Stuart Shepard, born 1996 in Richmond, Virginia, graduated with a dual degree in Craft/Material Studies and Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. Their work grapples with notions of materiality, gender, queerness, power, and history through weaving and other related fiber processes. Shepard has been weaving for over two years and is particularly interested in the queering of objects, processes, and craft. Weaving is highlighted in much of their work as they ask the question: Is it possible to queer an inherently binary structure such as weaving? In addition to Virginia Commonwealth University, Shepard has studied at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Penland School of Craft, and Peters Valley School of Craft. Their work has appeared in the 2016 show, Spotlight on Student Fiber Trends at the University of Kentucky and won Best in Show at the 2017 VCU Undergraduate Juried Show.

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