Born 1985, PA



Shaina Craft is a figurative artist living and working in Chicago, IL.  She creates oil paintings and works on paper that span the range from miniature to expansive.  Her work is known for combining detailed realism with gestural expression.



2015        MFA, New York Academy of Art

2011         BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art


S E L E C T E D   E X H I B I T I O N S

2018         Holiday Miniatures Show, Abend Gallery, CO

Winged Woman: The Art of Arlene Love and Contemporary Parallels, curated by InLiquid, The Painted Bride, PA

                  Winter Juried Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, PA

2017          National Juried Art Exhibition, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, WI

                   Small Works, Black Moth Gallery, PA

                   Single Fare 4, Highline Stages, NY

                   Informally Acquainted, Black Moth Gallery, PA

                   Tone of Intention, Lacey & Phillips Gallery, curated by InLiquid, PA

                   Mono//Chrome, Mill Arts Collective, PA

2016           Alfred Distefano Memorial Works on Paper Exhibition, Philadelphia Sketch Club, PA

                    Faculty/Invited Alumni Show, Montgomery County Community College, PA

2015           MFA Thesis Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, NY

                    Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, NY

2014           Works on Paper, Dacia Gallery, NY

                    Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, NY

                    MFA National Competition, First Street Gallery, NY

                     Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, NY

2013            Night; the different painting, Brooklyn FireProof, NY

                     Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, NY

                     Global Conscious, Local Artists, Pentimenti Gallery, PA

                     Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, PA

                     In the Presence Of, FWS Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2012             Faculty/Invited Alumni Show, Montgomery County Community College, PA

2011             Show of Heads, Limner Gallery, NY

                     BFA Thesis Exhibition, Fox Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, MD

                     Dis/Order, Brown Center, Maryland Institute College of Art, MD


O N L I N E   E X C L U S I V E S

2018            The New Nude, Zhou B Art Center and PoetsArtists, Artsy

                     First Views, Zhou B Art Center and PoetsArtists, Artsy


A R T   F A I R S / C O N F E R E N C E S / S T U D I O   T O U R S

2017            Art for the Cash Poor, InLiquid, PA

                     Philadelphia Open Studio Tour, PA

2016            Philadelphia Open Studio Tour, PA 

2015            Affordable Art Fair NYC, Saatchi Art, NY

                    SGCI Print Conference, NYAA booth, TN


A W A R D S/  R E S I D E N C I E S

2017            Blick InLiquid Microgrant

2016            3rd Place, Philadelphia Sketch Club Works on Paper Exhibition

2015            Merit Scholarship, New York Academy of Art

2014            Hudson Valley Plein Air Residency

2013            Art of the State finalist, State Museum of PA

2011            Fred Lazarus, Merit, and Transfer scholarships, Maryland Institute College of Art  

2008           Best in Show and Judge’s Pick, Montgomery County Community College, PA


S E L E C T E D   C O L L E C T I O N S

Witz Collection, Switzerland

Stroie Collection, Hartford, CT

Manocherian Collection, NYC

Fairs Collection, NYC

Hessel Collection, Philadelphia, PA

Lamson Collection, Phoenix, AZ

Dagget Collection, TX

Cohen Collection, Baltimore, MD

Meyers Collection of women artists, Baltimore, MD

Hastie Collection, United Kingdom


S E L E C T E D   P R E S S / P U B L I C A T I O N S

The New Nude, PoetsArtists, online and print

What Portrait Are You Submitting To The Outwin : American Portraiture Today, Buzzfeed, online

Painting the Figure Now, PoetsArtists, Issue #95, online and print

100 Fine Artists on Ello. Yes Ello, Medium, online

Meet Shaina Craft, VoyageChicago, online

10 Questions for Shaina Craft, PoetsArtists, online

50 Groovy Art Selfies on Instagram, Didi Menendez, Buzzfeed, online 

100 Artists Studios, Didi Menendez, Buzzfeed, online

100 Facebook Portraits, Didi Menendez, Buzzfeed, online

Shades of Gray: Mill Arts Goes Colorless With New Art Show, Jack Firneno, Bristol Times, print

A New Museum Opens in the Midwest, Didi Menendez, Buzzfeed, online

Philadelphia: A Day in the Life of Shaina Craft, SaatchiArt, online

Global Conscious, Local Artists, Philip Mastrippolito, Title Magazine, online

Interview: Shaina Craft, Blisss Magazine, December 2013 issue, print

Experiments by Shaina Craft, Curve Magazine, December 2013 issue, online and print

Dark Hoard Project: Anthology of Macabre Art and Literature, print

Double Vision: Paintings by Shaina Craft, Benjamin Starr, Visual News, online

One To Watch: Shaina Craft, SaatchiArt, online

Shaina Craft’s Experiments in Flesh, Juxtapoz Magazine, online

Visually Unsettling Portraits by Shaina Craft, Danny Olda, Hi Fructose Magazine, online