Naomi Ben-Shahar is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in New York. Her work developed from her practice as painter and photographer, and her studies in fine art, film and philosophy. She has benefited from local and international support, including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY Foundation for the Arts, Edith Russ Site for Media Art in Germany, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris. Her work was shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in NY; the International Video Festival in Casablanca; Feature, Inc., White Columns, Invisible-Exports, and Bravin Post Lee galleries in NY; FA Projects in London; Edith Russ Site for Media Arts in Germany; Art and Process in Paris; Torch Gallery in Amsterdam; Camera Works in San Francisco; BY Art Projects in Tel Aviv, among others. Ms. Ben-Shahar curated contemporary art exhibitions for the NY City Opera at Lincoln Center in NY, taught photography at Fordham University and the International Center of Photography in New York, worked as a photo editor at the New Yorker magazine and Abbeville Press, was for many years an art advisor for 2x4, and was an image editor and editor at large at Cabinet Magazine for arts and culture.  


EDUCATION

1993 MFA, Hunter College, City University of New York, NY

1990 BA, Empire State College, State University of New York, NY

1989 Hamidrasha art school, Tel Aviv, Israel


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2005 Floating Inside Out, By Art Projects, Tel Aviv, Israel

2003 Oldenburg Candles (Oldenburg), Edith Russ Site for Media Arts, Germany

2002 Project Room, Gorney, Bravin & Lee, New York

1997 Photography, Feature, Inc., New York


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 83rd Artis Members Exhibition, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY

2014 The Botanica, Presented by AA Bronson & Michael Buhler-Rose, Invisible-Exports, New York, NY

2006 International Video Art Festival, Casablanca, Morocco

2004 Dave Allen, Naomi Ben-Shahar, Bernadette Corporation, Edith-Russ-Haus fur Mediekunst, Oldenburg, Germany.

Benefit Auction and Gala Exhibition, White Columns, New York, NY

2003 Video Invitational, fa projects, London, UK

Benefit Auction and Gala Exhibition, White Columns, New York, NY

2001 Open Studios, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY

Not A. Lear, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, and Art Process, Paris, France

Song Poems, Cohan Leslie and Browne, New York, NY

World Without Ground, Chase/Freedman Gallery, West Hartford, CT

Painting Not Painting, White Columns, New York, NY

2000 Not A. Lear, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, and Art Process Gallery, Paris, France

ANP city projects, Cokkie Snoei Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands

OutSideIn, The Lab, Los Angeles, CA

Hairy Forearm, Feature, Inc., New York, NY

1999 Avant Guardians, traveling show organized by Surface magazine. New York, NY;, Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA

Would Have Had, Cabinet gallery, London, UK

1998 Inauguration Show, M du B, F, H & G Gallery, Montreal, Canada

Feed, San Francisco Camera Work, San Francisco, CA

New Ground, Gallery at 678, New York, NY

Science, Feature, Inc., New York, NY

1997 Naomi Ben-Shahar, Bill Komoski, Michelle Lopez, Feature Inc.

1996 Ab Fab, Feature, Inc., New York, NY

1993 XII, Hunter Arts Gallery, New York, NY

1989 Four Artists, Julie M. Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel


AWARDS

2007 Fellow, Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris, Paris, France

2003 Fellow, Edith Russ Site for Media Arts, Oldenburg, Germany

2002 Fellow, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

2001 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Artists' Fellowship Grant, New York Foundation of the Arts, New York, NY

Artist-in-Residence, World Views, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, World Trade Center, New York, NY


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2003 Praxis Workshop, with Jeremy Bernstein, Edith Russ Site for Media Arts, Oldenburg, Germany

2001-2003 Fordham University, New York, NY, Dept. of Photography, Adjunct Professor

1999-2000 International Center of Photography (ICP), New York, NY


SPECIAL PROJECTS

2009-11 New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, Contemporary Art Curator

2004-5  New Yorker Magazine, Image Editor

2000-3  Cabinet Magazine, Image Editor

2001   World Without Ground, Curator, Chase/Freedman Gallery, West Hartford, CT


BOOKS AND CATALOGS

2011 Produced@ ed. By Sabine Himmelsbach, Edith-Russ-Haus fur Medienkunst, Revolver, Oldenburg, Germany

2004 Site Matters, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s World Trade Center Artists Residency, 1997-2001, DAP, New York, NY

2001 Song Poems, Edited and Published By Steven Hull, Los Angeles, CA


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2021 The Art Angle podcast, “Artists in Residence at the World Trade Center Reflect on 9/11”, Artnet news, Sept. 10th. 

2019 Subin Kwon and Jae Hyun Ki, “Naomi Ben-Shahar,” Plus Magazine, Issue 1,

November, p. 67-73

2013 Sivan Askayo, “New York for An Advanced Woman”, At magazine, June 7th,

p. 86-87

2010 Hagit Peleg Rotem, "Art is a Different Opera," Globes Magazine, November 11th, 2010

2005 Uzi Tsur, “Naomi Ben-Shahar, Floating Inside Out,” Haaretz, July 1, p. H3

Boaz Gaon, “Rising Dawn” Maariv, June 6, pp. 60-64

2004 Martin Wenecke, “Naomi Ben-Shahar’s Video Works,” Dissertation, Oldenburg University

2002 Stephanie Cash, "Studios in the Sky," Art in America, March 2002, pp 76-81

Martha Schwendener, "Urban Renewal," Time Out NY, Jan. 3-10, p. 52

2001 Exhibition Review, The New Yorker, Dec. 24 & 31, p. 22

"World Trade Center Artists Mount Exhibition," VOA News, Dec. 4

Holland Cotter, "Trade Center Studios Were Lost, but the Artists Get Their Day," The New York Times, Dec. 3, The Arts, p. E1

Daniel Belasco, "Trying Times Again," The Jewish Week, Dec. 7, Arts & Culture section

Tara Bahrampour, "Losing a Studio, But Not a Calling," The New York Times, Sept. 30, City, p. 7

2000 Frances Richards, "Trickster Eye," Cabinet, No. 1, winter 2000, p.32

"The Future of Photography" What's Next.New.Now" interview and presentation, N3TV: City TV, Toronto (internationally syndicated), Apr. 8

 Andrea Rosen, "Art, Commerce & the Mainstream," Paris Photo, No. 8, spring, pp. 24-40

"Can't Picture This," Time Out New York, February 10-17, p. 22

 Holland Cotter, “Surging Into Chelsea,The New York Times, Jan. 21, p. E37, 41

 "Naomi Ben-Shahar", Paris Photo European Guide, p. 32

1999 "Naomi Ben-Shahar," The 2nd Annual Avant Guardian Portfolio, Annual Edition of New American Talent, *Surface magazine, issue no. 20, pp. 128-131

1998 Mark Van Proyen, "Review," Artweek, July/Aug. p.24

Marcy Freedman, "Night and Day" SF Weekly, Apr. 29-May 5, p. 92

1996 Tom Moody, "Review," Art Papers, Nov./Dec., p. 56

Peter Schjeldahl, "Hudson’s Way," The Village Voice, 2 July, p. 87

Stewart Servetar, "Review," NYPress, 29 May, p. 78