David Shapleigh

114 Maple St.
Easthampton, MA 01027

Artist Statement

One of my aims in my work is to represent the truth about the object I am recreating. While some of the images and objects I create are not real, the work is created from direct observation. I do not consider myself a "Realist" as it is often described or portrayed, but as an artist that is committed to the exploration of my visual perception through drawing and painting in the fullest plastic meaning of these terms. Furthermore, I choose to experiment with my ideas on creating art or my ideas about an object by interacting with it, and then repeatedly do it in different ways, allowing the idea to develop and not settle on a particular outcome. The subject matter that allows this process to develop is the environment of my daily life and the objects in this environment. When creating this work, I do not wish to portray my emotions about the objects.

Representing the truth about the object or environment I am recreating forces me to be as objective as possible about this object or subject. Working in this manner will encourage the viewer of the piece of work to do the same. I want the viewer to look with his eyes and not allow his stored visual references or prior information to interfere with this viewing process. Although the work is accessible as a recognizable shape to the viewer, it is not readily or easily processed.

I would like the viewer to respond to how the image was created as much as I would like him to react visually to the image being presented. The material application or the composition may not allow the viewer to relate to the picture in the familiar way that he expects. Consequently, he must relate the best he can with the image. While the application of the material is not transparent or neutral, it is not apparent to the viewer at first.


MFA, Boston University, 1999, Boston, MA

BFA, University of Massachusetts North Dartmouth, 1995, N. Dartmouth, MA

Academic Affiliations

Westfield State University, Westfield, MA
Professor of Art, Chair of the Art Department, 2008-current

Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA
Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, 2000-2008

Art Institute of Pittsburgh/Online, Pittsburgh, PA
Visiting Lecturer of Fine Arts, 2006-2008

Newbury College, Brookline, MA
Visiting Lecturer of Fine Arts, 2006-2007

Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Visiting Lecturer of Fine Arts, 2004-2007

Committee Work

Holyoke Public Schools Arts Education Task Force, 2019-2021

Solo Exhibitions

Broomfield Gallery, "New Work, Lines in White Spaces"
2015, Boston, MA

Wallace L. Anderson Gallery, "New Work"
2008, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA

Imago Gallery
2007, Warren, RI

Mt. Washington Valley Art Association Gallery
2002, North Conway, NH

Wallace L. Anderson Gallery
2001, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA

Selected Group Exhibitions

Pushkin, “Sketchbooks, Art Books; Quantum Art: Becoming Infinite”,
2017, Greenfield, MA

Arno Maris Art Gallery, “2016 Westfield State University Art Department Faculty Exhibit”,
2016, Westfield, MA

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, "Open Call NNE", 2015, Brattleboro, VT, Curator: Richard Klein, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Arno Maris Art Gallery, “2014 Westfield State University Art Department Faculty Exhibit”,
2014, Westfield, MA

Bristol Art Museum, "Objects for Work, Objects for Play and Objects to Cherish", 2014, Bristol, RI

808 Gallery, "Convergence, School of Visual Arts Alumni Exhibition", 2014, Boston University, Boston, MA, Curator: Andrea Champlin

2013, Easthampton / Holyoke, MA

Wheaton Biennial 2013, “Drawing Out of Bounds”, Beard & Weil Galleries, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, Curator: Judith Tannenbaum, Curator of Contemporary Art the RISD Museum of Art

Amherst Biennial, 2012, Amherst, MA

Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, “3rd All Media Exhibition”, 2012, Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA, Curator: Sabrina Locks, RISD Museum of Art

The Gallery at Boston Art & Framing, “Invitational Group Exhibition: Local Talent”, 2010, Boston, MA

Emmanuel d’Alzon Library, “Drawn To Life: Reformatted”, 2010, Assumption College, Worcester, MA

Aurora Gallery, “Drawn to Life, Concept and Craft in Contemporary Art”, 2010, Worcester, MA

Grinshaw/Gudewicz Art Gallery, “Colossal”, David Shapleigh / Rob Lorenson, 2009, Bristol Community College, Bristol, MA

On Paper I / PNE at The Bushnell 2008, Hartford, CT, Curator: Jim Lee

Boston City Hall, Scully Square Gallery, “Works on Paper”, 2007, Boston, MA

Gallery X, “New Works 2007”, 2007, New Bedford, MA, Curator: Roger Kizik

Energy Gallery, “2 – d – 3 -d'”, 2006, Toronto, Canada, energygallery.com

Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, “Faculty Exhibition”, 2006, Beverly, MA

Long Beach Arts, “Works on Paper”, 2006, Long Beach, CA, Honorable Mention, Curator: Marshall Astor

Caladan Gallery, “Black and White”, 2006, Beverly, MA, caladangallery.com

Associated Artists of Winston Salem, “Face Value”, 2005, Winston-Salem, NC, Curator: Marc Pachter, Director of the National Portrait Gallery

Worcester Art Museum, “New Work”, 2005, Worcester, MA

Concord Art Association, “The Frances N. Roddy Open Competition”, 2003, Concord, MA, Curator: John Moore

Fowler Gallery, “Male Image”, 1997, Provincetown, MA

Wright State University, “Drawing from Perception”, 1996, Wright State University Art Galleries, Dayton, OH

Residencies, Awards, Organizations

-Vermont Studio Center: 2008, 2012 Artist Grant Fellowship
-SVA Summer Residency, 2008
-Vermont Studio Center, 2007 Clowes Fellowship
-Rocky Neck Art Colony, 2007
-Easthampton City Arts (ECA), Easthampton, MA


-Hartford Advocate.com, Lush Life Blog, Friday, January 25, 2008, Paper/New England at the Bushnell

-Worcester Magazine, Night and Day Section, July10, 2010, http://www.worcestermag.com/night-and-day/featured/Drawn-to-Life-draws-the-line-97971154.html


-Art All-State, Worcester Art Museum, MA /Artist / Mentor, 2002-09’, 2011-12 (video of a project)

-2012 Northampton Draws interactive drawing festival, Northampton, MA

-NAEA 2012 Conference in New York, NY Presented with Massachusetts Art All State “Artists Speak: You CAN Change Kids’ Lives!” at the NAEA 2012 Conference in New York, NY