Mind the Gap, 2005, by Sheila Pepe

Adjunct Professor Sheila Pepe in Retrospective & Group Exhibition

December 14, 2017

The Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona is currently showcasing a mid-career retrospective of adjunct professor, Sheila Pepe. The retrospective will run through January 28th, 2018.


Since the mid-1990’s, Pepe has primarily worked with crocheted materials to create large-scale, site-specific installations and sculptures. Her retrospective, Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism, “examines how the artist often plays with feminist and craft traditions to counter patriarchal notions of recognized or accepted forms of art making.” The exhibit also continues to investigate Pepe’s interests in “the artist’s relationship to museum display and the art institution itself.” Described by the artist Ryan Johnson in BOMB Magazine as possessing an “improvisational crochet” style, he also states that “Pepe loops and knots thousands of laces together to form sprawling installations as she moves from the personal to the monumental…”


Most recently, Pepe has had solo exhibitions at Diverseworks in Houston, Texas, and the Istanbul International Arts Fair in Turkey. She has had group exhibitions at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Lesbian and Gay Art and P.S.1/MoMA, to name a few, and has exhibited abroad in China, Italy, and Germany. In addition to her retrospective, Pepe is included in a group exhibition at Monnaie de Paris, titled, Women House, which examines “the meeting of two notions: a genre—the feminine—and a space—the domestic,” specifically women’s relationship to the domestic space. In March, the exhibit will move to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. 


Originally from Morristown, NJ, Pepe has been an educator for over twenty years.