Babette Shaw, native to California, is an exhibiting photography-based social practice artist whose work includes photography, sculpture, fiber art, installation and the written or spoken word.
She received her MFA in Photography from The University of Memphis with undergraduate academic pursuits in fine art photography, creative writing and gender studies. As an artist, she addresses issues concerning gender and race constructions and disparities in contemporary culture, as well as their archaic underpinnings.
She has written and led course workshops working with and empowering inner-city youth through the power of art making and through the photographic lens. As a component to her art practice, she currently lectures at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, teaching fine art photography and conceptual development, placing focus on quality of concept and craft, while encouraging students to engage in personal as well as historical and contemporary cultural study and reflection. She authored, piloted and teaches a lighting course and created lighting studios for the fine art photography concentration. She is also teaching in the Lloyd International Honors College at UNCG, instilling in young leaders the importance of developing community-based, national and international perspectives and sensibilities.
Alongside her art practice and her teaching, she has served on numerous panels addressing issues concerning gender and has given lectures at various institutions. And she has served twice as juror for ApexArt, NYC. Her work has been reviewed for various publications; she has been interviewed for and her work featured on ABC News. Her work is in public and private collections across the country.