Curriculum Vitae

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Shelly Jyoti

A visual artist, fashion designer, poet and an independent curator



1995 F D C T National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, India.

1980 M.A English Literature, Punjab University, Chandigarh, India.

1978 B.A English Literature with Fine Arts, Punjab University, Chandigarh, India.

Areas of Specialization

Contemporary visual art; History of traditional textiles; Garment designing & documentation of period textiles; Studio Arts (painting, drawing, printing, dyeing); writing on Art and fashions; Installation Art

Research Interests: History of Colonial India; Visual culture; Critical Theory; Traditional textiles of India

Solo Exhibitions

Salt: The Great March 2013-15 Solo

  • 2015 Salt: The Great March, Azad Bhavan Gallery, Indian Council of Cultural Relations ICCR, New Delhi
  • 2014 Salt: The Great March, The Museum Dakshin Chitra, Chennai, India
  • 2014 Salt: The Great March, IIC India International Centre New Delhi, India
  • 2013 Salt: The Great March,IGNCA Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts New Delhi (2013)

Indigo: New works by Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina 2008-2014 (Two women show)

  • 2014 Indigo: New works by Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina, Gandhi Memorial Centre, Washington DC USA
  • 2013 Indigo: New works by Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina, Chicago Cultural Centre Chicago IL, USA
  • 2011 Indigo: New works by Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina, Diana Lowenstein Gallery Miami FL, USA
  • 2011 Indigo: New works by Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina, ArtXchange Gallery Seattle WA, USA
  • 2010 Indigo: New works by Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina, Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai
  • 2009 Indigo: New works by Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina, Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre New Delhi
  • 2009 Indigo: New works by Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina, ABS RedEarth Art       Gallery Baroda

Beyond Mithila: Exploring the Decorative 2008-12 Solo

  • 2010
 Beyond Mithila: Exploring the Decorative, Taj Palace, New Delhi.
  • 2009 
Beyond Mithila: Exploring the Decorative, Palm Court Gallery, India, Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
  • 2008
 Beyond Mithila: Exploring the Decorative, Woman Made Gallery Chicago.
  • Beyond Mithila: Exploring the Decorative, Jamaat Art Gallery, Mumbai.

Lyrical Abstraction: A Space for Abstraction & Muses  2007 Solo

  • 2007
Lyrical Abstraction: A room of /for muses works on canvas,
  • Experimental Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
  • 2008 Sristhi Art Gallery Welcome Hotel, Baroda.

Pastels, Inks, Drawings -Works on Paper 2005 Solo

  • ICC Milpitas, California.
  • 2004 Pastels, Inks, Drawings -Works on Paper , Welcome Art Gallery, Baroda.

Ethnicity and Symbols 2003 Solo

  • Ethnicity and Symbols, American India Foundation, AIF , California. USA
  • Ethnicity and Symbols , Indiana University, South Bend Indiana.

Woman of the New Millennium 1999-00 Solo

  • Shristi Art Gallery, Baroda.

Select Group Exhibition

  • 2018 Indian Textiles: Post-Independence through Textiles (1947-2018), Curated by Mayank Mansingh kaul, 15 June -1-July, 2018, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, India
    2013 CARE Package India International Centre,40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi
  • 2012
 CARE Package,Twelve Gate, Philadelphia,PA,Curator: Ombretta Agro.
  • United Art Fair, New Delhi
  • 20th Anniversary Exhibition : 20 Jurors Woman Made Gallery Chicago.
  • 2010
13th International Open, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago IL. Curator: Laura Kina.
  • Logged, Emami Chisel Art Calcutta, India. Curator: Amit   Mukhopadhya.
  • Art Fusion, Nehru Centre, Mumbai. Curator: Nina Rege.
  • Natures Fury@20×12 (Curatorial Digital Project), Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
  • 2009 Women Imaging Women: A Study of Female Portraiture, Robert Morris University, Chicago. Curator: Amy Galpin.
  • 2007
 The Spirit of India, Singapore. Curator: Anu Aggarwal.
  • Line and Form, The Mahua Art Gallery, and Bangalore.
  • Cynosure Lanxes, ABS Art Gallery, Baroda, Gujarat.
  • 2006 Creative Fantasy, The Mahua Art Gallery, Bangalore.
Elle Decor Art & Design Show, New Delhi. Curator: Dr. Alka Pande.
  • Here Comes the Bride, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. Curator: Beate Minkovski.
  • 2004
Print Making, Chaap, Baroda.
  • 2003
Women, Trauma and Visual Expression, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
  • 2002
Nature’s Fury, (curatorial project) Digital artwork, Srishti Art Gallery.
  • Voices against Violence, Fine Arts Faculty, Baroda.
  • 2001
Earthquake Relief Art Benefit, Fine Arts Faculty, Baroda.
  • Earthquake Relief Art Benefit, Artcore Gallery, Baroda.

Select Curatorial Projects


VASTRAM:Splendid World of Indian Textiles’ for ASEAN countries 2012
Indian council of cultural relations (ICCR project)
Authored the published catalog ‘VASTRAM:Splendid World of Indian Textiles

Awards /Grants

  • 2013 Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts IGNCA, New Delhi
  • 2012  Indian Council of Cultural Relations-‘Indigo Project International’, ICCR New delhi
  • 2010 Grant for curatorial project ’Natures Fury’ by Gujarat Sports & Culture Ministry2009,Gujarat
  • Grant for “Indigo Narrative” project by Gujarat Lalit kala Academy, Gujarat
  • 2004 “Artist of Eminence” by Baroda Management Association, Baroda, Gujarat
  • 1994 Best Traditional Craft Design Collection Award, NIFT New Delhi.

Publications –Authored Articles/Poetry/ Published Artwork

  • 2015 Ajrakh – Celebrating Textile traditons by Shelly jyoti – ITC magazine ‘Namaste’-Jodhpur issue
  • 2012-Authored the published catalog by Indian Council of cultural relations
  • ‘Vastram; Splendid Textiles of India
  • 2012
‘The Quilters’ Spring 2012- Brinda Gill
  • Published article on ‘Indigo Narratives’ series
Jyoti, shelly
  • ‘Sahitya Akedmi’ Indian English literature
( IL268- March April 2012 edition LV1 NO2)-Published art work.
Jyoti ,shelly
  • ‘Shringara’ by Dr Alka Pande-Published art work.
Jyoti ,shelly
  • Socleen journal-‘Genetically modified crops’ Published artwork.
  • 2010
 Jyoti, Shelly. Authored article ‘Art & Couture: The Collaborations.’ ArtETCMagazine.
  • Vol.9
Jyoti shelly(Visual Arts Publications IHC, New Delhi, 2010).
Jyoti, Shelly. Socleen Journal ‘Green Houses’ 2010. Published artwork.
  • 2009
Jyoti, Shelly. Socleen Annual Journal ‘Global Warming’. Published artwork.
  • 2008
Jyoti, Shelly. The Alchemist.(Institute of General Semantics, Texas USA)
Cover image.Published Art work.
  • 2007
Jyoti, Shelly. Spring Magazine. (St. Xavier University, Chicago)
Cover image.Published Art work.Jyoti, Shelly.
  • Sahitya Akademi. IL238. 2007. Poetry and Published Artwork.
  • 2002
Jyoti, Shelly, Raja Ravi verma . “Fusion of Art and Design.” Times of India.Published article.

Artist Lectures /Conferences /Workshops

  • 2014 Salt-A colonial Metaphor: Relavence today-Verbal , Visual and New Media Art by Shelly Jyoti,17th International Conference, Forum for Contemporary Theory Goa
  • 2014 Invoking history and celebrating the subaltern by Shelly Jyoti
  • Apparao Art Gallery, Magnolias, DLF phase 5, Gurgaon, Haryana
  • 2014 Invoking history and celebrating the subaltern by Shelly Jyoti Apparao Art Gallery, Chennai
  • 2014 Salt- A Colonial Metaphor: Relevance today by Shelly Jyoti, National Lalit kala Academy, Chennai(In collaboration with Dakshin Chitra Museum Chennai)
  • 2014 Textile Installation in Contemporary Visual Space by shelly jyoti National Institute of Fashion Technology,  Haus Khas, New Delhi
  • 2014 Gallery walk by the Artist, Curator and Poet: India International Centre, The Art Gallery,Kamala Devi Complex, Gate no: 1, 40 Max Muller Marg, New Delhi 110003 India
  • 2013‘Lincoln, Gandhi and Obama : A creative visual dialogue in Miniature painting style by Shelly Jyoti Academic paper, 31st Annual international ATWS conference,IIT  Chennai
  • 2013 Rebuilding: A Sense of Nationalism by An Artist talk by Shelly Jyoti
  • Indira Gandhi National Centre of the Arts, New Delhi
  • 2013 Quilting , Art history and Metaphor’ DePaul University students With Prof Jean Bryan Chicago Rooms, Chicago Cultural Center
  • 2013 Public Lecture Artist talk- ‘Indigo:Shelly Jyoti & Laura kina’ Shelly Jyoti, Laura kina and Pushpika Frietas ,Chicago Rooms, Chicago Cultural Center
  • 2013 Artist Talk-‘ Indigo: Shelly Jyoti & Laura kina’ Art Institute of Chicago, students with Prof Nora Taylor-
  • Asian Art Now, Chicago Cultural Center
  • 2013 Artist Talk: Art Institute of Chicago, Textile Society, Chicago Cultural Center
  • 2012 ‘The Spendid Textiles of India :Trade| Cotton| Cloth’ Forum on Contemporary Theory ,XV International Conference   Theme: ‘Media and Utopia: Imagination, History, Technology’ Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh  India
  • 2011Artist lecture & workshop ‘ Beyond Mithila Past & Present’ DePaul University, Chicago,IL
  • 2011 Visiting artist talk “Transnational Artistic Collaboration: Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina” Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL. Invited by Beate Minkovski, Director.
  • 2009Artist lecture The Politics of Indigo: Revisiting India’s Torrid Colonial Past, Centre
for Contemporary Theory and General Semantics, Baroda.
  • 2008
Artist lecture- Beyond Mithila Past & Present, University of Illinois, Chicago.
  • 2006
Workshop Madhubani Traditional Art Form /Artist lecture Fashion Designing as
a Career Opportunity, Vidya Vihar School, Baroda.
  • 2005Workshop Apparel Designing: Methods & Trends, Dept. of Home Science,
M.S. University, Baroda.
  • 2004
Artist lecture Experience Sharing as a Women Artist and a Designer, Seminar on
Women Force and Source, Baroda Management Association.
  • 2003
Workshop Madhubani Traditional Art Form, Stanley Clarkes School,
South Bend, Indiana.
  • 2002
Design lecture Technology and Computation Accelerating the Speed and Growth In the Garment Industry, Forum for Contemporary Theory, Baroda.
  • 1996
Designing Kids Wear from Concept to Consumer, six week programme design conducted for domestic market – NIFT New Delhi.

Jury & Related professional activity

  • 2015: Jury for JUNK JUSTAPOSED The Times of India initiative- Delhi chapter and National event
  • 2015 Jury for fashion show organized by Deccan Herald, New Delhi
  • 2014 : Jury and lectures at National Institute for Fashion Technology NIFT,New Delhi India
  • 2001 – 2005
Juror to fashion shows -National Institutes of Fashion Design, Baroda.
  • 1994-2003
Designed, manufactured garments under my own label ‘SHELLY JYOTI’ domestic market.
Freelance designer for export houses for American and European markets.
Coordinated fashion related courses in Fashion Institutes in India.
  • 1997
Designed & Painted the site Pre-nursery School, Delhi Public School East of Kailash New Delhi.
  • 1983-1985
‘Art studio for Creative Minds ‘ Pune Maharashtra.
Set up creative workshops for adults.
  • 1981-1983
Pre-nursery school ‘Little Angels Kindergarten School’ New Delhi.

 Advisory Board Member

  • Board Member-Special School & Centre for Autism -DISHA Baroda Gujarat-India.
  • Board member- Society for Clean Environment- SOCLEEN Baroda Gujarat India.

Professional Affiliations

Select Bibliography



Social Initiatives

  • Supporting Azrakh Textile artisans
  • Art for Adult Autism

Personal Information

Married, Two children

Birth: 1957, Rohtak, Haryana India

Lives in New Delhi and Gurgaon, India


B 43 Trinity Towers DLF Phase 5, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon 122002 Haryana, India

Cell: 91 9582252062 : 0124 4000154,