Leslie Shiels


Leslie Shiels


Right Runner
Hand Pulled Serigraph
20 x 30 inches

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Leslie Shiels
(American, 1950- )

Leslie Shiels grew up in Cincinnati and has been painting for most of her life. She received her training from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning. She earned a BFA from the University in 1974. She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Her work has become a part of numerous corporate and private collections, most of which are located in Cincinnati. Art critics have described her paintings as lush, powerful, and skillful works of art. She has used her painting as a vehicle to solve problems as they relate to life experiences. She has traveled and painted in many locations, some of her favorite spots being France, Colorado, and Connecticut. The artist currently works out of her studio in in the West End.

Univ. of Cincinnati, BFA, 1974

2014 “Dizygotic”, Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN
2013 Hilton Head Biennial, Hilton Head, S.C.
2012 Ohio Annual, Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, Ohio
2012 Morehead State Univ.,‘Family Portrait’ Claypool Young Gallery, Morehead,KY
2012 Birds in Art 2012, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau,Wisconsin
2012 Customs House Museum, National Juried Exh. , Clarksville, Tennesse
2012 Butler Institute of American Art  76th Mid-Year Exh, Youngstown,Ohio
2011 Zanesville Museum of Art, Ohio Annual, Zanesville,Ohio
2011 “Fresh Ohio”, Bowling Green State University, Ohio
2011 Butler Institute of American Art, Mid-Year Exh. Youngstown, Ohio

2011 Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery, "Portraits in Ohio", Columbus, Ohio
2010 Ft Wayne Museum of Art: Contemporary Realism, Ft.Wayne, Indiana ^
2010 Zanesville Museum Biennial, Zanesville Ohio
2010 “Birds in Art” , Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin^
2010 Texas National. Austin State Univ., Nacogdoches, Texas 
2009  Art from the Heartland, Indianapolis Art Center Biennial, Indiana
2009 Leslie Shiels: BirdHeads, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Covington Kentucky*
2009 “Birds in Art”, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin*
2009 Chautauqua National Exh., VACI of the Chautauqua Institute, New York
2009 46th Annual Exhibition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, Louisiana **
2009 Halpert Biennial, Appalachian State Univ. Turchin Arts Center, Boone, N.C.
2008 September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana*
2008 VACI National Exhibition, Strohl Arts Center, Chautauqua Institution, New York
2008 Butler Institute of American Art, Mid-Year Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio*
2008 Harrisburg Art Assoc. International Juried Exh., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
2008 Los Angeles Fine Arts Show, Los Angeles California*
2007 “Intercessions” Cincinnati Art Galleries, Cincinnati, Ohio
2007 Exhibition 280 Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia* 
2007 “A” is for Art, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, Ohio**
2006 Images 2006 Robeson Gallery, Penn. State University, College Park, Pennsylvania*
2006 “Leslie Shiels” Harcum Gallery, Boyd  Arts Center, Wilmington College, Ohio
2005/06 “Leslie Shiels-Cultural Connections” Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio*
2005 “Shiels-Paintings of Bermuda”, Masterworks Museum, Hamilton, Bermuda*
2005 “DaVinci Reinterpreted” Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, Ohio*
2005 “Leslie Shiels”, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, Ohio
2004 OH+5 , The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio
2004 “Shiels: Guardians”, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
2003 ‘Shiels: Recent Paintings” Cincinnati Art Galleries, Cincinnati, Ohio
2002 28th Juried Exhibition, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania*
2002 29th Juried Annual, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, Louisiana**
2002 “Guardians Against Ignorance” Aronoff Center Weston Art Gallery, Cinti, Ohio
2001 65th Mid-Year Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio**
2000 “Show of Chance” Cincinnati Art Galleries, Cincinnati, Ohio
1998 “Cups” Toni LaBoiteaux Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
1996 “Leslie Shiels” Sally Harvey Fine Arts, Aspen. Colorado
1995 “Shiels/Heyl” Fitton Center for the Arts, Hamilton, Ohio
1994 “Shiels: Dog Days” Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Ohio
1993 18th Biennial Regional, Southbend Regional Art Museum, Southbend, Indiana
1992 “American Obsession” Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin
1991 “September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana**
1990 “Shiels: Hounds of Summer” Birckhead Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

‘01Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado,
’04 Wier Farm, Wilton, Connecticut
’05 Masterworks Foundation, Hamilton, Bermuda
**award/special recognition  * catalogue  ^scheduled

Sample publications:
10/1/09 Wall Street Journal, Leisure & Arts, “Birds of a Feather.Together”, Ann.Landi
9/09 Leslie Shiels, BirdHeads, Exh Catalogue, Wm Seitz, Dir. Carnegie Visual & 
Performing Arts Center, Publ.
9/3/09 Cincinnati Enquirer, Shiels’ pieces displayed across country, R.Dowdy
9/09 Indian Hill Journal, Indian Hill Artist’s work goes on tour 
Winter/Spring 09 Cover Art, Zahir, Journal of Speculative Fiction, Issue 18
2008 Los Angeles Art Show, FADA, pg 28
Jan/Feb 08, Sophisticated Living,Leslie Shiels: The Art of an Idea, Bridget Williams
September 08, Cover Art, Chronicle of the Horse
2008, Indian Hill: A Point of View, the paintings of Leslie Shiels, Indian Hill Historical Society, publisher ISBN 978-0-9816105-0-4
3/08 Indian Hill Living Magazine, Cover & feature story pg 50-52 , 
3/29/07Ohio Art’s Council, News Article, Present A is for Art, B is for Book, C
is for Celebration by Kathy Burgan
Inspire Magazine,   Mar/Apr 07, feature, Inspiring Women of 2007
10/17/07Downtowner, “Intercessions: Shiels watches her artistic idea land like a bird on a shoulder”,Jessica Noll
1/28/06 Dayton Daily News, Crossing Cultures at DAI Gallery, Ron Rollins
1/30/06 City Beat, Look Here!:Art, Artists, etc. by Julie Bernzott
5/06 Leslie Shiels: Cultural Connection, catalogue, Dayton Art Inst.
4/16/06 Cincinnati Enquirer, feature, Arts & Entertainment, “History splashes onto bright canvases”, Sara Pearce
6/30/05 The Royal Gazette, Bermuda, Lifestyle, Visiting Artist, Leslie Shiels, Rene Hill
Special Issue, Dogs in Art, AKC Gazette, Canine Images, a portfolio, pg 46, author, Jane Brackman
The Camargo Hunt: 75 years of hounds, hunting and horses, ISBN 0-9713716-0-1 book plates pgs 9,124,133, Wm H. Chatfield