Photo credit: Walker Esner, 2018

Photo credit: Walker Esner, 2018

Gwen Shockey was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1988. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including A.I.R. Gallery and The Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C.. She was a 2018-19 recipient of The Leslie-Lohman Museum Queer Art Fellowship, a 2018 resident at the Wassaic Project and was the first recipient of the Pratt MFA Ox-Bow Award in 2016. She received her MFA from Pratt Institute in 2017. Her work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Huffington Post, Filthy Dreams, Bedford + Bowery and CityLab. She frequently serves as a Visiting Artist, most recently at Connecticut College and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her work also appears in several collections throughout the U.S. including The Leslie-Lohman Museum permanent collection and the Connecticut College collection.


Solo Exhibitions

2019 Venus Rising, Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2017 Addresses, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2017 No Man’s Land, The Leslie-Lohman Museum Project Space, New York, NY

2017 Sites of Love and Fascination: M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

2015 The Hand Inventory Project, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014 The Continuation of Life, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Group Exhibitions

[Upcoming] 2019 Idol Worship, Smack Melon, Brooklyn, NY

2019 “I wanna dance with somebody!” Every Woman Biennial, La Mama Gallery and 222 Bowery, New York, NY

2018 Generation Next, West Windsor Art Center, West Windsor, NJ

2018 Mapping Memory, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

2017 Other Spaces, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2017 Expanded Visions: Fifty Years of Collecting, The Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York, NY

2017 Some Assembly Required, Thorndike Gallery at Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR

2016 Like Smoke, Equity Gallery, New York, NY

2015 Idle Idol, Pratt Gallery at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

2015 All At Once, Steuben Gallery at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

2015 Who's Afraid of Feminism?, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014 Out on 9, Reynolds Fine Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

2014 In/Visible PRIDE, Open House SoHo, New York, NY

2014 State of Being, RSI Bank, Rahway, NJ

2014 WagMag Annual Benefit Exhibition, Kunsthalle Galapagos Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014 Past/Forward, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Art in a Box Exhibition to Benefit at Risk Women and Children Internationally, Pelavin Gallery, New York, NY

2013 First Annual World Sexual Health Day, The Cutting Room, New York, NY

2013 Two Walls and a Floor, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

2012 Art in a Box Exhibition to Benefit at Risk Women and Children Internationally, Pelavin Gallery, New York, NY

2012 Papercuts and Pinpricks, The Walkway at reBar, Brooklyn, NY

2012 Uncensored: Queer Art and the Church, The Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York, NY

2011 Art in a Box Exhibition to Benefit at Risk Women and Children Internationally, Pelavin Gallery, New York, NY

2010 7th Annual International Juried Exhibition, The Shore Institute for Contemporary Art, Longbranch, NJ

2010 New Alumni Work, The Waldorf School of Princeton, Princeton, NJ

2010 Wish You Were Here 9, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

2010 Transmutations, Manwaring Gallery, JTC Gallery, and Atrium Gallery, Cummings Art Center at Connecticut College, New London, CT


Connecticut College Collection, New London, CT

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York, NY

Curatorial and Consulting Projects

2019 Letting Loose and Fighting Back: LGBTQ Nightlife Before and After Stonewall, New-York Historical Society, New York, NY

Academic Manuscripts

2017 Pratt Institute Masters of Fine Art Thesis, Sites of Love and Fascination

2010 Connecticut College Undergraduate Honors Thesis, Styles of the Flesh: Considerations on Body Identity and Representing the Unclothed Woman in Fine Art


2019 The Lost Landscape of Lesbian Nightclubs in New York City in Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment at University of Pennsylvania Press by Karen Loew and Gwen Shockey

2019 Queer Holdings: A Survey of the Leslie-Lohman Museum Collection, Edited by Gonzalo Casals and Noam Parness, Distributed for Hirmer Publishers, Published by The University of Chicago Press

2018 Undertow, Silent Face Projects, curated by Pacifico Silano, Forward by Emily Colucci

2015 Who’s Afraid of Feminism?, Women’s Caucus for Arts and A.I.R. Gallery, curated by Catherine Morris

Web-Based Publications


2019 6sqft,

2019 The New York Times, An Art Show for Hundreds of Women. And That’s Just the Artists. Melena Ryzik,

2019 The Daily News, Last call for lesbian bars: the ever-changing nightlife for LGBTQ women in New York, Muri Assuncao,

2017 Filthy Dreams, Don’t Leave Me This Way: Finding The Remnants Of NYC’s Lesbian Bars  In Gwen Shockey’s “Addresses”, Emily Colucci,

2017 CITYLAB, Preserving the Meaning of Lesbian Bars by Karen Loew,

2017 Logo NEWNOWNEXT, “No Man’s Land” Exhibit Resurrects New York’s Disappearing

Lesbian Bars by Samantha Manzella,

2017 Dance NYC, Melding Art with Activism: An Interview with Gwen Shockey by Oceane Hooks-Camilleri,

2013 Huffington Post, Gay Voices, Gwen Shockey Talks LGBT Fairy Tales and Finding   Inspiration in the Lesbian Hookup Scene,

Visiting Artist and Lectures

2017 Fashion Institute of Technology, Guest Lecturer, New York, NY

2017 Amos Eno Gallery, Lesbian Nightlife and Culture, Panel Organizer and Participant, New York, NY

2017 Connecticut College, Guest Lecturer, New London, CT


2018 The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY

2016 OxBow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

2012 Nowhere Studios, Paonia, CO

2009 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Blue Hill, ME


2018-2019 The Leslie-Lohman Museum Queer Art Fellowship Program