Sheldon Scott, a native of Pawley’s Island, SC, received his B.S. in Psychology from Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. He began his career in Social Work as a Unit Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Horry County, SC. Upon moving to the Washington DC area, he joined a private practice, specializing in Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Sex-Offender treatment at Northern Virginia Counseling Group.

After years as a practicing Psychotherapist, he began a creative life as a Storyteller, Artist, Actor, and Writer in 2005. He has since performed four sold-out solo storytelling shows in the Capital Fringe Theatre Festival and various venues including Busboys & Poets, and the Hirshhorn Museum. He has exhibited his Fine-Arts and Performance Art works at (e)merge art fair, WPA Select Auction, Arlington Arts Center, Delaware State University and Art Miami. He is represented by ConnerSmith Contemporary Gallery for his Fine-Art work. His upcoming book project, a memoir, “Shrimp & Griots”, is based on his storytelling narratives of the same name. Howard Yoon of Ross & Yoon Literary Agency represents Scott’s written works.

Sheldon recently worked as the Chief Marketing Officer and Director Of Operations of ESL Management Group, which includes such restaurants and bars as Marvin, The Gibson, Patty Boom Boom, Den of Thieves, Chez Billy and The Brixton et. al. He also served as the District of Columbia’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner of Single-Member District 1A03 (2010-2012) in Columbia Heights, and sits on the boards of the Youth Pride Alliance, Teaching For Change and StepAfrika.

I am an Artist who works in Performance, Sculpture, Spoken Narrative, Photography, Ephemera, Immersive Installation and the Written Word.

My work surveys the intersection of Race, Economics, and Sexuality with a critical lens on ideals of exceptionality of the Black Male form, while assessing the social taxes levied on Black Bodies and Psyches.

These portraits are sourced from psychological introspective and physical commentary that offers biography and identity to challenge not only what we do, but why we do.

These Performance-based works, that use the materials of Time, Natural and Unnatural Objects, Sound, and Movement, serve to offer critique of the impact of the minutia of blackness, gayness and poverty in both historical and contemporary context.

I produce durable works that are rooted in the narrative of the related Performance. These works, which include objects of, Sculpture, Photography, Ephemera and Installation, each carries a unique voice in the larger narrative presented in performance.

As a body of work that carries many voices through multiple media, I seek broad audience and understanding with the use of visual metaphor. Moreover, I set to allow audience with incongruous understandings of identities of Race, Sexuality and Economics to share an empathetic experience.

Represented by ConnerSmith Contemporary Art Gallery

EXHIBITIONS

BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIES

National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC, March 2015

ARTMIAMI

Miami Florida, ConnerSmith Contemporary – 2014

50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

Delaware State University, 2014

BEST OF DC

City Paper, Washington DC, 2014

CORCORAN GALLERY BALL

Corcoran Gallery, 2014

FOLK’LORE

(e)merge Art Fair, Artist Platform, 2014

40 TO THE FORE

Arlington Arts Center Reprise, 2014

ReACTIVATE

Hamiltonian Gallery, 2014

BEST OF DC

City Paper, Washington DC, 2014

CORCORAN GALLERY BALL

Corcoran Gallery, 2014

PUSSYPOP

Catwalk/Transformer Gallery, 2014

SELECT

Washington Project for the Arts Auction, 2014

SHRIMP & GRIOTS II

Capital Fringe Fall Invitational, 2013

LEVEL WITH ME

(e)merge Art Fair, Performance Artist, 2013

DOWN IN THE VALLEY

(e)merge Art Fair, Artist Platform, 2012

XCHANGE

Project 4 Gallery, Curator/Artist, 2012

 

THEATER

SHRIMP & GRIOTS

Capital Fringe Festival, Storyteller/Producer, 2011

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN

Capital Fringe Festival, Storyteller, 2010

SELF-SERVICE

Capital Fringe Festival, Actor/Writer/Producer, 2009

FAGGOT; THE PLAY

Capital Fringe Festival, Actor/Writer/Producer, 2007

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIES

National Archives of American Art, 2015

HIRSHHORN FRIDAY GALLERY TALK

Hirshhorn Museum, 10/2011

 

ACCOLADES

CBS

Best Up and Coming Artists In DC

Blouin ArtInfo

Highlights of ArtMiami Fair

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  1. Lauren Adams Studio Art News » Blog Archive » Time & Place: GADSBYS
    December 11, 2016

    […] first Time & Place exhibition will take place at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. DC-based artist Sheldon Scott and the Baltimore-based artist team of Lauren Frances Adams and Stewart Watson began their […]