Monica Sheets

Minneapolis, MN

I create platforms for communication as a means of civic engagement for myself and other participants. I was born in Toledo, Ohio and studied Photography at the Cleveland Institute of Art. My experiences growing up in the Rust Belt (the former industrial heart of the US) were pivotal to my decision to work directly with participants, coming from a desire to reach audiences who might not normally visit galleries and museums. I received an MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from the Bauhaus-University Weimar in 2009. My artwork has been recognized by the MCAD/Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artists, the Minnesota State Arts Board, FORECAST Public Artworks and the Culture Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. In addition to my artistic work, I have worked in different capacities at a variety of non-profit art organizations, including as founder and director of Das Fundbuero e.V., a cultural organization dedicated to creating spaces in which former East German citizens can discuss their experiences of the German Democratic Republic and the aftermath of German unification in 1989.