Elizabeth Montgomery Shelton

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Elizabeth  Montgomery Shelton Biggers
Biggers, 2017
clay
11 x 9 x 5 in
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Elizabeth  Montgomery Shelton Afro Puff
Afro Puff, c. 1985
bronze
8 x 7 x 7 in
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Elizabeth  Montgomery Shelton Hope
Hope, 2017
clay
12 x 6 x 7.5 in
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Elizabeth  Montgomery Shelton Lilly_ T.K.
Lilly, T.K., c. 1985
terracotta
13 x 10.5 x 8 in
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Elizabeth  Montgomery Shelton Mother and Child
Mother and Child, 2017
clay
15 x 12 x 10 in
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Elizabeth  Montgomery Shelton Neighborhood Boy
Neighborhood Boy, 2016
bronze
22 x 10.5 x 9 in
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Elizabeth  Montgomery Shelton Objective
Objective, 2017
bronze
16.25 x 6.75 x 6 in
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Elizabeth  Montgomery Shelton

Elizabeth Montgomery Shelton

Elizabeth Montgomery Shelton Description

Elizabeth Montgomery Shelton (b. 1945)

Born in 1945, Elizabeth Montgomery Shelton is a native of Houston, Texas and has been a sculptor and painter since early childhood. Through her art, she has spent life reflecting and interpreting the world.  She captures the strength and sensuality of all women – especially women of color. Her bronze renditions of children remarkably eternalize their innocence and tender spirit. Throughout her works, you will find the use of African symbolism as a foundation to build on her Creole and African-American heritage. Her resulting works are vivid and energizing in their approach.

Shelton is a graduate of Texas Southern University, where she had the opportunity to study under two of the world's finest artists - the famous muralist and artist, Dr. John Biggers and Mr. Carroll Harris Simms, a renowned abstract sculptor. Carrol Simms was first to recognize her ability as a sculptor and encouraged her to do a terracotta sculpture of a mother and child. A photograph of the terracotta sculpture was used for the cover of the Christmas cards for Texas Southern University during the 1980s. Additionally, the same terracotta sculpture is listed and shown in a book written by Dr. John Biggers - Black Art in Houston. The Mother and Child sculpture (along with one of her other terracotta sculptures) is displayed as part of the permanent art collection in the University Museum on the campus of Texas Southern University, in Houston.

After her completion of study at Texas Southern University in 1970, Shelton studied in Paris with Martin Vaugel, an international sculptor. As a result of this international exposure, her work developed into a more powerful expression of real and abstract figures in bronze.  For over thirty years, Shelton worked as an arts educator in the Houston Independent School District at Robert E. Lee Senior High School, from 1970 until 2006.

Throughout her career, Shelton has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the state of Texas. Shelton’s awards include: 1990 NASA Plaque Award, “Outstanding Black Texas Artist,” 1996 Who’s Who among American Teachers (Art), and 1970 Juried show “Merit Award” with Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) – Houston, Texas. In 1969, she had a public installation at the University Museum in Texas Southern University, 1970 was when she installed another work at Mural at Golden State Insurance – Houston, Texas; and a metal work of art at the Abstract Fabrication (outside) at South Park Avenue – Houston, Texas.  Additionally, in 2000, Shelton was commissioned to do The Mountaintop Award, a bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, for the Black Heritage Society. The Mountaintop Award has been given to Rosa Parks, Mrs. Coretta Scott King and Nelson Mandela. In addition, she created another Mountaintop Award for Sheila Jackson Lee.

Her vision for the future is vast and her goal is to leave a mark on the world in bronze—in figurative, contemporary sculpture. Like her mentors at TSU, Shelton has spent a lifetime inspiring future generations of artists through her work as an educator and artist.

 

Biographical and Career Highlights

•1945                      Born in Houston, TX

• 1970                     Graduated with a B.A. in Art Education from Texas Southern University, Houston, TX

• 1970-2006       Taught Art at Robert E. Lee Senior High School in Houston Independent School District

• 2006                     Retired from teaching in Houston Independent School District after 36 years

• Currently resides in Houston, TX

 

Selected Exhibitions

• 2017-18             Homecoming: The 8th Biannual Art Alumni Exhibition, The University Museum, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX. 

• 2017                     Print & Plates: A Selection of Matrices, group show, curated by Sally Reynolds, Arts Brookfield, Houston, TX.

• 2017                     Solo Exhibition, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Houston, TX

• 2017                     On My Journey: The Legacy of John Biggers, curated by Sally Reynolds, Arts Brookfield, Houston, TX.

• 2015-16             Homecoming: The Seventh Biennial Art Alumni Exhibition, The University Museum, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX. 

• 2015                     The 18th Citywide African American Artists Exhibition, curated by Dr. Sarah A. Trotty, The University Museum, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX. 

• 2015                     The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

• 2014                     Circle of Six: Selected Works by TSU Alumni, a group exhibition, The University Museum, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX

• 2013                     Homecoming: The Sixth Biennial Art Alumni Exhibition, The University Museum, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX

• 2012                     One Woman Show, Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, TX

• 2003                     7th Annual Citywide African-American Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

• 2002                     5A Gala Auction, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

• 2001                     5th Annual Citywide African-American Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

• 2000                     16th Annual Gala, African American Museum, Dallas, TX

• 2000                     City Hall Annex, Houston, TX

• 2000                     One Woman Show, Houston, TX

• 2000                     Rice University, Houston, TX

• 2000                     Texas Southern University, Houston, TX

• 1999                     Youngman Branch Library, Houston, TX

• 1998                     Citywide African American Exhibition, Houston, TX

• 1998                     Community Artist Group (Armon Bayou), Houston, TX

• 1997                    1st Annual Citywide African-American Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

• 1990                     Art Expo 90, Sugarland, TX

• 1980                     Art League of Houston, Houston, TX

• 1977                     International Women’s Year National Conference, Houston, TX

• 1976                     One Woman Show, Adept New American Folk Center, Houston, TX

• 1975                     Community Artist Gallery, Houston, TX

• 1971                     College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX

• 1970                     One Woman Show, Community Artist Group (The Pavilion), Houston, TX

• 1970                     Albert Thomas Convention Center, Houston, TX

• 1970                     Links Society Art Show, Ft. Worth, TX

• 1970                     Sculpture and Ceramic Show, San Antonio, TX

• 1970                     Texas City Lighting and Power, Texas City, TX

• 1964                     Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

• 1964                     Jesse H. Jones Music Hall, Houston, TX

• 1960-64             Foley’s Scholastic Awards, Houston, TX

 

Selected Public Collections

• Golden State Insurance, Houston, TX

• Exxon Corporation, Houston, TX

• Texas Southern University, Houston, TX

 

Artist Statement

I praise God for this gift and to bring others to Christ through my artwork and that they never give up on what Christ has given them for his glory. 

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