Curriculum Vitae

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Birth:1957, India


1995 F D C T National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, India.
1980 M.A. English Literature, Punjab University, Chandigarh, India.
1978 B.A. English Literature with Fine Arts, Punjab University, Chandigarh, India.

Select Two-Person/Group Exhibitions

Indigo: Shelly Jyoti and laura kina,
Chicago Cultural Centre, Chicago, IL Curator Greg Lunceford and  Lanny Silverman.

Indigo: Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami FL USA.
Indigo: Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina, ArtXchange, Seattle, WA USA.

Indigo: New works by Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina, Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai.

Indigo: New works by Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina, Palm Court Gallery,

India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Indigo: New works by Shelly Jyoti &Laura Kina, ABS Red Earth Art Gallery, Baroda Gujarat.

Select Group Exhibitions


CARE Package ,India International Centre,40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi – 110003

CARE Package,  Twelve Gate, Philadelphia, PA Curator: Ombretta Agro.
United Art Fair New Delhi
20th Anniversary Exhibition : 20Jurors Woman Made Gallery Chicago.

13th International Open, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago IL. Curator: Laura Kina.
Logged, Emami Chisel Art Calcutta, India. Curator: Amit Mukhopadhya.
Art Fusion, Nehru Centre, Mumbai. Curator: Nina Rege.Natures Fury@20×12 (Curatorial Digital Project), Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.

Women Imaging Women: A Study of Female Portraiture, Robert Morris University, Chicago. Curator: Amy Galpin.

The Spirit of India, Singapore. Curator: Anu Aggarwal.
Line and Form, The Mahua Art Gallery, and Bangalore.
Cynosure Lanxes, ABS Art Gallery, Baroda, Gujarat.


Creative Fantasy, The Mahua Art Gallery, Bangalore.
Elle Decor Art & Design Show, New Delhi. Curator: Dr. Alka Pande.
Here Comes the Bride, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. Curator: Beate Minkovski.

Print Making, Chaap, Baroda.

Women, Trauma and Visual Expression, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

Nature’s Fury, (curatorial project) Digital artwork, Srishti Art Gallery.
Voices against Violence, Fine Arts Faculty, Baroda.

Earthquake Relief Art Benefit , Fine Arts Faculty, Baroda.
Earthquake Relief Art Benefit, Artcore Gallery, Baroda.

Solo Exhibitions

(Forthcoming) Salt: The Great March, New Delhi.

Beyond Mithila: Exploring the Decorative, Taj Palace, New Delhi.

Beyond Mithila: Exploring the Decorative, Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

Beyond Mithila: Exploring the Decorative, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago.
Beyond Mithila: Exploring the Decorative, Jamaat Art Gallery, Mumbai.
A Space for Abstraction & Muses, Sristhi Art Gallery Welcome Hotel, Baroda.

Lyrical Abstraction: A room of /for muses works on canvas, Experimental Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

Works on Paper – Mixed Media, ICC Milpitas, California.
Pastels, Inks, Drawings Welcome Art Gallery, Baroda.

Ethnicity and Symbols I, American India Foundation, California.
Ethnicity and Symbols I, Indiana University, South Bend Indiana.

Woman of the New Millennium, Shristi Art Gallery, Baroda.

Awards and Grants

2012  Indian Council of Cultural Relations- ICCR ‘Indigo Project International’
2010 Grant for curatorial project ’Natures Fury’ by Gujarat Sports & Culture Ministry.
2009 Grant for “Indigo Narrative” project by Gujarat Lalit kala Academy.
2004 “Artist of Eminence” by Baroda Management Association, Baroda.
1994 Best Traditional Craft Design Collection Award, NIFT New Delhi.

Publications –


‘The Quilters’ Spring 2012- Published article on ‘Indigo Narratives’ series
Jyoti, shelly ‘Sahitya Akedmi’ Indian English literature
( IL268- March April 2012 edition LV1 NO2)-Published art work.
Jyoti ,shelly ‘Shringara’ by Dr Alka Pande-Published art work.
Jyoti ,shelly Socleen journal-‘Genetically modified crops’ Published artwork.

Jyoti, Shelly. Authored article ‘Art & Couture: The Collaborations.’ ArtETCMagazine.Vol.9
Jyoti shelly(Visual Arts Publications IHC, New Delhi, 2010).
Jyoti, Shelly. Socleen Journal ‘Green Houses’ 2010. Published artwork.

Jyoti, Shelly. Socleen Annual Journal ‘Global Warming’. Published artwork.

Jyoti, Shelly. The Alchemist.(Institute of General Semantics, Texas USA)
Cover image.Published Art work.

Jyoti, Shelly. Spring Magazine. (St. Xavier University, Chicago)
Cover image.Published Art work.Jyoti, Shelly. Sahitya Akademi. IL238. 2007. Poetry and Published Artwork.

Jyoti, Shelly, Raja Ravi verma . “Fusion of Art and Design.” Times of India.Published article.

Select Bibliography


‘Turkey Red Journal  Nature’s gallery Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina Volume 18 Issue 1 Spring 2013

Coverage of “Indigo: Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina” at the Chicago Cultural Center on “Community Roundup,” TV Asia(cable TV show), February 9, 2013.


ART INDIA reviews INDIGO works on a title ‘BLUE DYED GIRLS’ by Sandhya Bordewekar
vol17, september 2012 edition
Interviewed by Kathryn Myers, University of Connecticut A video project ‘Regarding India: Indian contemporary artists’.

Batet, Janet. “Redescubriendo la ruta del indigo.” El Nuevo Herald 22, May 2011.
Turner, Elisa. “Critics Choice Elisa Turner’s Picks for May 2011.” May 2011.
“City based Artists exhibition to open in Florida” Times of India, May 6, 2011, Ahemedabad edition.

“Needle Sharp.” Femina. 24 March, 2010.
“Historic Moments.” New Woman, Mumbai, February, 2010. 29.
Gupta, Gargi. “A Common Thread.” Business Standard. 16, January, 2010: Weekend Edition V.
Doshi, Riddhi. “A Creative Struggle.” DNA After Hrs, Mumbai. 13, January 2010.
Poonam, Goel. “Indigo Blues.” Deccan Herald. 7 January, 2010: Mixed Media 4.
Chattopadhyay, Sohini. “Azure Allure.” Open Magazine. 1, January, 2010: 56-57

HT Café. 13 January, 2010. 23.
Bhaskar, Divya. 11 January, 2010. 2 Goel, Poonam.

“Indigo Smorgasbord” The Pioneer. 29, December 2009. Viva City: 14.

Atistic Twosome.” The Asian Age. 29, December, 2009. The Age: 34.
“Artyfacts.” India Today. 28, December 2009. Home/Events: 68.
“Many Colours of Art” . Business Standard. 26, December 26, 2009. Weekend: 5.
“Indigo.” The Times of India. 25, December, 2009. What’s Hot: 28.
“Installed.” Mid-day. 23, December, 2009. 21.
“Indigo.” The Economic Times. 20, December 2009. 2.
Kalra, Vandana. “Blue Print.” Indian Express. 22, December 2009: 6.
Indian Contemporary Art Blog Posting 12, December, 2009.
Indian Art News Blog Posting 20, December, 2009.

“Indigo.” Financial Express. 20, December 2009. Multimedia, 8.
“Redefine.” Mail Today – News for the New Indian. 18 December, 2009: 28
“Beyond Blue Jeans.” Hindustan Times. Dec. 18, 2009:Fashion and Beauty.
“Indigo By Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina.” First City. December, 2009. 228-229.
City Guide Delhi recommendation “Art, Drama, Entertainment and More.” Good Housekeeping. December 2009. 166.
“Colonial Hues.” Design Today. December 2009. 85.
“Indigo: New works by Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina.” First City, Delhi’s City Magazine. December 2009. 228-229.
ML, Johny. “Indigo Inscriptions”; Vali, Murtaza. “The Dye That Binds: Indigo Iconographies”; Yee, Michelle. “Moving Materials:
Reclaiming Histories of Migration.” Indigo: New Work By Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina. New Delhi/Mumbai, India: self-publication, 2009. (catalogue).

Vora, Swapna. “Shelly Jyoti and Mithila: The Joy of decoration.”
“Interweaving: The Art of Shelly Jyoti.” May 2008.
Sharma, Meghna. “The Expressions.” TV Interview. Lok Sabha channel, New Delhi, 2009.
Mathur, Swati. ”Thread of Heritage.” India Today, 13, Oct, 2008.
Malhotra, Priya. “Interweaving: The Art of Shelly Jyoti.” 2008.
Maddox, Georgina. “Shelly Jyoti Contemporises Mithila Painting.” Forward Block, Indian Express. Mumbai, 7, Oct., 2008.

Jhony ML. “Lyrical Abstractions: A Room of/for the Muses.” The Alchemist. Volume 65, Number. 1 Jan, 2008. Cover art
Sharma, Supriya. “Fashionable Canvases.” The Hindu. 2007, New Delhi.
“Fashionable Art.” Pioneer. New Delhi, 2007.
TV interview- India Times New Time. New Delhi, 2007.
Banga, Mamta. “Wear This Art if You Wish.” The Hindustan Times, New Delhi, March, 2007.
“For This Artist, It’s All in the Eyes.” Indian Express. Baroda 7, Nov. 2007.

Kamath, Avinash. “Designers Paints New Women.” Indian Express. Viva City. 2000.
Shah, Amita Pratap. “The Evolution of Women.” Baroda Times. 13, Jan., 2000.
Jayraam, Monal. “Millennium Women.” Indian Express. 29 Dec. 1999.

 Artist Lectures ,Confrences and Workshops

January 30,2013 Artist Talk –’Quilting , Art history and Metaphor’ DePaul University students With Prof Jean Bryan Chicago Rooms, Chicago Cultural Center

January 31,2013 Public Lecture Artist talk- ‘Indigo:Shelly Jyoti & Laura kina’ Shelly Jyoti, Laura kina and Pushpika Frietas ,Chicago Rooms, Chicago Cultural Center

February 11,2013 Artist Talk-‘ Indigo:Shelly Jyoti & Laura kina’ Art Institute of Chicago, students with Prof Nora Taylor- Asian Art Now , Chicago Cultural Center
February 20,2013 Artist Talk: Art Institute of Chicago,Textile Society, Chicago Cultural Center


16–19 December 2012 ‘The Spendid Textiles of India :Trade| Cotton| Cloth’ Forum on Contemporary Theory ,XV International Conference   Theme: ‘Media and Utopia: Imagination, History, Technology’ Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh  India


Artist lecture &workshop ‘ Beyond Mithila Past & Present’ DePaul University, Chicago,IL

June 18, 2011 Visiting artist talk “Transnational Artistic Collaboration: Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina” Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL. Invited by Beate Minkovski, Director.

Artist lecture The Politics of Indigo: Revisiting India’s Torrid Colonial Past, Centre
for Contemporary Theory and General Semantics, Baroda.

Artist lecture Beyond Mithila Past & Present, University of Illinois, Chicago.

Workshop Madhubani Traditional Art Form /Artist lecture Fashion Designing as
a Career Opportunity, Vidya Vihar School, Baroda.


Workshop Apparel Designing: Methods & Trends, Dept. of Home Science,
M.S. University, Baroda.

Artist lecture Experience Sharing as a Women Artist and a Designer, Seminar on
Women Force and Source, Baroda Management Association.

Workshop Madhubani Traditional Art Form, Stanley Clarkes School,
South Bend, Indiana.

Design lecture Technology and Computation Accelerating the Speed and Growth In the Garment Industry, Forum for Contemporary Theory, Baroda.

Designing Kids Wear from Concept to Consumer, six week programme design conducted for domestic market – NIFT New Delhi.

Related Professional Activity

2001 – 2005
Juror to fashion shows – National Institutes of Fashion Design, Baroda.

Designed, manufactured garments under my own label ‘SHELLY JYOTI’ domestic market.
Freelance designer for export houses for American and European markets.
Coordinated fashion related courses in Fashion Institutes in India.

Designed & Painted the site Pre-nursery School, Delhi Public School East of Kailash New Delhi.

‘Art studio for Creative Minds ‘ Pune Maharashtra.
Set up creative workshops for adults.

Taught pre-nursery school ‘Little Angels Kindergarten School’ New Delhi.

Advisory Board Member

Board member-Baroda Citizen Council- BCC Baroda.Gujarat India.
Board member-Special School & Centre for Autism -DISHA Baroda Gujarat-India.
Board member-Society for Clean Environment- SOCLEEN Baroda Gujarat India.

Professional Affiliations

Woman Made Gallery, Chicago IL USA.
Forum for Contemporary Theory Baroda, India.
DAAN-The Diasporic Asian Art Network, New York.

Social Initiatives

Supporting Azrakh textile printers.
Art for Adult Autism


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