Yvonne Shortt is a public artist investigating race, space, disability, and community. Shortt’s projects frequently span years, starting with a guiding question, moving on to exploration, public reaction, and further exploration. She works with clay, steel, wood, paint, concrete, and marble dust.
Shortt’s work includes 20 large afro picks (five to six feet tall) in public spaces across several states. The pieces are a physical representation of an exploration of personal narratives. Other works include: taking ownership of public spaces around NYC and installing functional and nonfunctional sculpture; 3-dimensional murals that span 20,000 square feet of underpass wall space; curation of outdoor sculpture gardens, and installation of public sanctuaries using cinderblocks, sculpture, and water.
Shortt’s supporters include Illumination Fund, Queens Council for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Burning Man, New York City Council. Eileen Fisher, Norwalk Art Space, National Endowment for the Arts, and Socrates Sculpture Garden.
Selected works are currently on view at Queens College Campus, Marymount Manhattan College, Macdonald Park, Norwalk Art Center, Forest Park, Elmhurst Sculpture Garden, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, and Underground Railroad Education Center.
Shortt is the newest member of A.I.R. Gallery, a collective of women and nonbinary artists founded in 1972.