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Elena Sheehan

Elena Sheehan

 
About the Artist
Elena Sheehan was born in China of Russian parents. Raised in San Francisco, she received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She studied photography with Nathan Lyons at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York and with Arthur Siegel at the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, where she received her MS in 1978. Active in the photographic community in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area, she has taught at San Francisco City College and the University of California Extension Division. Her work has been exhibited and published in Korea, Italy, Greece, Germany, France, Belgium, Mexico as well as in the United States. A book of photographs with poetry by the well-known Greek poet, Liana Sakelliou, was published in Athens, Greece in 2004. Continuum, Photographs 1979-2009, came out in 2010. Her book, Journey Through Seven Circles, published in 1983 in a limited edition, is now out of print. Her recent book, A Moment in Time, (2014) was selected for the Photobook Exhibition at the Athens Photo Festival 2015. Elena now lives and works in San Francisco, CA.
 


One-Person Exhibitions
Year
Gallery
Location
2018 Sequoia Rotunda Art Gallery San Francisco, California
2017 Fromm Hall Gallery,  University of San Francisco  San Francisco, California
2016 Bay Model Visitors Center Sausalito, California
2011 Red Wolf Gallery Sonoma, California
2008
Rozanoff Art San Francisco, California
2008
Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco San Francisco, California (with Howard Nemerovski)
2006
O'Hanlon Center for the Arts Mill Valley, California (with Monjett Graham)
2004
Bibliotec Synchroni Epoch Livadia, Greece
2004
Bibliotec Leschi Vivliou Aghios Stefanos, Greece
2001
Gensler Architecture Design and Planning
San Francisco, California
2000
Ellen Kim Murphy Gallery
Seoul, Korea
1999
Ellen Kim Murphy Gallery - Bergamot Art Center
Santa Monica, California (with Nancy Kay)
1997
Coyote Point Museum
San Mateo, California
1996
Ebert Gallery
San Francisco, California
1994
Ebert Gallery
San Francisco, California
1992
Grauwert Gallery
Hamburg, Germany
1990
Galerie Jean Pierre Lambert
Paris, France
1990
Muse Des Beaux-Arts (International Triennale)
Charleroi, Belgium
1989
University Club
San Francisco, California
1989
SF MOMA Artists Gallery
San Francisco, California
1989
Fotogalerie 68
Kasteel Hoensbroek, The Netherlands
1988
Galerie Jean Pierre Lambert
Paris, France
1986
University Club
San Francisco, California
1985
Focus Gallery
San Francisco, California (with John Harding)
1985
Evanston Art Center
Evanston, Illinois
1983
San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose, California
1983
Olive Tjaden Gallery - Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
1983
Wiegand Gallery - College of Notre Dame
Belmont, California (with Joel Levick)
1981
Bellocq Gallery - Louisiana Tech
Ruston, Louisiana
1980
University of California - Extension Galleria
San Francisco, California
1979
Evanston Art Center
Evanston, Illinois (with Michael Goss)
1979
Milwaukee Center for Photography
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
     
 


Selected Group Exhibitions
Year
Show
Gallery
Location
2017 "Poros Art Festival"   Poros, Greece
2015 “Botanica“ Bedford Gallery - Lesher Center for the Arts Walnut Creek, CA
2015 “Photobook Exhibition” - Athens Photo Festival 2015 Benaki Museum Athens, Greece
2015 - 2016 Selections from Camerawork - “75 Years CCSF Photography” S.F. City Collage Library Gallery San Francisco CA
2014 "Visible Iceland" Hillyer Art Space Washington D.C.
2014 Photo LA 2014 Louis Klaitman Vintage and Contemporary Photography Los Angeles, CA
2014 "75 YEARS - Selections from CCSF Photography Department" Camerawork Gallery San Francisco, CA
2013 DC Fine Art Photography Fair Louis Klaitman Vintage and Contemporary Photography Washington, DC
2013 artMRKT San Francisco 2013 Louis Klaitman Vintage and Contemporary Photography San Francisco, California
2013 MacWorld Digital Art Gallery MacWorld Conference San Francisco, California
2011 MacWorld Digital Art Gallery MacWorld Conference San Francisco, California
2010 June Invitational Arts Guild of Sonoma Sonoma, California
2006 A Curators Eye- Legacy of Robert Sobieski LA County Museum Los Angeles , California
2006
"The I Behind the Camera"
O'Hanlon Center for the Arts
Mill Valley, California
2003
"Photography Faculty Exhibition"
University of California Extension
San Francisco, California
2000
"Holiday Group Show"
Freddie Fong Contemporary Art
San Francisco, California
1999
"Inflorescence"
Cirros Gallery
Los Angeles, California
1999
"Bridging Time And Space"
Dominican College
San Rafael, California
1998
"Photography Faculty Exhibition"
University of California Extension
San Francisco, California
1995
"Luz y Tiempo"
Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporaneo
Mexico City, Mexico (with Catalog)
1995
"International Photography Exhibition"
Bellas Artes
San Miguel De Allende, Mexico
1993
"Photography Faculty Exhibition"
University of California Extension
San Francisco, California
1992
"Do You See What I See?"
College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery
Kentfield, California
1992
"Laser VideoDisk Library EXhibitor"
FotoFest
Huston, Texas
1991
"Photographs from they Permanent Collection"
Muse de la Photographie
Charleroi , Belgium
1991
"Photography Faculty Exhibition"
University of California Extension Galleria
San Francisco, California
1991
"Decouvertes '91"
Grand Palais
Paris, France
1990 Quatrieme Triennale Internationale De La  Photographie Musee Della  Photographie Charleroi  Belgium (with Catalog)
1990
"Premiere Exhibition"
Suzanne Dey Contemporary Art
Menlo Park, California
1989
"Cinq heures pour la Photographie"
Galerie Jean Pierre Lambert
Paris, France
1988
"Terra Cognita"
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
San Jose, California (with Catalog)
1986
"North American Invitational"
Florida Institute of Technology
Jensen Beach, Florida
1985
"Snap, Photography '85"
Art Commission Gallery
San Francisco, California
1985
"Exhibitions and Auction"
Milwaukee Center for Photography
Milwaukee, WI. with Catalog
1984
"Photography Department Faculty Show"
Art Gallery
SF City College, San Francisco
1984
"Photographs from the Permanent Collection"
San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose, California
1983
"ARBORETUM"
University of Denver
Denver, Colorado
1983
"Twentieth Century Photographers"
Stanford University Art Museum
Stanford, California
1982
"Selection"
Traveling Exhibition through Louisiana
(with Catalog)
1981
"Women Photographers/Northern California"
SF MOMA Artists Gallery
San Francisco, CA
1981
"Bay Area Women Photographers"
Palo Alto Cultural Center
Palo Alto, California
1981
"Six Emerging Artists"
Cameravision Gallery
Los Angeles, California
1979
"26th Annual: Photography"
Richmond Art Center
Richmond, California (with Catalog)
1979
"4/4"
ARC Gallery
Chicago, Illinois
1978
"International Self-Portrait Invitational"
Northlight Gallery - Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona (with Catalog)
1978
"The Chicago Photographer"
Evanston Art Center
Evanston, Illinois
1978
"Illinois Photographer '78"
Illinois State Museum
Springfield, Illinois (with Catalog)
1977
"Institute of Design"
School of the Art Institute Gallery
Chicago, Illinois
1976
"Chicago Photographers"
Darkroom Gallery
Denver, Colorado
       
   


Publications and Reviews
Elena Masharov Sheehan, “A Moment in Time,“ Blurb Publication, San Francisco, CA , 2014
"CONTINUUM Elena Sheehan Photographs 1979 - 2009" , Sonoma, California 2010
"Bodyscape"S #5, ZYZZYVA Vol. XXIII, #3, San Francisco, Winter 2007
Fundacion Televisa, fotografia, Sante Fe, Mexico, 2005
Andreas Belezinis, "Ut Pctura, Poesis" (opos i Zografia, i Pilsi) Liana Sakelliou, Eleftherotypia, Athens, Greece, June 3, 2005
Georgos Veis, "Synecthohoes of Poetic Truth," Poetry, Athens, Greece, Spring/Summer 2005
"Pare me san Fotographia, Photographs by Elena Sheehan, Poetry by Liana Sakelliou" , Typothito-George Dardanos, Athens, Greece 2004
Peter Frank, "Art Picks of the Week-Patrick Wilson, Nancy Kay, Elena Sheehan,"LA Weekly, Los Angeles July 16, 1999
Isabel Anderson, "Nancey Kay and Elena Sheehan at Ellen Kim Murphy Gallery"Artweek, October 1999
Ann Bellinger Hartley, ed. "Bridging Time and Space: Essays on Layered Art," Markowitz Publishing, Maui, HI, 1998
"Portfolio-Waters's Edge", Leica Fotografie Internationale , 6/98 (English and French editions) August/September
Jan Steen, FOTOGROEP68/FOTOGALERIE 68, Catalogue 1978-1996
CD-ROM "Photographers Encyclopaedia Internationa"l 1839-To the Present
"Portfolio of 27 Images", Photo Metro, San Francisco, California November 1994
E.A.,"Elena Sheehan, Zeit and Raum," PHOTO Technik International , Munich, 3/94
Denis Brudna, "ELENA SHEEHAN-Photography", PHOTONEWS, Hamburg Germany, 9/1992
Luigi Erba, "Elena Sheehan,"FOTO Practica, No. 278, Milan, Italy, February 1992
Patrick Roegiers, ":A Charleroi, une Triennale..." Le Monde, Paris, June 1990
Jean-Marie Wynants, "Promenade:du quotidien au merveillrux," Le Soir , Brussels, Belgium 3/1990
Georges Vercheval, "Quatriem Triennale Internationale de la Photographie" , Charleroi, Belgium 4/1990
Regis Durand, "La Photographie-Ressassements et Ressourcements,"Art Press , Paris, 4/1988
"Selections," Photo Metro , San Francisco, California, April 1988
Rebecca Palmer, "Knowledge of the Earth,"Artweek , San Francisco, 9 January 1988
Rebecca Solnit, "Terra Cognita-The Known Earth" , (Catalog) 1987
Douglas Gilbert, "Journey through Seven Circles," Afterimage , January 1984
Elena Sheehan, "Journey through Seven Circles", JEM Press, Palo Alto, California 1983
Gretchen Garner, "Connections,"Exposure , 2 April 1981
Jim Jordan, "Points along the Mainstream,"Artweek , 21 February 1981
Nancy Fox, "Women's Photos Challenge Reality,"Palo Alto Weekly, 19 February 1981
David Winter, "The Painter's Brush This Time Happens to be a Camera,"Peninsula Times Tribune , 6 February 1981
James Auer, "The Accent's on Light: Elena Sheehan and Chuck Elfont,"Milwaukee Journal , 25 February 1979
Douglas Gilbert, "Still Light Photographs of Elena Sheehan and Michael Goss,"New Art Examiner, Chicago, April 1979
David Elliot, "Some Serene Slices of Our Busy World,"Chicago Sun Times , 11 March 1979
Devonna Pieszak, "4/4: Meaning with the Status Quo,"New Art Examiner, Chicago, 2/1979
 


Teaching and Related Experience
Year
Position and Location
2009 Artist in Residence at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Skopelos, Greece
2007-2008 Volunteer Photographer for San Francisco Film Society, Films in the Schools Project
2006 Photographer for Healing Journeys Cancer Conference "Surviving and Thriving", San Francisco, California
2005 Photographer (volunteer) for San Francisco 25th Jewish Film Festival
2001
Still Photographer for Feature Film "I'm Seducible"
1999
Member of City of Sonoma (California) Cultural and Fine Art Commission
1997
Photographer for University of California Archaeological Excavation, Nemea, Greece
1994
Photographer for XVI European Poetry Festival, Crete/Aegine, Greece
1994-2007
Volunteer/Translator, San Francisco Annual International Film Festival
1993
Selected Volunteer, Eye Gallery "First Exposures" Photography project with children, San Francisco
1991-2005
Instructor of Photography, University of California Extension, San Francisco
1987
Artist-Participant, Open Forum Critic, Camerawork, San Francisco
1987
Image-Maker Presenter, Western Regional Conference, Society for Photographic Education, San Luis Obispo, California
1980-1993
Instructor (part-time), Photography, City College of San Francisco
1980
Instructor of Photography, University of California Extension, San Francisco
1979
Assisted Anita Mozley, Photography Curator, Stanford University Museum, Stanford, CA.
1979
Visiting Artist/Lecturer, Milwaukee Center for Photography, Milwaukee Wisconsin
1978
Artist in Residence, Noyes Cultural Center, Evanston, Illinois
1978-1979
Teaching Photography to Children, Course developed for New Trier High School Extension, Wilmette, Illinois
   
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Collections
Gallery/Museum Location
Bibliotheque Nationale Paris, France
Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University Stanford, California
Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo Mexico City, Mexico
Cultural Centreem, Kasteel Hoensbroek The Netherlands
Erie Art Center Erie, Pennsylvania
Illinois State Museum Springfield, Illinois
Los Angeles, County Museum of Art Los Angeles, California
Musee de la Photographie Charleroi, Belgium
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, California
San Jose Museum of Art San Jose, California
University of Colorado Denver, Colorado
Numerous Private Collections
 

Education
Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, M.S. in Photography
University of California, Berkeley, B.A. Russian Language and Literature
University of Vienna, Austria
 




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