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Valerie Monroe Shakespeare

Valerie Monroe Shakespeare, American curator, director, art gallery owner.


  • Shakespeare, Valerie Monroe was born on March 30, 1947 in Kalamazoo. Daughter of Monroe Shakespeare and Martha Ellen Wright.

  • Education

    • Student, Arizona State University, Tempe, 1961—1963.


    • Owner Little Room Gallery, Galesburg, Michigan, 1964—1968, Fvlcrvm Gallery, SoHo, New York, 1993—1997, Shakespeare's Fvlcrvm, SoHo, 1997—2001, Trbeca, 2001—2005. Director/curator Candlewood Lake Art Center, New Fairfield, Connecticut, since 2005. Chairman annual arts festival Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce, 1965.

      Junior committee Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1978—1989. Executive director Actual Art Foundation, New York City, 1982—2009. Guest curator Gallery of City of New York, 1987.

      President New Art Foundation, New York, since 1990. Board directors, moderator Artists Talk on Art, New York, 1990—1999. Director Onion Ring Art Center, Pine Island, New York, since 2009.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals. Co-author (with Tery Fuqute-Wilcox): (autobiography memoir) It's The Artist Life For Me, 2008.


    Volunteer auxiliary policewoman New York City Police Department, 1979—1997. Benefit committee Mothers for More Halfway Houses, 1980—1985, Night of 100 Trees, New York, 1985—1990, Volunteers for Schools, New York, 1983—1989, South St. Seaport for Muscular Dystrophy, New York, 1986—1986. Fellow: Museum Modern Art (patron since 1978), Whitney Museum.

    Member: Aldrich Museum, Guggenheim Museum (associate. Since 1979).



    Cooking, sewing, horseback riding.


    • Married R. Tery Fugate-Wilcox, November 1, 1963.
    Valerie Monroe Shakespeare
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    Born March 30, 1947
    (age 70)
    • 1964 - 1968
      Owner Little Room Gallery
      Galesburg, Michigan, United States
    • 1993 - 1997
      Owner Little Room Gallery
      New York, United States
    • 1997 - 2001
      Owner Little Room Gallery
    • 2001 - 2005
      Owner Little Room Gallery
    • 2005
      director/curator Candlewood Lake Art Center
      New Fairfield, Connecticut, United States