Beeler Gallery Announces Exhibition Featuring Never-Before-Seen Works by the Late Artist Alan Shields


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Beeler Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Alan Shields: A New Kind of Painting, which opens to the public Aug. 22, 2017, and runs through Jan. 2, 2018.

The exhibition will feature more than 25 of Shields’ textile works, including several pieces that have never been seen before.

Shields, who died in 2005, learned to quilt in his native Kansas before moving to New York and creating works that were meant to reimagine what and where paintings could be.

“Alan was making paintings that were meant for future spaces — they were adaptable, flexible, and meant to be open to multiple forms of installation,” said Ian Ruffino, Interim Director of Exhibitions at Beeler Gallery. “He made paintings that were related to the Buckminster Fuller concept of new architecture and weren’t necessarily wallbound.”

A concurrent exhibition called Stitch will feature work from artists who share Shields’ affinity for paintings made from textiles. Those artists include Simon Fujiwara, Channing Hansen, Alana IturraldeOscar Murillo, Paulina Olowska, Frances Trombly, and Brent Wadden, among others.


Alan Shields: A New Kind of Painting and Stitch open Aug. 22, 2017, and run through Jan. 2, 2018. An opening reception will take place Sept. 7.



Born in 1944 in Herington, Kansas, Alan Shields attended Kansas State University, studying civil engineering and studio art. He moved to New York in 1968 and created three-dimensional, two-sided, and architecturally adaptable paintings. He showed with Paula Cooper Gallery from 1968 to 1991, and his estate is represented through Van Doren Waxter.

Recent exhibitions have included Alan Shields: Protracted Simplicity (1966-1985), Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado (2016) and Alan Shields: In Motion, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York (2015). Shields’ work is included in a number of museum collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Tate Collection, London.



Beeler Gallery is the main public exhibition space at Columbus College of Art & Design. The gallery showcases work by contemporary artists and designers from around the world. Beeler Gallery also brings world-class speakers — from animators and authors to filmmakers and designers — to talk at CCAD as part of the Beeler Gallery Visiting Artists & Scholars Series.

All events are free and open to the public.

Beeler Gallery is located at 60 Cleveland Ave. in Columbus, Ohio. It’s open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The gallery is closed Monday. For more information, visit



Jeannie Nuss
Senior Media Relations Specialist 
Columbus College of Art & Design


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