Jury / Lectures / Talks / Conferences

Above image: Public lecture at Chicago Cultural Centre, IL,USA 2013

Shelly Jyoti’s research as an artist addresses contemporary art that stems from social concerns, narrating the history of colonial India, transnational economic interchanges, issues of immigration and celebrating the subaltern.

She is invited as a visiting artist lecturer, juror and panel participant on topics relevant to her research. She also presents her work in academic conference presentations and community arts forums and has been a keynote speaker in many national and international conferences.

To extend an invitation, please contact her at shellyjyoti12@yahoo.com

Lectured Organizations

Art Institute of Chicago; Textile Society of the Art Institute of Chicago; University of Illinois, Chicago; Palo Alto Art centre, California; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago; Anne Lloyd Gallery Decatur USA; DePaul University, Chicago IL; National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi India; M.S university, Baroda, Gujarat, India; Lalit kala Academy, Chennai; Apparao Gallery, Chennai, India; Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi, India; India International Centre, New Delhi, India; Association of third world studies annual conferences; Centre for Contemporary Theory and General Semantics, Baroda, India

Video and audio samples





‘Indigo as a Textile Art’- In conversation with Historian Lisa Trivedi,  South Asia Institute, Chicago IL

‘Indigo as Art and Commodity’,  A panel discussion-moderated by Dr Madhuvanti Ghosh and Prof Shaurya kumar 

South Asia Institute, ChicagoIL 


 2022 “Digital Reality During Pandemic Times: Epoch 2020” Palash art lectures, IGNCA, New Delhi


2021 “Mapping Ajrakh Textile Traditions Through Contemporary Art and Craft,” Birla institute of Art & Design, Calcutta 

2021 “Khadi & Ajrakh Embodies Swadeshi Movement: Relevance of Gandhi in Present Tense,” Embassy of India San Francisco CA  

2021 “Integrating Art, Craft and Design: Through Textile Art and Installation in Contemporary Visual Space,” National institute of Fashion technology, Bengaluru

2021 “Revisiting Gandhi in Pandemic Times: An Artistic Journey Through Ajrakh” Production,” Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralya CSMVS, Mumbai

2020 “Gandhi’s Thought Leadership in Relevance: Through Textile Art and Installation,” Indian Embassy  of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Translating Gandhi in 21st century: The journey of a textile artist, online lecture at India International Centre, New Delhi

39th Gandhi week: being the change, Artist lecture  at Indian Embassy  of Sao Paulo, Brazil
 ‘Gandhi’s thought leadership in relevance: Through textile art and installation
2020 Imagined Communities: Swaraj and collectiveness
Facebook live Artist lecture@Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi

National Museum of India, ‘Gandhi’s thought leadership in relevance to the 21stC: Textile production in contemporary art and craft’ Janpath, New Delhi
lady Irwin college, ‘Gandhi’s thought leadership in relevance to the 21stC: Through textile art and installations’ New Delhi
India Foundation ‘International Conference on Soft power ‘Gandhi’s thought leadership in relevance to the 21stC: Through textile art and installations’ Taj Hotel, New Delhiin
collaboration with University of Southern California, USC Public Diplomacy

George Washington University, Textile Museum, ‘Mapping ajrakh traditions in contemporary art and craft’, Washington Dc
 Panel discussion-‘Khadi and sustainability’ YES Bank Culture initiate
Ajrakh workshop and Talk, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi

 Film screening and poetry reading, National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore
Juror Re-discovering Cultures:Transforming Fashion, National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, December 2017
An Artist Talk INDIGO, SALT, AND KHADI: Textile art as an Expression of National Identity by Shelly Jyoti at Palo Alto Art Center, California, August 31, 7.00pm, 2017

An Artist lecture: Textile Installation in Contemporary Visual Space National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bengaluru, August 8, 2017


XIX International Conference, The Forum on Contemporary Theory, Baroda, Gujarat
18-21 December 2016, Venue: Doon University, Dehradun

Panel DiscussionThe Poetics of Khadi: Cutting across time and space
Bikaner House, Shahjahan Road, India Gate, New Delhi, October 21, 2016
PANELISTRitu Beri-Fashion designer; Meenakshi lekhi-MP; Shelly Jyoti- A visual/ textile artist; Geeta Goradia- Chairperson Jewel Industries, Varsha Das- A Gandhian thinker, art critic and littterateur; Poonam Goel-Delhi based art writer (moderator). Click to view the event
Click to view the video of the event sponsored by Yes Institute

A Gallery walkMapping Ajrakh textile traditions in contemporary art and craft’ Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat centre, New Delhi  Oct 22, 2016

A Talk: ‘The Making of The Khadi March: Just Five Meters:  Concept, processes  and installations’
Textile Design Students, National Institute Of Fashion Technology, Oct18, 2016


Paper presentation– The khadi March: Gandhi’s Political Enlightenment Traversing Human Lives and Humanity By Shelly Jyoti

XVIII International Conference ‘The Wider Significance of Nature’,20-23 December 2015, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack Odisha, India

A Talk ‘ Indigo: Narratives: An Ode to Neel Darpan’ Shiv Nadar school, Noida. Nov 4, 2015

Juror  Final Round of student design competition ‘Junk Juxtaposed’ organized by NIFT, Delhi
National Fashion Olympiad event.Feb 2015

Juror  Deccan herald, Deccan Herald Metro life Fashion Show. Feb 2015
Juror ‘Junk Juxtaposed’ installations, NIFT Fashion Olympiad. January 2015

Juror ‘Junk Juxtaposed’ installations, NIFT Fashion Olympiad. January 2015

Salt-A colonial metaphor: Relevance today – Verbal, Visual and New Art media by Shelly Jyoti
17th International Conference , Forum for Contemporary Theory, Goa, India, December 2014

Juror Textile designs students. ‘Textile Art’, NIFT, New Delhi, November 2014

Invoking history and celebrating the subaltern by Shelly Jyoti
Apparao Art Gallery, Magnolias, DLF phase 5, Gurgaon, Haryana, India,October, 13, 2014

Invoking history and celebrating the subaltern by Shelly Jyoti
Apparao Art Gallery, Chennai, October, 4, 2014

Salt- A Colonial Metaphor: Relevance today by Shelly Jyoti

National Lalit kala Academy, Chennai
(In collaboration with Dakshin Chitra Museum Chennai) October 3, 2014

Textile Installation in Contemporary Visual Space by shelly jyoti
National Institute of Fashion Technology, Haus Khas, New Delhi, Sept 24, 2014

Gallery walk by the Artist, Curator and Poet
India International Center, The Art gallery
Kamala Devi Complex, Gate no: 1, 40 Max Muller Marg, New Delhi 110003 India, September 6, 13, 2014


Lincoln, Gandhi and Obama : A creative visual dialogue in Miniature painting style by Shelly Jyoti
Academic paper, 31st Annual international ATWS conference, IIT Chennai, New Delhi


Rebuilding: A Sense of Nationalism by Shelly Jyoti
Indira Gandhi National Center of the Arts, New Delhi, October 9, 2013


Artist Talk, Quilting, Art history and Metaphor
DePaul University students With Prof Jean Bryan Chicago Rooms, Chicago Cultural Center,IL,USA January 30, 2013


Artist talk (Public Lecture) 
‘Indigo: Shelly Jyoti & Laura kina’By Shelly Jyoti, Laura kina and Pushpika Frietas
Chicago Rooms, Chicago Cultural Center, IL USA, January 31, 2013


Artist Talk
Indigo:Shelly Jyoti & Laura kina
Art Institute of Chicago, Students with Prof Nora Taylor, Chicago Cultural Center
February 11, 2013


Artist Talk
Art Institute of Chicago, Textile Society
Chicago Cultural Center, IL, USA
February 20, 2013



Paper presentation
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


Artist lecture & workshop
Beyond Mithila: Past & Present
DePaul University, Chicago, IL, USA


Artist talk
Transnational Artistic Collaboration: Shelly Jyoti and Laura Kina
Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
Invited by Beate Minkovski, Director.


Artist lecture
The Politics of Indigo: Revisiting India’s Torrid Colonial Past
for Contemporary Theory and General Semantics, Baroda, Gujarat, India


Artist lecture
Beyond Mithila Past & Present
University of Illinois, Chicago IL, USA

Madhubani Traditional Art Form

Artist lecture Fashion Designing as 
a Career Opportunity,
Vidya Vihar School, Baroda, Gujarat, India

Apparel Designing: Methods & Trends
Dept. of Home Science, M.S. University, Baroda, Gujarat, India


Invited speaker
Experience Sharing as a Women Artist and a Designer
Seminar on 
Women Force and Source Baroda Management Association, Baroda, Gujarat, India


Artists talk and workshop
Workshop Madhubani Traditional Art Form
Stanley Clarkes School,
 South Bend, Indiana, USA


Paper presentation
Technology and Computation Accelerating the Speed and Growth In the Garment Industry
Forum for Contemporary Theory, Baroda, Gujarat, India


Course co-ordinator

Designing Kids Wear from Concept to Consumer
Six week design program conducted for domestic market
National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, India