowa, MFA 1978, MA 1976
Studied with Mauricio Lasansky, Ben Moss, Ron Graff, Howard Rogovin, John Dilg.

Binghamton University, BA 1973
Studied with Linda Sokolowski, Don DeMauro, Charles Eldred, Angelo Ippolito, Aubrey Schwartz.

Printmaking Workshops at School of Visual Arts, Manhattan Graphics Center, Pratt Manhattan.