Carleen Sheehan



My work incorporates a range of media, including drawing, photography, and painting in both discrete and hybrid forms. It's primary focus is on the experience of contemporary space, with its accelerated temporal shifts and collaged eccentricities. Weather, as atmosphere, form, and effect, weaves through the images, while imposed structures support and organize space.


I work to create open-ended narratives of distilled chaos and spectacular abundance, alluding to and underscoring the heightened impact of climate shifts on both the built and natural world. The space depicted is compressed yet floating, revealing itself by unfolding and unraveling, creating connections and generating content. The work relies on the inter-connectedness of visual forms and processes across categories and disciplines, and on the descriptive qualities inherent to different levels of information.



LABspace Gallery, Hillsdale, NY, NatureLab, curated by Eric Wolf
LABspace Gallery, Hillsdale, NY, True North, curated by Julie Torres 

Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY, video installation and performance for 
Sublimation: An Iceberg's Story by Itty Neuhas   

2017   Thompson/Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY, En Masse: Invisible Mountains

September Gallery, Hudson, NY, Post-Election

Thompson/Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY, Nightvision Series

2016  Thompson/Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY  En Masse II: Mica Series

Ildiko Butler Gallery, Fordham University Lincoln Center, , Goldstein, McLaren, Sheehan  

Jill Newhouse Gallery, New York, NY,  Art on Paper, Pier 36, NYC, Mica Series

2015  Jill Newhouse Gallery, New York, NY, The Miami Project, Miami, FL, Mica Series

Ildiko Butler Gallery, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, NY,
Faculty Spotlight: Goldstein, Ross, Sheehan

Thompson/Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY, En Masse II

Jill Newhouse Gallery, New York, NY Art on Paper, Pier 36, NYC, Mica Series
2014  Thompson/Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY, En Masse
Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Redacted: 20th Anniversary Show
Thompon/Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY, Friend of a Friend: Sheehan, Rabinowitz

Pratt Institute, Steuben Gallery, MFA Alumni Exhibition, curated by Honey Ramka Gallery  
Thompson/Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY, Summer Selections: Migration Series 
Brooklyn Museum/GO Brooklyn Open Studio Event 
The Center Gallery, Fordham University, Faculty Spotlight: Goldstein, Ruble, Sheehan
Greene County Cultural Council and the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Whale Oil to Whole Foods, curated by Christy Rupp and Fawn Potash, Catskill, NY

Thompson/Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY, Re-structuring Signs and Symbols  
BRIK Gallery, Catskill, NY, Cowgirs of the Hudson Valley
BCB Gallery, NADA Art Fair Hudson, NY
2011  BCB Gallery, Hudson, NY, Project Room: Sampler Series
Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Featured Artist
BRIK Gallery, Catskill, NY, … Artists of the Hudson Valley
2010 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, The Exceptions and the Exceptionals: 
The Schafler Gallery at 25, curated by Eleanor Moretta, installation and video
Kathleen Cullen Gallery, New York, NY, Carleen Sheehan: Scrambles Series
2009 Deutsche Bank, New York, NY, Making It, curated by Liz Christensen
Fredric Petzel Gallery, New York, NY, NYFA Benefit: Artseen
The Center Gallery, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York, NY, Visual Arts Faculty
2007 Kent State University, Kent, OH, 2007 Drawing on Edge
Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY, Contemporary Drawing
National Arts Club, New York, NY, Interchange:Belfast-NewYork
2006 Komaneka Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, Continuous Painting for the Village of Ubud
Purnati Center for the Arts, Bali, Indonesia, Carleen Sheehan Vista Series: Studies for Collaboration
2005 Maynard ArtSpace, Boston, MA, Painting Now
2004 The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, Pierogi Gallery Artists 
Illinois State University, University Galleries, Normal, IL, 200 Drawings, 
curated by Annie Herron and Barry Blinderman(excat)
University Art Museum, University at Albany, Albany, NY, Pierogi: The Flatfiles
2003 Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont, Carleen Sheehan Sampler Series
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, Carlsbad, NM, New Work: New York, New Mexico,
curated by Annie Herron(excat)
Metaphor Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY, Paper 2003
University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME, Pierogi Flatfiles
Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY, Art at Steepletop
2002 Fishtank Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Nathaniel Lieb, Carleen Sheehan, Mary Temple
curated by Susan Hamburger 
Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, New York, New Work, Now
2001 Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO, Pierogi Gallery Artists
Millay Colony for the Arts, Steepletop, NY, Art at Steepletop
2000 Karen McCready Fine Art, New York, NY, Carleen Sheehan: New Drawings/Project Room
Karen McCready Fine Art, NY, Six Abstract Painters 
Karen McCready Fine Art, NY, at the Chicago Exposition
Pierogi 2000 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Superduper New York
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, Multiple Sensations
POST Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Haulin’ Ass
1999 Karen McCready Fine Art and Jan Abrams Fine Art, NewYork, NY, 
Christina Craigo, Carleen Sheehan & JanTyniec 
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA, Colleagues 
Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Pierogi Gallery Artists
Smith College, Northampton, MA, Five-College Drawing Faculty 
Karen McCready Fine Art, New York, NY, Parallel Lines: Mix and Match
Kyoto-Seika University, International House, Kyoto, Japan, Ukiyo-e Works 
Karen McCready Fine Art, NY, at the Chicago Exposition
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, Art-for-Park Benefit
1998 Karen McCready Fine Art, New York, NY, Carleen Sheehan: Calypso Series
Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria, New York Art on Paper
Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Six New York Artists
Bard College, Rhinebeck, NY, Pierogi Goes to College 
Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY, Works on Paper from the Pierogi Gallery
Karen McCready Fine Art, NY, at the New York Print Fair, New York, NY
Karen McCready Fine Art, NY, at the Chicago Art Exposition
Trans Hudson Gallery, New York, NY, Tight:SphinctericArhatship
450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY, LINK, curated by Susan Hamburger
1997 The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, Current Undercurrent
Karen McCready Fine Art & the NY Downtown Arts Festival, First Look Project
Karen McCready Fine Art, NY, New York Print Fair, New York, NY
The Art Exchange Show, Annie Herron Productions, 60 Broad St., New York, NY
Visual Arts Museum, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, Possessions II, 

curated by Milton Glaser
The Gasworks, London, England, New York Drawers 
The Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester, England, New York Drawers
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Art on Paper
1996 Karen McCready Fine Art, New York, NY, Carleen Sheehan: Survey: 1992-96
Holy Ghost Church, Brooklyn, NY Holy Ghost Salon, curated by Annie Herron 
Karen McCready Fine Art, NY, Art Chicago & New York Print Fair, New York, NY
Rupert Goldsworthy Gallery, Berlin, Germany, Works on Paper by Ten NY Artists
Karen McCready Fine Art, New York, NY, Carleen Sheehan: Cobå Series
1995 Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Collector's Circle Viewing
Eighth Floor Gallery, New York, NY, Quelques Fleurs, curated by Annie Herron 
Ronald Feldman Fine Art, New York, NY, Other Rooms
1994 Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, Recent Acquistions 
92nd Street Y, New York, NY, School of the Arts Faculty Exhibition
1993 Jill Newhouse Drawings, New York, NY, Judith Cotton, Sue Johnson, Carleen Sheehan
The Asia Society, New York, NY, A Life in Six Episodes
Hunter College, Leubsdorf Gallery, NY, Faculty Selections'93
1992 Herron Test Site Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Salon of the Mating Spiders
The Tie Factory, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New Icons for the 20th Century:

David Kramer, Dexter Buell, Carleen Sheehan, curated by Will Eno 
Artist's Space, New York, NY, Neurotic Art Show, curated by Four Walls, Brooklyn
1990 Gowanus Arts Exchange, Brooklyn, Carleen Sheehan: Baubles
New Waterfront Museum, Fulton Landing, Brooklyn, NY, Archetype
1989 Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NY & Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, The Exceptions

and the Exceptionals, curated by Corinne Roberts
1985 Universidad de Santander, Santander, Spain, Pinturas de las Cuevas de El Castillo


2018    Co-curator with Joanna Isaacs, 
Feedback Loop: Janet Biggs, Rüri, Subankhar Banerjee, Carleen Sheehan, The Ildiko Butler Gallery, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, NY
2018    Curator, Smeerenberg Glacier, CalvingA short film by Adam Laity, a poem by Nick Drake,  The Ildiko Butler Gallery, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, NY
2017    Curator, Prismatic Shifts: Lee Boroson & Diana Cooper, The Ildiko Butler Gallery, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, NY
2015    AdvisorWhat this Journey Breeds: a collaborative exhibition project with FordhamUniversity, RIF(Refugee Immigrant Fund) and The Urban Farm Recovery Project at the Brooklyn Grange

2012    CuratorRockslide Sky, The Center Gallery and The Lipani Gallery, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, NY
2009     Curator, Radiant: Susan Rabinowitz, Shari Mendelson, Julia Kunin, The Center Gallery, Fordham University at Lincoln Center , NY
2006     Curator, Collaborative Mural Project, Continuous Painting for the Village of Ubud, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
2003     Curator, Karl Jensen: Pulpit, installation in the Abbey Chapel, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA



2016  The Arctic Circle Summer 2017 Expedition, Artist’s Residency

2012  Mellon Challenge Grant for exhibition and collaborative projects for Rockslide Sky

          The Center Gallery and The Lipani Gallery, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, NY

2009  Mellon Challenge Grant for exhibition, Radiant, The Center Gallery, Fordham   University at Lincoln Center

2007  New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship 
2006  Bali Purnati Center for the Arts, Bali, Indonesia
2004  Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist’s Fellowship
2002  Mt Holyoke College Faculty Travel Grant, Bhuddist Murals in Bhutan 
2001  Mt Holyoke College Faculty Travel Grant, Mural Painting in Northern Italy
2000  Mt Holyoke College Faculty Travel Grant, Mosaic Patterning: Morocco/Spain 
1999  Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY, Visual Artist’s Grant 
          Mount Holyoke College Faculty Travel Grant, Kyoto-Seika Univ., Kyoto, Japan 
1996  The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH 
1995  The Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY 
           Virginia Center for the Arts, Sweet Briar, VA 
1994  Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY  
          The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
1987-9 Pratt Institute Graduate Painting Fellowship, Brooklyn, NY



M.F.A. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York (1989)
B.F.A. Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA (1984)