SHAQE KALAJ

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Education

Internet Marketing & Business Training with Terry Dean, online -- 2011 to Present
Creative Coaching Certificate, Creative Coaching Association, Online -- 2012
Art Ed Teaching Certificate, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI -- 2006
Post Grad - Printmaking, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI -- 2002
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting & Graphic Design, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI -- 1995

Socially Engaged Projects

2009 - Present

"The Potential Project," online & Northampton, Massachusetts-- 2015 (ongoing)
"Child Narratives," Metropolitan Detroit-- 2012 (ongoing)
"Downtown Foot Project," Plymouth and Northville, MI-- summer 2011
"Art & Ideas Gallery," Plymouth, MI -- 2009 to 2014

Solo Exhibitions

2011

“Embodiment” Adrian College, Adrian, MI
“Works in Progress” Art & Ideas, Plymouth, MI
“Downtown Foot Art” Art & Ideas, Plymouth, MI
“Collaging History” Art & Ideas, Plymouth, MI

2010

“Content of Becoming” University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, PA
“Wood Engrained Messages” Art & Ideas, Plymouth, MI
“Macro-Biology Tapestries” Art & Ideas, Plymouth, MI
“From Women to Little Girls” Art & Ideas, Plymouth, MI

2009

“Dreaming Identity” Art & Ideas, Plymouth, MI

2007

“Solo Exhibition” Woods Gallery, Huntington Woods, MI
“From Wood to Collage” The Plymouth Community Arts Council, Plymouth, MI

2006

“Print Exhibition” Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI
“Wood Paper Glass” The Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, MI
“The Expressive Woodcut” Plymouth Community Arts Council, Plymouth, MI

2005

“Shades of Difference” The Starkweather Arts and Cultural Center, Romeo, MI

2004

“Gender X” Zeitgeist, Detroit, MI

1999

“Solo Exhibition” Sweet Water Cafe, Ann Arbor, MI
“Two-person Exhibition” Zeitgeist, Detroit, MI

Group Exhibitions

2011 - 2015

“The UIWANG International Placard Art Festival” Baekun Lake Plaza in Uiwang City, Kyunggido, S. Korea

2012

“Finding Our New Fort” Kube Collective, Ethan Cohen Projects, Beacon, NY
“Yule Shoot Your Eye Out” Kube Collective, Ethan Cohen Projects, Beacon, NY

2011

“2011 Actual size ” CAID, Detroit, MI
“Figuratively Speaking” Riverside Art Center, Ypsilanti, MI

2010

“In Spite of the Evidence” Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI
“Social Realism 2010” Art & Ideas, Plymouth, MI
“The Print” Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI curated by Endi Poskovic
“Revolution” University of Mi, Ann Arbor, MI
“From the Center - NOW” Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL curated by Lucy Lippard
“Dreaming Identity” Art & Ideas, Plymouth, MI
“Time Tells All” Art & Ideas, Plymouth, MI
“The Figure” Northville Art House, Northville, MI

2009

“Shrines & Altars” Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI
“Dirty Show” Bert’s Warehouse, Detroit, MI
"Actual Size Biennial” CAID, Detroit, MI

2008

“Commercial Woman” Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL curated by Colette Gaiter
“Art and Healing” U of M Duderstat Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
“The 6th UIWANG International Placard Art Festival 2008” Baekun Lake Plaza in Uiwang City, Kyunggido, Korea

2007

“Identity and Expression” Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI curated by Nicole Parker and Dan Gay
“Works on Paper” Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI
“All Media Exhibition” Detroit Artist Market, Detroit, MI
“Venus of Willendorf: Redefining the Goddess Exhibition” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
“Women Image Women” Scarab Club, Detroit, MI
“Visual Jam Session” Zeitgeist, Detroit, MI
“Actual Size Biennial” CAID, Detroit, MI

2006

“Contemporary Arts Festival” Modern Museum of Art, Saitama, Japan
“The Ben Franklin Project” 555 Gallery, Detroit, MI
“The MN. National Print Biennial” Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN Juried by Ken Bloom
“The MN. National Print Biennial” Tweed Museum of Art, Birmingham, MN Juried by Ken Bloom
“Michigan Fine Arts Competition” Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI Juried by Jerry Berger
“Woman Art Show” The Firefly Jazz Club, Ann Arbor, MI

2005

“The Human Form-Photography” Stepping Stone Gallery, Huntington, NY
“Art Show” Cycling Salamander, Charlevoix, MI
“Members Invitational” Detroit Artist Market, Detroit, MI
“Art Masters Association Exhibition with EMU” Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, MI

2004

“The Second Annual Women’s Invitational” Izzy’s Raw Art Gallery, Detroit, MI
“Reviving the Tree of Liberty” Zeitgeist, Detroit, MI
“17th National Juried Art Exhibition” South Cobb Arts Alliance, Mableton, GA Juried by Gregory Turk
“Third Annual Art Source Gallery Juried Art Exhibit” Art Source Gallery, Boise, ID Juried by Richard Young
“The 31st Annual Juried Competition” Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA Juried by Randall R. Griffey
“2nd Biennial National Print Exhibition” NAU Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ Juried by John Risseeuw
“Tri-State National” Beaumont Art League, Beaumont, TX Juried by Catherine Anderson
“2004 International VSA arts Festival” Union Station, Washington, D.C.
“23rd Statewide Print Competition” Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, MI
“23rd Statewide Print Competition” Crooked Tree Art Center, Petosky, MI

2003

“23rd Statewide Print Competition” Alma College, Alma, MI Juried by Kathryn J. Reeves
“Hundred Flat” CPOP, Detroit, MI
“Winter Solstice Show” Zeitgeist, Detroit, MI
“Consignment Gallery” Izzy’s Raw Art Gallery, Detroit, MI
“Abilities Festival” Carrier Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
“2003 National Juried Exhibition” Artisians, Mid Valley, CA Juried by Marian Parameter
“61st Annual Exhibition” Audubon Artists Inc., NYC, NY
“Mighty Midwest Biennial 2” New Visions Gallery, Marshfield, WI Juried by Paul Kline
“Visual Jam Session” Zeitgeist, Detroit, MI
“Artists Among Us” Downriver Council for the Arts, Taylor, MI Juried by Zdzislaw Sikora
“Copy Cat” CPOP, Detroit, MI
“16th National Juried Art Exhibition” South Cobb Arts Alliance, Mableton, GA Juried by Larry M. Walker
“Annual Silver Medal Competition” The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI
“Art Masters Association Exhibition with EMU” Ypsilanti District Library, Ypsilanti, MI
“Student Art Show” Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI Juried by Peter Williams
“23rd Annual National Print Exhibition” Artlink, Fort Wayne, IN
“Statewide Print Competition” Westshore Community College, Scottsville, MI

2002

“Statewide Print Competition” Alma College, Alma, MI Juried by Ed Paschke
“6th Annual Collective Show” Zeitgeist, Detroit, MI
“Group Exhibition” Transient Gallery, Detroit, MI
“Body Parts” Zeitgeist, Detroit, MI
“Group Exhibition” Michigan Institute for the Arts, Detroit, MI

2001

“5th Annual Collective Show” Zeitgeist, Detroit, MI

2000

“Group Exhibition” CPOP, Detroit, MI
“Group Exhibition” Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, MI
“Industrial Fashion Show” Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, MI
"4th Annual Collective Show” Zeitgeist, Detroit, MI
“Greater Midwest International Exhibition” Central State University, Warrensburg, MO

1999

“27th Bradley National Print and Drawing Exhibition” Bradley University, Peoria, IL
“19th Annual Statewide Print Competition” Alma College, Alma, MI
“3rd Annual Collective Show” Zeitgeist, Detroit, MI

1998

“Michigan Print Competition” Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
“2nd Annual Collective Show” Zeitgeist, Detroit, MI

Awards/Grants/Residencies

“Teaching artist fellowship” VSA arts, Washington, DC -- 2008/09
“Student of Excellence” Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI -- 2006
“Artist Residency” Cycling Salamander, Charlevoix, MI -- 2005
“Honorable Mention” VAAL Spring Art Show, Livonia, MI -- 2004
“Purchase Award” Inter-Tech Limited, Soth Cobb Arts Alliance, Mableton, GA -- 2003
“Honorable Mention” Art Among Us show, Detroit Metropolitan Area, MI -- 2003
“Purchase Award” Alumni Art Department, Alma College, Alma, MI -- 2002
“Artist Residency” Jay County Arts Council, Portland, IN -- 1999

Community Engagement and Education

Art & creativity coaching via the web and by phone to non-artists throughout the US (www.mentoringyourcreativity.com) -- 2012 to present
Contributing writer for The Teaching Artist Journal, online -- 2010 to 2012
Art & Ideas art workshops directed to non-artists, and local community, age 5 to 85, Plymouth, MI -- 2009 to 2011
Art & Ideas Intergenerational art show "Ages of Art," ages 5 to 85, Plymouth, MI -- Summer 2011
Art & Ideas community engagement show "Collaging History," Plymouth, MI -- Fall 2010
VSA Arts & Disability Organization, teaching artist residencies, arts integration, disability, & inclusion in the Detroit Public Schools and Ann Arbor schools, MI -- 2007 to 2012
VSA Arts & Disability Organization, teaching artist residency, Poetry of Detroit Project with a group of high school students with cognitive disabilities, Detroit, MI -- Fall 2008
Weekly private art class for a group, Ypsilanti, MI -- 1997 to 2006

Speaking Engagements

Interactive workshop, "You and the Creative Process," Smith College, Northampton, MA -- Scheduled for winter 2016
Online webinar, "Tools and Techniques for Artists: How to Handle Resistance in the Creative Process," VSA / Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts -- May 2015
Interactive Presentation, “Ambidextrous and Foot Art-Making: A Visionary Approach to Healing, Transforming, and Excelling", The Arts and Healing Conference, Detroit, MI -- Spring 2012
Presentation, “The Business of Being an Artist", Adrian College, Adrian, MI -- Fall 2012
Interactive Presentation, “Creative Process and Divergent Thinking", Events and Planning Dept. at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI -- Winter 2012
Presented, “Spurring Creativity", Farmington Art Foundation, Farmington Hills, MI -- Winter 2012
Presented, “Spurring Creativity", Detroit Painters & Sculptors, Farmington Hills, MI -- Fall 2011
Lecture, “Process & Ideas as Artist,” "Business as Artist", Adrian College, Adrian, MI -- Fall 2011
Lecture, “Research Based Artist,” "Vegetarianism and Art", Art & Ideas Gallery, Plymouth, MI -- Fall 2011
Interactive presentation, “The Age of the Artist,”, Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI -- Summer 2011
Presentation and Lecture, “VSA's Touring Show of People with Disabilities,”, Adrian College, Adrian, MI -- Spring 2011
Lecture “Disability and the Art Classroom,”, Kendall School of Design, Grand Rapids, MI -- 2010
Presented at the Michigan Art Education Association, Kalamazoo, MI, on “Interdisciplinary Approach - for higher learning” -- 2010
Professional Development for Dearborn Public Schools on “Fearless Creating for Art Ed-Elementary” -- 2010
Presented at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford for a solo showing of my recent artwork -- 2010
“Pecha Kucha night,” Presentation of my work, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI -- 2009
Speaking on "Case Study of Coaching client," Wayne State University, Detroit, MI -- 2009
Speaking on "Inclusive Arts Practices," Common Ground, Albany, NY -- 2009
Speaking on "Inclusive Arts Practices," National Guild for Community Arts Education, Minneapolis, MN -- 2009
Speaking on "Getting your Work Out There," VSA, Toledo, OH -- 2009
Speaking on "Stories and Student Learning," MAEA, Grand Rapids, MI -- 2009
Speaking on ‘Journey as an Artist,’ Michigan Rehabilitation Conference, Grand Rapids, MI -- 2007
"Works on Paper" panel of discussion, Paint Creek Art Center, Rochester, MI -- 2007

Bibiography

"By Foot: Engaging Youth with Performance Art," article published in the Teaching Artist Journal, July 2012
"Ages of Art," article published online for the Teaching Artist Journal, March 19, 2012
"Their Grades Shot UP," article published online for the Teaching Artist Journal, December 4, 2011
"Color as a Classroom Tool," article published online for the Teaching Artist Journal, October 24, 2011
"Thank You for How," article published online for the Teaching Artist Journal, August 19, 2011
"Beyond Self-Criticism," article published online for the Teaching Artist Journal, October 8, 2011
"Little Girl" painting published, Studio Visit, CA -- 2010
Voice Thread video for VSA International called “The Poetry of Detroit” (Summer 2010); see: http://voicethread.com/share/1154784/ -- 2010
“Interview with Shaqe Kalaj,” Interview in an Albanian newspaper by Diana Gelci, Tirana, Albania -- 2007
Co-authored book with poet Ron Allen, “The Unborn Muse of Shadow,” Detroit, MI -- 2003
Art in Franklin Rosemount’s book , “Revolution in the Service of the Marvelous,” Chicago, IL -- 2003
Book Cover for poet Jim Perkinson, “Dreaming Moorish,” Detroit, MI -- 2002
Book Cover for Ron Allen, “Neon Jawbone Riot,” Detroit, MI -- 2001