Baltimore, b.1971

Tony Shore

Known for his paintings on black velvet, Tony Shore elevates a medium often written off as kitsch or lowbrow through a mastery of technique and the sincerity with which he approaches his subjects. His paintings of family life, gang violence, and street crime are literally and figuratively dark, the subjects and medium intertwined, each with its own value and history.

Tony Shore has been a full-time faculty member at MICA since 2000 and is currently serving as Painting Department Chair. His many awards and honors include being a recent recipient of the Kresge Arts in Baltimore grant and the winner of both the Jane & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize (2007) and the Bethesda Painting Award (2005), as well as a number of Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards. Besides...

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Biography

Known for his paintings on black velvet, Tony Shore elevates a medium often written off as kitsch or lowbrow through a mastery of technique and the sincerity with which he approaches his subjects. His paintings of family life, gang violence, and street crime are literally and figuratively dark, the subjects and medium intertwined, each with its own value and history.

Tony Shore has been a full-time faculty member at MICA since 2000 and is currently serving as Painting Department Chair. His many awards and honors include being a recent recipient of the Kresge Arts in Baltimore grant and the winner of both the Jane & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize (2007) and the Bethesda Painting Award (2005), as well as a number of Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards. Besides receiving his bachelor of fine arts at MICA, Shore studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and received his masters from the Yale University School of Art.

Artworks

13

Glass Upholstery, 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Acrylic on Velvet / Acrylic Paint / Acrylic Painting / American Art / Art of the 2000s / Art of the 2010s / Baltimore / Chaos/Crime / Contemporary American Art / History/Historical Approach / Painting / United States / Urban Issues / Urban Landscape / Velvet / Violence

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1997

    M.F.A. Yale University, School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut

  • 1996

    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine

  • 1993

    B.F.A. Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Blue-Collar Baltimore: New American Realism, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

  • The Culture of Class, York College Art Galleries, Marketview Galleries, York, Pennsylvania

  • 2013

    Harry, Pinkard Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Fears of Art, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • 2018

    Art Miami, Ethan Cohen Gallery, Miami

  • May China International Art Expo: Fine Arts Museum of Urumqi, Urumqi, Xinjiang China; Chinese National Academy of Painting, Beijing, China

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Education

  • 1997

    M.F.A. Yale University, School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut

  • 1996

    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine

  • 1993

    B.F.A. Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

  • 1989

    Baltimore School for the Arts, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Painting Department Chair, Maryland Institute College of Art

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Blue-Collar Baltimore: New American Realism, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY

  • The Culture of Class, York College Art Galleries, Marketview Galleries, York, Pennsylvania

  • 2013

    Harry, Pinkard Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

  • 2008

    Violence and Tranquility, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

  • 2006

    New Paintings by Tony Shore, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

  • "Back in Black” A Decade of Velvet Paintings, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, Maryland

  • 2004

    Hidden Truths, New Paintings by Tony Shore, C. Grimadis Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

  • 2000

    Tony Shore, Gomez Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland (1998, 2000)

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Fears of Art, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • 2018

    Art Miami, Ethan Cohen Gallery, Miami

  • May China International Art Expo: Fine Arts Museum of Urumqi, Urumqi, Xinjiang China; Chinese National Academy of Painting, Beijing, China

  • 2018 Alumni Biennial Exhibition, Juried by Claire Gilman (Director of the Drawing Center N.Y.C.) Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

  • People and Places, BWI Thurgood Marshall International Airport Art Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

  • 2017

    May China International Art Expo: Fine Arts Museum of Karamay, Karamay, Xinjiang China; Fine Arts Museum of Tian Shan, Urumqi, Xinjiang, China; Chinese National Academy of Painting, Beijing, China

  • 2016

    Baltimore Rising, Riggs / Leidy Galleries, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Trawick Prize, Gallery B, Bethesda, Maryland

  • 2015

    MICA Then and Now, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, New Jersey

  • 2013

    MICA Then and Now, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts and Kunsthalle Beacon, New York and Beacon, New York

  • 2011

    Faculty Sabbatical Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Power Struggles, Goucher College, Towson, Maryland

  • 2009

    The American Scene, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, Delaware

  • Summer Show, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland

  • 2008

    Cool, George Adams Gallery, New York, New York

  • Salon, Sloan Fine Arts, New York, New York

  • Trawick Prize, Heineman Myers Contemporary, Bethesda, Maryland

  • Born Bornagain, Five Myles, Brooklyn, New York

  • Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize Exhibition, Baltimore Museum of Art Baltimore, Maryland

  • 2007

    Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize Exhibition, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

  • 2006

    Resident Artist Exhibition, Museum de Rocheforte, Rocheforte-en-terre, France

  • Bethesda Art Prize Exhibition, Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland

  • 2000

    Biennial 2000, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware

  • Pogo, Contemporary Arts Collective Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Culture of Class, Curator Will Hipps, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

Grants/Awards

  • 2018

    May China International Arts Expo, 1 of 8 American artists invited for cultural exchange in the Xin Xiang Province of China. (invited to participate in 2 Museum Exhibitions and panel discussions in the cities of Beijing Hami and Urumqi

  • 2017

    Franz and Virginia Bader Fund Grant, Mid-Atlantic.

  • Residency, Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, New York.

  • May China International Arts Expo, 1 of 5 American artists invited for cultural exchange in the Xin Xiang Province of China. (invited to participate in 3 Museum Exhibitions and panel discussions in the cities of Beijing, Urumqi, and Karamay

  • 2016

    Rubys Artist Grant, Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Trawick Prize Finalist, Bethesda, Maryland

  • 2008

    Trawick Prize Finalist, Bethesda, Maryland

  • 2007

    Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize, Baltimore, Maryland

  • 2005

    Bethesda Painting Prize, Bethesda, Maryland

  • 2003

    Weinberg Fellow, Baltimore, Maryland

  • 2002

    Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and Grant, Baltimore, Maryland

  • 2001

    Greater Baltimore Committee, Leadership 2001, Baltimore, Maryland

  • 2000

    Open Society Institute, Community Fellow, Baltimore, Maryland

Bibliography

  • 2016

    Tim Smith, “ ‘Baltimore Rising’ addresses race rights and violence in the wake of Freddie Gray”, (November 4) Baltimore Sun

  • Kriston Kapps, “ ‘Baltimore Rising’ and the Role of Art in Settling History”, (November 22) CITYLAB

  • Cara Ober, “Black Lives Matter: Protest in Red, White, and Blue”, (November 14) Bmore Art

  • On The Record with Sheilah Kast, “Baltimore Rising: An Exhibition at MICA”, (November 4) WYPR 88.1 FM

  • Marc Stiener Show, “Baltimore Rising : Art in Revolution”, (November 15) WEAA 88.9 FM

  • Betsy Boyd, “Afraid of the Dark?” (September), Baltimore Style

  • 2013

    Michael Farley, “Tracing a Father’s Presence”, March 3 What Weekly Magazine

  • Baynard Woods, “Two Shows Demonstrate the Power of Figurative Painting”, City Paper

  • Kerr Houston, “Harry”, March, Catalogue Essay

  • 2008

    Michael Anft, “Bringing It All Home” (March) Baltimore Magazine , pages 96-102

  • Glen McNatt, “ Violence on Black Velvet” (February 10) Baltimore Sun. page 23A

  • Glen McNatt, “ Picturing the Dark Side” (February 6) Baltimore Sun. page C1

  • 2007

    Glen McNatt, “ Pushing the Velvet Envelope” (July 16) Baltimore Sun. page C1

  • 2006

    J . Bowers , “Nap of the Earth” (March 15) City Paper, page 36

  • Glen McNatt, “Who Cares How Big Kitsch Quotient Is ?” (August 1) The Baltimore Sun, pages F1-2

  • 2003

    Blake De Pastino, “Hot Pop” ( July 30) City Paper, pages 23-24

  • Carl Schoettler, “Hometown Flair” ( July16) The Baltimore Sun, pages E1, 5.

  • 2000

    Allison Klein, “Velvet Touch” (August 6) The Baltimore Sun, pages F1, 8-9