Ela Shah

Phone #: 973 746 8058

E-mail: bipela@yahoo.com






Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ, M.A. in Fine Arts

C.N. College of Fine Arts, Ahmedabad, India, Diploma in Fine Arts

S.N.D.T University, Bombay, India, Bachelor’s Degree




2017: Studio Montclair "ViewPoints 2017" Honorable Mention award

2017: Arts in Montclair Banner Project Winner 

2006: New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship for Painting

1999:  New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship for Sculpture

1999:  Dodge foundation full fellowship for Vermont Studio Center

1995: NJ Innovative Printmaking Fellowship, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

1994: Medal of Honor and Amelia Peabody Memorial Award by National Ass. Women Artists NY. (Catalog)



Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions:

2018: (September) Constructing Identity in America (1766-2017) Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

2017: "Suddenly" Video Screening as part of Ornate / Activate at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum (Milwaukee)

2017:  Studio Montclair "ViewPoints 2017 "Aljira Gallery" Newark, NJ

2016: "Without Borders" Academy Square Gallery, Montclair, NJ

2014:”America” group show New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

2013: “Passages” solo show Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, NJ

2013:  “ Erasing Borders “ traveling Group show

2009: “contemporary India” Gallery Projects, Ann Arbor, MI

2009: National Association of Women Artists: 120 Years, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, NJ, The UBS Art Gallery, New York, NY (catalog)

2008: “Passage To New Jersey: Women Artists of the South Asian Diaspora in Our Midst” Brodsky Gallery New Brunswick NJ

2008: “Erasing Borders” The Guild Gallery, New York, NY, The Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Hammond Museum, North Salem NY, Queens Museum of Art, Corona Park, NY, Brownson Art Gallery, Westchester, NY. (Catalog)

2007: “Sultana’s Dream” Exit Art Gallery, New York, New York. (Catalog)

2007: “Erasing Borders” Guild Art USA New York, New York. (Catalog)

2007: “Erasing Borders” Queens Museum of Arts, Queens, New York.(Catalog)

2006: Solo show “Power Of Faith”, Tomasulo Gallery Union County College, Cranford NJ    

2006: “art wallah” Japanese American Cultural &Community Center, Los Angles, CA

2006: “art wallah” Bamboo Lane Gallery, Los Angles, CA

2005: “Fatal Desire” Queens Museum of Arts, Queens, New York. (Catalog)

2004: “Erasing Borders” Sponsored by Indo-American Arts Council, New York, NY. (Catalog)

2004: “Territories” Arts India Gallery, New York, NY. (Catalog)

2004: “Masala” Diversity and Democracy in South Asian Art, The William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2004: “The apparent Intersection of near and far: International perspectives in Contemporary Art” Hunterdon Museum of Arts Clinton, N J. (catalog)

2004: “Immigration Expectation” Paul Roberson Gallery, Rutgers University. Newark, NJ. (Catalog)

2004: “Merging Culture” William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ. (Catalog)

2004: “Unveiling The Image” New Jersey Center For Visual Arts, Summit, NJ. (Catalog)

2004: “Icons, Symbols, and Altars”, Noyes Museum Of Arts, Ocean Ville. (Catalog)

2004 “Celestial Boundaries” Montclair State University, NJ (catalog)

2003:  “Art Explores Religion” Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

2002:  “NJ Artists make prints” Rutgers Center for Innovative Print, N.J State Museum, Trenton. (Catalog)

2002:  “NJ Fine Arts Annual” Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ. (Catalog)

2002: “NAWA Collection” Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ

2001:   Solo Show “Faith” Johnson and Johnson World Headquarters, New Brunswick, NJ

2000:   Solo Show “Death Died” South Orange Gallery, S. Orange, N J

2001:  “NAWA SHOW” Grounds for Sculptures, Hamilton, NJ.

2000:  “West Orange Cow Parade 2000”,W. Orange NJ

2000:  “Contemporary Sculptures Chesterwood 2ooo” Chesterwood Museum, Stockbridge, MA

1997:  Solo show  “Sailing on Sands” Aljira Gallery, Newark

1997:  “Outdoor Sculpture” Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

1996   Solo show “Ela Shah” Lalit Kala Academy, Madras, India

1996:  Solo show “Search” Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay, India.

1995:  “Satellite choice” Artist's Space, NY, NY

1994:  “Small Works” City Without Walls Gallery & Travelling Show, Newark, NJ




Recent Public Collections:

N.J. State Museum, Trenton, NJ, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair. NJ; Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City NJ; NJ State Council of the Arts, NJ Air India, NY, NY; R.C.I.P Rutgers University, N.J; Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ; Jain Center in Europe (Mural), Leicester, U.K; Philomatheon Hall, University of Pennsylvania, PA. Children's Specialized Hospital, Mountainville, N.J; Indian Embassy, NY, NY; Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, NJ; Johnson and   Johnson Head Quarters; New Brunswick. NJ Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ




Recent Bibliography:

2013: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/57397-ela-shahs-art-depicts-the-struggle-of-immigrants- by Ilene Dube, The Artful Blogger

2009: New York Times, NY
2009: show on Blip tv http://aiietv.blip.tv/#1873347
2009: (May) (July), Arts and Entertainment, Montclair, NJ
2009: Asian Pacific Heritage Unity Art Page, Feature Article by Valerie Grant, CT
2008: The New York Times (regional section) – July 13 2008 “ A Collection Born of Cultural Dislocation” Article by Benjamin Genocchio on the Erasing Borders Exhibition organized by the Indo American Arts Council, New York. Indo-American Arts Council, New York.
2008: (Feb), Arts and Entertainment, Montclair Times, Montclair, NJ
2007: Cheers to Muses, Asian American Women Artists Association,

           August 2007 – To order go to www.aawaa.net
2007: (May), Arts and Entertainment, Montclair Times, Montclair, NJ
2007: India in New York Newspaper. “Arts of the Diaspora” by P. Rajendran. Cover story. Feb 9th
2007: India Abroad Newspaper (International weekly newspaper) “Erasing Borders with Lines” by P                    Rajendran. M6 Feb 23rd

2007: (SEP) TRACKS: Sultana’s Dream and the SAWCC, Brooklyn Trail by Maxwell Heller

2007: “Banged Up, Not Broken down” feature Article, Desi NJ Magazine NJ

2006: “Making a heaven” feature Article Sunday Star-Ledger NJ

2004: (April) Masala “Diversity and Democracy in South Asian Art” Review by Holland Cotter, New York Times, New York NY.

2004:  (April) “Art Through Global Prism” Review by Benjamin Genocchio, New York Times, New York NY.

2004: (March) “Diverse Hands” Review by Don Bischoff, Sunday Star-Ledger, NJ

2003: “Attempting to build bridges toward Tolerance” Sunday Star-ledger by Dan Bischoff

2002: New Jersey Network Show Images/ Imagenes Artist interview

2002: (May) Feature article “New York Times” by Pooja Makhichand

2000: (Nov) Review by Don Bischoff Star-Ledger, & Ernie Garcia Herald News, NJ

2000: (May) India Abroad, India Post, Feature Article “Gujarat” News Paper NY, NY

1998:  (June) Review by William Zimmer “New York Times”, N.Y. N.Y., Montclair Times, Montclair, N.J. "India Today," and "India Abroad" newspaper, NY, NY

1997:  (June) Review by William Zimmer “New York Times”, N.Y, N.Y. Montclair Times, Montclair, NJ

 1996:  (March) "India Today," & Feature Article "Masala Magazine"

1996:  (Jan) "Bombay Daily News" & "Madras Daily"

1995:  (Feb) Feature Article "Masala" Magazine, & (July) "Navapadkar" Newspaper