Shelbie Loomis is a publicly engaged artist and former banker, who focuses her time and efforts on socio-economic research and creates artwork about forgotten social groups such as the Santa Fe New Mexico elderly, third-world countries that she has traveled to, and as of late a social group called the precariat such as immigrants, students, and part-time workforce.
She is engaged with the community by working on murals through Keeping Santa Fe Beautiful, sat on the New Mexico Professional Business Women of Santa Fe executive board which involves themselves with legislation for equal opportunity for jobs and education for women, and as of Fall 2019 has moved to Portland to work on her MFA at Portland State University in Art + Social Practice.
Loomis graduated from Santa Fe University of Art and Design in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Magna Cum Laude after receiving the first Governor’s Scholarship for full tuition in 2010. Since then she has been honored as a 2013 SITE Santa Fe Scholar, President’s Departmental award recipient, and awarded the 2017 Young Professional Business Women of Santa Fe.
She hopes to continue conversations about socio-economics, gender, social and financial norms and include more people of diversity through education, artwork, and workshops and much more.