Shelsea was born in 1991 in Binghamton, New York. She received her BFA in Ceramics from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, in 2013. After graduation, she maintained her studio practice in Baltimore for two years before completing a short term residency at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill in Truro, Massachusetts. She moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 2016, where she worked as a post baccalaureate student at the University of Alaska Anchorage until 2018.
Shelsea’s work primarily investigates feminist and queer issues, as well as human/animal relationships and the parallels she perceives between the two. Her work has been shown nationally and she has worked with many different artists in a variety of places across the US. She is an avid bovine enthusiast, a diehard RuPaul’s Drag Race fan, a total art history nerd, and loves nothing more than a cup of coffee and a good book. She is currently a long term resident artist at Studio 740 in Helena, Montana, where she lives with her partner and their two cats.