Reesey Shaw is the founding Director of Lux Art Institute, an art organization whose vision is to make visual art more accessible and personally meaningful by providing access to living artists as they create new works and developing project‐based education programs that promote exploration, experimentation and discovery.
A graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art, Shaw received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fine Art. She began her career as an artist and art historian, lecturing at Claremont Graduate University, University of California, San Diego and Morgan State University in Baltimore.
Upon moving to La Jolla, California in the 1970s, Shaw exhibited at galleries and museums locally, as well as in Los Angeles and New York. In the mid‐‘80s her personal work evolved to include curatorial and administrative ideas that she cultivated as head of the gallery for the Felicita Foundation. In 1994, Ms. Shaw became the founding Director of the California Center for the Arts Museum, where she first presented artists with the opportunity to create works on site.
That idea has found full expression at Lux Art Institute, where thanks to the support of local art patrons and philanthropists, Ms. Shaw assumed the position of founding Director in 1998. Under Shaw’s leadership, Lux has evolved from an innovative vision to a full‐blown reality. Lux’s first permanent facility, the Artist Pavilion, opened in 2007, offering artists from all over the world a place to live and work. The Education Pavilion, a 7,000‐square‐foot building with four classrooms, an artist’s workshop, digital lab and administrative offices, was completed in 2014.
This distinct institution was established in response to a need both for accessible contemporary art and for a visual arts cultural and educational presence in San Diego’s vibrant North County. The Lux grounds ‐ the Artist Pavilion, Education Pavilion and gardens – together have established a creative, inviting space where art lives and changes lives