Sheila Hicks (b.1934, Hastings, Nebraska) received BFA (1957) and MFA (1959) degrees from the Yale School of Art under the tutelage of Josef Albers. Awarded a Fulbright scholarship to paint in Chile, she photographed indigenous weavers and archeological sites in the Andes beginning an investigation into fiber as an artistic medium that Hicks continues to this day.
Sheila Hicks’ earliest weaving exhibitions took place in the Galeria Antonio Souza, Mexico City (1961) and The Art Institute of Chicago (1963). Numerous solo exhibitions followed: Galerie Bab Rouah, Rabat, Morocco (1971); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1974); Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden (1978); Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1980); Seoul Art Center (1991); and Uměleckoprůmyslové Museum, Prague (1992). A major retrospective, Sheila Hicks: 50 Years, debuted at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts (2010) and traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Recent solo presentations include the exhibitions at Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska (2016); Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto (2016); Textiel Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands (2016); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2015); and Espace Louis Vuitton, Munich (2015). Hicks also participates in numerous group and international perennial exhibitions, most recently the Biennale of Sydney, Glasgow International, and Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art (all 2016).
Hicks has created monumental site-specific works for the Ford Foundation Headquarters and Federal Courthouse in New York; The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, North Carolina; King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey amongst others.
Hicks’ work is in the permanent collections of Art Institute of Chicago; Tate Gallery, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and the Pérez Art Museum, Miami.
Hicks is the recipient of numerous awards including the Smithsonian Archives of American Art Medal (2010). She was named a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France in 1987, and elevated to Officier in 1993. Additionally, she holds Honorary Doctorates from the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris (2014) and the Rhode Island School of Design (1984).
Sheila Hicks has resided and worked in Paris since 1964.