Department Head, Associate Professor, Painting & Drawing
Abbotsford campus, C1402c
Phone: 604-504-7441, Ext. 4424, Voice Mail 4424email Shelley
Shelley Stefan received her BFA in 1996 from the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana, with an academic concentration in Painting and Drawing. After years of living, working, and exhibiting as a practicing artist in the United States, she studied for her Masters at MECA (Maine College of Art) in Portland, Maine, and succeeded in 2006 with a concentration in Studio Art and an enhanced focus on critical theory. Stefan’s graduate research involved the use of heraldic imagery, effigial design, and the depiction of armour to talk about human issues such as belonging, (in)security, and protagonism, and to engage both social critique and new forms of understanding regarding sub-culturally liminal space. Her text entitled “Lesbian Family Heraldry: An Achievement of Arms” was published in 2006 by Moth Press. Related and subsequent bodies of work including “The Lesbian Effigies”(2006) and “B is for Butch”(2010) exhibit Stefan’s LGBTQ conceptual track, as well as her technical experience in the media of oil, ink, and acrylic painting, graphite, charcoal, and ink drawing, lost-wax bronze sculpture, and monoprinting. Since the mid-90’s, Stefan’s practice has been rooted in an investigation of queer selfhood, making art and ideas that examine, redefine, and/or revel in notions of taboo, identity, gender, body, sexuality, and power. Shelley Stefan has published, lectured and exhibited her artwork in Canada, the United States, Italy, and China.
2006 MFA, Maine College of Art
1996 BFA, University of Notre Dame