Profile Type: Artist
Sheila Novak Studios

Sheila Novak is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Boston, MA. Her work explores grief, loss and vulnerability, as well as themes of belonging and place through a multimedia practice. Layering autobiographical narratives with ecofeminist theory and catholic social teaching, Sheila’s sculptural practice examines the cultural value-systems that alter our relationships with each other, our bodies and the earth. She creates artworks which blur the line between organic and feminine forms, exploring the notion of nature as an extension of the body and as an embodiment of her psychological state. Through highlighting personal and ecological emotion, Sheila critiques how our patriarchal systems damage the feminine in bodily ways, while arguing for a more compassionate, holistic existence and exploring art making as a path to healing

In 2018 Sheila was awarded the New England Fellowship with National Arts Strategies shortly after arriving in Boston from Minneapolis. Sheila has served as the Artist in Residence at Hennepin County Medical Center (2015-2017), as well as an Artist in Residence in Ecology, Spirituality and Community at Holden Village (2014). Sheila received her B.A. in Studio art from St. Olaf College (2012).


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Additional Links: 
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I Have Worked With

  • May 2018 to December 2018

    Creative Community Fellow (2018)

  • November 2017

    Performing Artist Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Illuminus, Boston, MA 2017

    • Developed schedules of eight distinct performances artists and teams

    • Coordinated volunteers for help in both festival preparation and implementation

  • May 2015 to July 2017

    SEED Project Manager and Inspector, Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN  2015-17

    • Processed invoices, tracked artist budgets, and managed schedule and record keeping for fabrication staff

    • Cultivated and resolved communication among artists and City of Minneapolis and CAFAC administrators

    • Trained and oversaw fabrication team of twenty three fabricators and ten artists working in enameled steel


  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Interdisciplinary Artist
Physical Address: 
34 Chestnut Square
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Carving
Visual/Crafts - Clay
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Jewelry
Visual/Crafts - Leather
Visual/Crafts - Metal
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Paper
Visual/Crafts - Photography
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Stone
Visual/Crafts - Textile Weaving
Visual/Crafts - Wood / Bark
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
People with Disabilities
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Art Sales
Artist Market
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Community Arts
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Portfolio Review
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - Other
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Creative Community Fellow, National Arts Strategies (2018)
BA in Studio Art and Environmental Science, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN (2012)
Artist-in-Residence, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN (2015-2017)
Artist-in-Residence in Community, Ecology and Spirituality, Holden Village, WA (2014)
Emerging Artist Grant, South Eastern Minnesota Arts Council, Rochester, MN (2013)