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c. 2002.

Change is the chief constant in my art. My artistic training in the 1950s at Hollins College was traditional, and included many courses in art history. Study at the Skowhegan (Maine) School of Painting and Sculpture, with Hans Hofmann in Princetown, Massachusetts, and for the MFA degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro widened my horizons. I observed directions in the art world, from the abstract expressionists onward, and played with many of those ideas. In the the '60s, I studied the interaction of color and patterns. The '70s brought minimalism to my printmaking and dozens of studies for a large mural commission. In the '80s I returned to painterly realism.

In about 1993, I became fascinated with photographs and ads in popular magazines such as Interview, W, Vanity Fair, andHarper's Bazaar. Contemporary advertising speaks volumes about our society. I use appropriated images and modern reproduction technology to exaggerate the silliness, humor, pathos, and/or irony of these images. To make sense of the visual clutter with which the world bombards us, I often combine these with images from art history. In the process, I discover that human nature changes little over the ages.

My recent work deals with the feelings evoked by the events of September 11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. On the night of 9/11, I dreamed of the skyline of New York. The Twin Towers were replaced with two Islamic prayer towers. Soon afterwards I began making collages using images of the attack and its aftermath. Photographs of explosions, firemen, the faces of witnesses and the dead, twisted steel, flying bodies, Afghan fighters, tanks, veiled women, American soldiers: these are the inspiration for collages and, in turn, the large mural installations. To be most effective a minimum of images are arranged strategically. I hope to convey the emptiness we feel and to help us look more critically at our own society. 


Anne Kesler Shields


Arbor Acres, Anne Kesler Shields Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC         

Hanesbrands Theatre, Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC
NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Dillard Collection, and Library, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Bank of America, Charlotte, NC

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Cameron Museum of Art, Wilmington, NC

Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX


From the Landscape, Artworks Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC 2013
Anne Kesler Shields, A Retrospective, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, NC, 2012

Diptychs: Inspired by the Reynolda House Collection, appropriated image installation, Artworks Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC, 2011
Ambiguities II, appropriated image installation, Artworks Gallery, W-S, NC, 2009
Boundaries, Waterworks Visual Arts Center, aii, Salisbury, NC, 2008

Earthly Delights in the 21st Century: Bosh Revisited, appropriated images, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 2007
Woodcut and Silkscreen Prints from the 60s and 70s, Artworks Gallery, 2007
View from the Towers, approp. image installation, Wilson Museum, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, 2006       

Constant Battles, appropriated images installation, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA, 2005

Ambiguities, appropriated images, Artworks Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC, 2005; Theatre Art Galleries High Point, NC, 2005; Piedmont Arts Association, Martinsville, VA, 2005; Bell Gallery, Coker College, Hartsville, SC, 2004           

’80s Portraits, Sechrest Gallery, High Point University, 2004

Negative Spaces, photocopy installation, Artworks Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC, 2003

In the Garden, an installation and paper collages, Artworks Gallery, 2001                      

Return of the Sabines, appropriated image installation, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, 2000

About Face, 300 photos of faces on the wall, Artworks Gallery, 1998

Amusements, photocopy murals, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, 1997

The Garden of Earthly Delights, photocopy installation, Artwork Gallery, 1996                                                                       

Design and Desire II photocopy installation, Spirit Square, Charlotte, NC, 1995
Design and Desire, photocopy installation, Artworks Gallery, 1994

Pen-Ups: A Brief History of Nude Painting, drawing and collage mural, Artworks Gallery, 1995

Artworks Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC, 1989, 1991, 1994

Theatre Art Galleries, High Point, NC, 1990



Mid-Century Modern, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC, 2010

Facing South: Portraits by N C Artists, Greenhill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, 2008

Stereotypes: Confronting Clichés, McCall Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC, 2006

A Modern Influence: Eight Artists After Ivy, Greenhill Center, Greensboro, 2006

Crosscurrents: Art, Craft and Design in North Carolina, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 2005, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, 2006                   

Full Circle: A 40th Anniversary Tribute to The Five Winston-Salem Printmakers, Salem College Fine Arts Center Galleries, Winston-Salem, NC, 2002

60th Anniversary of the WFU Art Collections, Hanes Fine Arts Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, 2001

North Carolina’s 20th Century Masters, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC, 2000

Looking Forward, Looking Back, Salem College, Winston-Salem, 1999

Women Artists of NC - Winston-Salem Area, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC, 1994

Five Winston-Salem Printmakers’, SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC, 1983

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC, 1957 - 1977

The Five Winston-Salem Printmakers travelling exhibitions, 1962 - 1983

200 Years of Art in NC, NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, 1976

Artist Annual, NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, 1961 -1972, 1958, 1957, 1955

New Directions in Color Printmaking, Associated American Artists, NYC, 1967


Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA, Fellowships, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1996, 1997

            Urban Walls Project, NEA Grant, mural in downtown Winston-Salem, 1975

            Boston Printmakers, State College at Boston, Arden Prize, 1970; Purchase Prize, 1967


“Anne Kesler Shields, A Retrospective” (exhibition catalog), SECCA, 2012.  (Currently available in the SECCA Shop.)

Patterson, Tom, “Artist sees contemporary art through classic lens”, W-S Journal, June 12, 2011

Huie, Michael, “Adorned”, Artview, W-S, August 20, 2010

Patterson, Tom, “Vigorous Voices: Two galleries on Trade Street are showing works by two quite different local artists”, Winston-Salem Journal, April 12, 2009

Greene, Diana, “Collective Politics”, Winston-Salem Monthly, July 2008

Patterson, Tom, “Faith, Tragedy, Conflict”, Winston-Salem Journal, March 9, 2008

Patterson, Tom, “This Crazy Old World”, Winston-Salem Journal, April 8, 2007

Patterson, Tom, “Bombs becoming targets”, Winston-Salem Journal, May 7, 2006

Patterson, Tom, “Confronting Stereotypes”, Winston-Salem Journal, April 30, 2006

CROSSCURRENTS: Art, Craft and Design in North Carolina (exhibition catalog), NC Museum of Art, 2005

Latter, Ruth, “The ballet of battle takes over gallery”, The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA, June 30, 2005

Patterson, Tom, “Terrifying Compositions”, Winston-Salem Journal, January 30, 2005

Patterson, Tom, “Shocking, Awesome”, Winston-Salem Journal, May 4, 2003

Griffin, Penny, “FULL CIRCLE, A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Five

Winston-Salem Printmakers” (exhibition catalog), Salem College, W-S, 2002

Patterson, Tom, “40 Years on Exhibit”, Winston-Salem Journal, April 14, 2002

Patterson, Tom, “Before/After That Day”, W-S Journal, March 10, 2002

Woestendick, Jo, “Full Circle”, ArtView, W-S Journal, February 6, 2002

Patterson, Tom, “Something to Think About”, W-S Journal, May 14, 2000

Patterson, Tom, “Portrait of a Postmodernist”, W-S Journal, March 12, 2000

Somerville, S. Leigh, “Reflections on Society”, ArtView, W-S, Feb.9, 2000

Patterson, Tom, “One woman show brings Bosch right into the 1990s”, W-S Journal, July 7 1996

Shearin, Margaret, “Exploiting the exploiters: A model for protest”, Triad Style, February 16,1994

Krotz, Joanna L., “New Traditions”, Money, June 1991

Carr, Genie, “Face to Face”, W-S Journal, August 25, 1991

Patterson, Tom, “‘Portrait Collages’ Exhibit at Artworks Is an Unusual Foray Into the Familiar”, W-S Journal, January, 29, 1989

Carr, Genie, “A New Face”, W-S Journal, January 1, 1989

Shewmake, Mitzi, “The Five Winston-Salem Printmakers”, Women’s Art Journal, Vol. 5, No.1, pg. 40-46 Knoxville, TN, 1984

“Five Winston-Salem Printmakers” (exhibition catalog), SECCA, 1983


MFA, UNC-G 1959;
Hans Hofmann, Provincetown, MA 1957;
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine 1956;
BA, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA 1954

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