Sheila Hicks (b. Hastings, Nebraska, 1934) graduated with a BFA and MFA from Yale University. She was one of just three women to receive a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Art in 1957. In May 2019 the artist received an honorary degree from Yale University. She lives and works in Paris, France. Hicks participated in the 57th Venice Biennale, curated by Christine Macel (2017); the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016); Glasgow International (2016); Weaving & We, Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art (2016); Whitney Biennial (2014); and São Paulo Biennial (2012). The artist was awarded the Smithsonian Archives of American Art Medal in 2010 and was granted an Honorary Doctorate from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 2014.
Hicks will be the subject of a major exhibition at MAK, Vienna in November 2020 and at Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire opening in November 2021. In 2019, the artist was the subject of three major solo exhibitions: Campo Abierto (Open Field), The Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Seize, Weave Space, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas and Reencuentro, Museo Chileno de arte Precolombino, Santiago. Recent solo presentations include the major retrospective Lignes de Vie / Life Lines, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018), Sheila Hicks - Free Threads, Textile and its Pre-Columbian Roots, 1954-2017, Museo Amparo, Puebla (2017), Sheila Hicks: Apprentissages, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Musée Carnavalet and Nanterre-Amandiers, Paris (2016); Sheila Hicks: Material Voices, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha (2016); Sheila Hicks | Why Not, Textiel Museum, Tilburg (2016); Sheila Hicks, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2015); Foray into Chromatic Zones, Hayward Gallery, London (2015); Pêcher dans La Rivière, Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2013); Sheila Hicks: 50 Years organised by the Addison Gallery, Andover, travelled to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2010/11) and the Mint Museum, Charlotte (2012); Sheila Hicks - Hors Normes, Sculptures Textiles, Passage de Retz, Paris, France (2010); and Sheila Hicks: Weaving as Metaphor, Bard Graduate Centre for Studies in Decorative Arts, Design and Culture, New York (2006).
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. Hicks has also produced installations for the Grande Rotonde at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2014-15) and as part of the outdoor exhibition Voyage d'hiver in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles (2017).
Hicks' work is featured in a number of prominent collections including Tate Gallery, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The National Gallery, Washington D.C; Art Institute of Chicago; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; The Jewish Museum, New York; and the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska.