Shelby Marie Skumanich IS…
an artist, a quilt alchemist, a community facilitator, and an agent of change whose work thrives in the in-between and questions assumptions about craft and women’s work.
She received a Bachelors of Fine Art from Lesley College of Art and Design where she studied photography, booking making, and art history.
Shelby’s textile work focuses on autobiographical abstract modern quilts. She sees them as a form of alchemy: a process of transformation and creation. In quilting, she finds sanctuary, community, and connection to a rich history of women's work.
Her non-linear professional experience includes fine art, photography, sustainable agriculture, building business and operational systems, project management, conscious leadership, and community collaboration and facilitation through creative work. Currently, she works in process architecture, communications management, and operations intelligence for a biotechnology start-up. There, she puts her unique skill set to work designing documentation systems, managing short and long-term projects, and working cross-functionally to create cohesion and effective communication in the Operations department under executive leadership.
Her photographic and quilt work has been exhibited across the United States and she has received national recognition for her hand quilting. Her writing has been featured in national publications. She served on the Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild’s board of directors as President and was chairperson and facilitator for the guild’s 2017 exhibit How New is Modern? at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, in Golden, CO.