“To him, it’s about urging people ‘at a granular level’ to start over, with less fear and more optimism.”
-- Los Angeles Times
(b. 1963, Miami) Stuart Sheldon is a multi media artist creating immersive installations and collage and text paintings that explore the edges of ecstasy and human folly, what connects and divides. Swan Dive is his most recent project, a podcast collecting oral histories of pivotal moments in meaningful lives, featuring inspired guests from all walks of life who took a major leap toward their vision. A proud member of the For Freedoms and Wide Awakes creative family, Sheldon's billboards, How Was School Today? and The Best Words appeared in Miami for two months during For 2018 Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative. For this, Sheldon won a 2018 Ellies Creator Award from Oolite Arts, honoring “the backbone of Miami’s visual arts community.” Sheldon dropped out of film school and taught himself to paint. He co-founded the award-winning Streaming Media Magazine in 2001 in San Francisco. Sheldon created and hosted the 2017 public television project, Meet Your Makers, in collaboration with The New Tropic and PBS. He spent 2018 teaching children art in an inner-city Miami public library as part of a ProjectArt artist-in-residence. Sheldon's work has been presented at the PAMM and MOCA museums in Miami, Apollinaire Fine Arts London, re: Publica Berlin, Art Miami, SCOPE, Pinta and galleries across the US. Collections/commissions include the Braman family and Royal Caribbean Cruises. Sheldon lives between Miami and a remote seaside village in Costa Rica with his wife and two young sons.