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Sheila Ross is an English installation artist and photographer who recently returned to the UK after living and working in New York City for nearly 40 years. Trained at St. Martin’s School of Art in London, on going to New York she earned an M.F.A. at Hunter College CUNY. 

Since her training as a sculptor, Ross shifted from the physicality of substantial materials to working with light and space, initially creating environmental installations out of light, projections and sound and subsequently working with photography and video.

The continuing direction of the work is the attempt to create something that expresses what it feels like to be alive, to be human, in all its difficulty and uncertainty. Increasingly Ross’s art practice is influenced by her Zen practice, which works to strip away the habits of conceptualization and bring us directly to our own experience. 

Ross is represented by A.I.R Gallery in Brooklyn, and has had fellowships at MacDowell Colony and Virginia Center for the Arts. She has taught in the visual arts programs at Hunter College and at Fordham University in New York City, where she was also senior designer for the Office of Marketing Communications for 15 years.

The environmental installations have been created largely with light, whether computerized theatre lights or projected film, video or slides. They have been shown at The Rotunda Gallery (1987), Experimental Intermedia (1989), BACA Downtown (1990), and Janalyn Hansen White Gallery, Iowa (2001). She created a stage set for the dance piece Her 1001 Nights at the Marymount Manhattan Theatre in 1988.

Since joining A.I.R in 2005, she has had three solo exhibitions there: NightVision (video and photographs); {I am} just the birds in the grass… (infrared photographs); and ... so much space in the night ... (photographs). Of her several group shows with the gallery, two travelled to Sweden and Hungary. In 2009 photographs from her NightVision series were selected by Barbara O’Brien for “Third Person Singular: Does Gender Still Matter?” at the Art Institute of Boston. In 2008-9 the group show “Your Documents Please” toured Japan, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia and Mexico before going to New York City. Prior to her A.I.R. membership, she was selected by Shamim Momin for the 2003 A.I.R. Biennial. In 2014 her photographs were shown at the Nott Memorial Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, in “On Being,” a three-person show curated by Julie Lohnes, with panel discussion on art, meditation and dreamwork.

Most recently (2017), she is a guest artist in Ann Pachner's "The Blossom as the Self," at A.I.R.