Shelley has been actively engaged in Philadelphia’s art community for years as a respected artist, innovative gallery owner, teacher and champion of emerging talent. She is a multidisciplinary artist who uses materials, often discarded, to make work that is in search of communal connection. Her work is part of many public and private collections including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, which presented her solo exhibition “Keep the Home Fires Burning” in 2015, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C. Spector has received grants from the Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Leeway Foundation.
Shelley founded SPECTOR Gallery/Projects, a program to work outside the traditional gallery system and Artjaw.com, an online anthology of first person stories from the Philadelphia art community. She is currently on faculty at the University of the Arts.