Curriculum Vitae

Shani Crowe

b. 1989, Chicago IL


2011                Howard University, Washington D.C., Bachelor of Arts                  

Solo Exhibitions

2016                "BRAIDS," Fountain Head Lofts, Chicago Art District, Chicago IL 

2016                “The Art of Braiding,” Soho House, Chicago IL 

2014                “HighCoup,” Elee.Mosynary Gallery, Chicago Art District, Chicago IL

Group Exhibitions

2019         "Thrival Geographies (In my Mind I see a Line)," as part of Dimensions of Citizenship, at Wrightwood 659,

Chicago, IL

2019                "In Place of Now,” Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany, Albany, NY

2018                "The Rest in Power, Rest in Peace," as part of 29 Rooms, Refinery 29, Chicago, IL

2018                "Thrival Geographies," as part of Dimensions of Citizenship, Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy

2015                "Shift: Chicago Artist Collectives," Columbia University, Chicago, IL

2015                "Black to the Future," Barbara Sizemore Academy, Chicago, IL

2014                "S.W.A.N." Ian Sherwin Gallery, Chicago, IL

Art Expositions

2018                Scope New York: "Untitled,” in collaboration with Bryant Giles, Good Details Gallery. New York, NY 

2017                Scope Miami Beach: "Boundless Bounty of Dreaming," in collaboration with Max Sansing, Good Details                   Gallery. Miami, FL


2018                "Black Woman Space, a Performative Primer," as part of Dimensions of Citizenship, Venice Architecture                                  Biennale, Venice, Italy 

2017                “No White People Were Harmed…,” The Broad Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2017                “New Growth,” UICA, Grand Rapids, MI

Special Projects

2018                Random Acts of Flyness, HBO Studios

2016                Solange Knowles, Saturday Night Live performance


2019        Chen, Nancy.  “A Space for Citizenship: The U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale on View

for the First time in the United States” NewCity Design, April 2, 2019

2019         “Who’s Got Next?”. Chicago Magazine, March 27, 2019

2019         Vitali, Marc. “Artists, Architects Reimagine the Possibilities of Design in ‘Dimensions of Citizenship’. WTTW

Chicago, March 12, 2019

2018                Davidson, Eliza. "29Rooms Chicago is an Artist Feast for the Senses", July 25, 2018

2018                Kamin, Blair. "Chicago in Venice: A first look at the U.S. pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale".                                    Chicago Tribune, May 23, 2018.

2018                Schott, Julie. "What Artist Shani Crowe Wants You to Know About Braids"., January 11, 2018

2018                Valenti, Lauren. "These 5 Women Are Living Works of Art, From Their Neon Braids to Natural Hair                                           Sculptures"., February 27, 2018

2018                Codinha, Cotton. "Shani Crowe on the Art of Creating Showstopping Braids"., April 21, 2018

2017                Sargent, Antwaun. "For Solange Collaborator Shani Crowe, Braids are Art"., July 4, 2017

2016                Pierre, Sharlyn. "Shani Crowe Creates Royal Headdresses Suitable For Solange". W,                                         November 7, 2016

2016                Best, Tamara. "Black Women and Braids: Images Align Their History"., August 25, 2016

2016                "Best of Chicago 2016". Chicago Magazine, July 11, 2016


2015                Instructor, University of Chicago, Summer Lab

2015                Guest Lecturer, A Long Walk Home, Inc.,

2014                Instructor, University of Chicago, Summer Lab

Awards and Grants

2015                3AP Artist, 3Arts

2010                Recipient Trustee Scholarship


Private Collection: Chicago, New York, Toronto and Washington D.C.