Bio

Bio

Shalena White is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator who uses metalsmithing techniques and found organic materials to create sculptural forms that are adornments and architectural installations. White graduated magna cum laude with her MFA in Metals from University of Texas at Austin in 2014 and summa cum laude with a BFA specializing in Metals from Texas State University in 2009. White's first invitational solo-exhibition took place at Texas State University Galleries in 2019. In 2014, White was awarded People’s Choice by popular public vote for Austin City Hall's yearly competition at People's Gallery. Mountain Laurel Mandala II is now included in the city of Austin's permanent art collection, and is currently on display in the mayor's hallway at Austin City Hall. She was also awarded the Austin Chronicle's 2011 Best of Austin Critic’s Pick Award for Best Stunning Adornments. White's work has been shown at Craft Texas 2012 and 2014, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and UT's Visual Arts Center. Shalena is currently living in Austin and pursuing multiple artistic interests including community-based, public art projects.