Daniel Brandt Shay


MFA Painting, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1981

BFA Painting/Printmaking, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 1975

Certificate, Drawing, Udornthani Teacher's College, Udornthani, Thailand, 1972

Academic and Professional Positions

Exhibitions Curator, The Arts Club of Washington, Washington, D.C., 2018-Present

Art Services Manager, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1984-2018 (Retired)

Portfolio Development Instructor, Maryland College of Art and Design, Silver Spring, MD, 1987-Present

President IASG, International Artist's Support Group, 1997-1998

Advisory Board, International Artist's Support Group, 1999-Present

Life Drawing Instructor, Smithsonian Resident Assoc. Program, S. Dillon Ripley Center, Washington, D.C., 1994-1998

Military Service

Bronze Star Medal

Counter Offensive Phase VII Medal

Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation

Republic of Vietnam Ribbon with Device

Unnamed Campaign Medal with 2 o/s bars-Laos

Vietnam Campaign Medal

Vietnam Service Medal

Top Secret Security Clearance

Non-Commissioned Officer

Selected Exhibitions

Sculpture NOW 2020, McLean Project for the Arts, Juried by Nancy Sausser, 2020

Galerie Premiere Ligne, Bordeaux, France, 2020

Alchemical Vessels, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Washington, D.C., 2018

100 Canvases 100 Years, Arts Club of Washington, Washington, D.C., curated by Eric Denker, 2016

Working Artists, United States Circuit Courthouse, Maryland, curated by Bobby Donovan, 2015

Critical Contact, Capital Arts Network, Washington, D.C., 2014

Questions of Identity, Black Rock Center for the Arts, curated by Dr. Claudia Rousseau, 2013

Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, curated by Dr. Kaltoum Marfouli-Colle, 2012

Art Museum Artists, University of Mary Washington, curated by Anne Turpaino, 2009

Behind the Mask, Asian Fusion Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Julian Ortega, 2008

Father, Daughter, Brother, Brother, The Arts Club of Washington, Washington, D.C., 2008

International Artist's Support Group Exhibition, United States Capitol, Washington, D.C., 2005

International Artist's Support Group, Luxor, Egypt, coordinated by Nabile Makier, 2004

Russian Cultural Center, Washington, D.C., juried by Kome Wachi, 2002

Day Jobs...Night Obsessions, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, curated by Mark Leithauser, 1997

Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C., curated by Manon Cleary, 1996

Washington Project for the Arts Exhibition and Benefit, Washington, D.C., 1993

Arlington Arts Center, juried by Deborah Wye, 1993

Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburg, PA, 1987

Small Works National, Zaner Gallery, NY, NY, 1984

Maryland Biennial Works on Paper, Baltimore Museum of Art, juried by Ken Tyler, 1984

Vietnam: Reflexes and Reflections, US House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., 1983


The Late Artist Kenneth Young Finally Getting His Due, Washington City Paper, Interview and quotations, June 1, 2017

Daniel Silva Has and Expert Who Keeps Him True: David Bull, The Washington Post

Installation of Vermeer "Woman with a Balance", Interview, Detroit Arts City, Detroit Public Television, December 20, 2013

Studio Interview and Work, German Public Television, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, MDR, February, 1999

Documentary and Interview, Hungarian Public Television, Produced by Nick Ludlam, 1999

Interview by Jamie Gangel, The Today Show, NBC, Directed by Jason Raff, January 30, 1998

World Service Report, British Broadcasting Corporation, December, 1998

Artist Daniel Shay, People Weekly Magazine, page 191, October 12, 1998

The Driving Force Behind Dan Shay's Work, The Washington Post, Style Section, October 16, 1998

Go Ahead, Quit Your Day Job, The Washington Post, Weekend, by Hank Burchard, September 26, 1997

Lectures and Presentations

Preparing a Portfolio, Fillmore Arts Center, Washington, D.C., 2019

The Quiet Laotian (a works in progress lecture), National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 2011

Artist's Talk, The Cosmos Club, Arnold Contemporary Art Collection, Washington, D.C., 2005

The Terra Cotta Army of Xian, Maryland College of Art and Design, Silver Spring, MD, 2000

The Process of Drawing, Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C., 1996

Art and the Irrational, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, arranged and translated by Marina Bosonova, Moscow, 1990


Nominated - Faculty Outstanding Service Award, Maryland College of Art and Design, Silver Spring, MD, 2012

Smith Fellowship, Bamboo Art of the Montgnard (Dega), National Gallery of Art, 2003

Management Award, National Gallery of Art, 2000-2012

Employee Incentive Award, National Gallery of Art, 1996-1999

Who's Who Among America's Teachers, Nominated by America's Best Students, 1991, Maryland College of Art and Design

Juried and Curated Exhibitions

Anchin, Campbell, and Minicozzi, Curator, The Arts Club of Washington D.C., 2020

Strokes of Genius: A National Exhibition, Juror, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, 2011

Abstract Exhibition, Juror, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 1998

Painting and Drawing, Juror, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 1995

Painting and Drawing, Juror, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 1993

14th Annual Competition: Artist/Craftsperson Three Rivers, Juror, Norfolk, VA, 1985

Contact Information

The Monastery Studio1

Suburban Washington

The Monastery Studio2

West Virginia

Daniel Brandt Shay

Born: Charlotte, North Carolina

Children: Ginevra Rose Shay, Dante Brandt Shay

Wife: Loretta Madeline Russo, artist, Married 1976, deceased 2003

Daniel Shay