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Sheila Lanham



Sheila Lanham attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, entering as an advanced painting major in 1984. Before that, she attended the School of Visual Arts and The New School for Social Research, studying painting and poetry. She was awarded two independent studio semester programs while at MICA: SACI in Florence, Italy and the AICA Sharpe-Walentas Independent Studio Program in Tribeca. She was a 2020 Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant recipient.

Selected Exhibitions

2023  Sheila Lanham and Margot Spindelman, virtual Gibson Contemporary, NYC

2022  Sheila Lanham: World View, solo/virtual Gibson Contemporary, NYC

2019  ROS Inaugural Group Show, Lorimoto Gallery, Ridgewood, NY 

          Unextinguished: The Episodic Landscape, SRO Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2016  Nation IV, Through the Rabbit Hole, 2016, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015  Last Dance @ The Old Gem, benefit for Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn, NY

          NYC Salon Showcase: A Weekend at the Old Gem, Arts@Renaissance

          Sideshow Nation III, Circle the Wagons, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

          The Last Brucenial, Bruce High Quality Foundation, 837 Washington Street, NYC

          Sideshow Nation II, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2008  Mapping Correspondence: Mail Art in the 21st Century, Center for Book Arts, NY

1994  Collage, GCCA Mountaintop Gallery, Windham, NY

          Drop Dead Painting, 103 Reade Street, NYC (curator: John Ford)

1993  Monochromatic Drawings, GCCA Mountaintop Gallery, Windham, NY

          Sheila Lanham: Recent Works, Club U.S.A., NYC

          Art for Everyone, Club U.S.A., NYC

1992  Salon of the Mating Spiders, Herron-Test Site Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

          1.5 Show, Muranushi Lederman Productions NYC, 148 Gallery

          Fate of the Earth, Ceres Gallery, NYC

1991  O.I.A. Salon ‘91, Tribeca 148 Gallery, NYC (Organization of Independent Artists)

          New Generation ’91, Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

1982  Aquarium Show, School 33, Baltimore, MD 1982

          Sheila Lanham: Shipshapes, Empire Gallery, Baltimore, MD 1982


2020 Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Individual Support Grant

1992 Vermont Studio Center

SACI (Studio Art Centers International), Florence, Italy

AICA Independent Studio Sharpe Walentas Studio, New York, NY

Dean’s List, MICA, 1984-87

Reba Stewart Memorial Merit Scholarship
Baltimore Mayoral Scholarships
Francis Burns Harvey Memorial Merit Scholarship


Former Founder and Director of U.S. Poets in Mexico, a literary organization that held poetry conferences in Mexico annually, introduced and promoted American and Mexican poets, and encouraged translation projects from 2009-2019


Smoke Shadows, Finishing Line Press, 2013

Gathering Voices: An Anthology of Baltimore Poets, Dolphin Moon/7th Son/Tropos Press (Eds. David Beaudouin, James Taylor and Afaa Michael Weaver) 1985

Baltimore Blues & Greens, Self-Service Press, NY Cover art: Larry Rivers 1978

The Merida Review, LiveMag; Exquisite Corpse, New Orleans, LA; The Pearl, Baltimore, MD, co-editor with David Beaudouin - Interviews with Roy Lichtenstein and Grace Hartigan, poems


LaMama, NYC; CLWNWR Reading Series @ SafeT Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; The Painting Center, NYC; Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Recipient: ARTSCAPE Literary Reading; The Kitchen, NY; Poetry Project (Maryland Writers Council), Baltimore, MD and other venues



The Merida Review, literary ezine, Yucatan, MX January, 2013

El Diario de Yucatan, MX January, 2013

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