Naomi Ben-Shahar is an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary artist and curator living and working in New York. Her work consists of photographs, weaves, paintings, and video. She is interested in the lineage of women's artwork and the intersection of photography and craft. Ben-Shahar has benefited from international and local support by organizations such as the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYFA, Edith Russ Site for Media Arts (Germany) and the Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris in France. Her work was shown at galleries such as Feature, Inc. and Gorney Bravin & Lee in New York, FA Projects in London, Torch gallery in Amsterdam, Art Process in Paris, and BY Art Projects in Tel Aviv, and in museums such as the New Museum in New York. Ms. Ben-Shahar curated contemporary art exhibitions for the NY City Opera at Lincoln Center, taught photography at Fordham University and the International Center of Photography in NY, and was a photo and image editor for magazines such as the New Yorker and Cabinet, as well as for book publishers such as Abbeville Press, where she headed the photo department.


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


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


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


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 Emergency 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


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


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


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


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