Sheetal Prajapati is an educator, artist and advisor working across the field of art and public engagement. Born in Buffalo, New York, Sheetal is a first generation Indian American. Before moving to New York in 2010, Sheetal studied, lived and worked in Chicago for 12 years after growing up in Owensboro, Kentucky.
Sheetal is the Interim Managing Director of Common Field, serves on faculty at School of Visual Arts (New York) in the MFA Fine Arts program, is an advisor through her agency Lohar Projects, and the Board Chair (2021 -2023) for Art + Feminism. In 2020, Sheetal signed with Serendipity Literary Agency (New York) and is working on her first children’s picture book and a non-fiction memoir.
Previously, Sheetal served as the first Director of Public Engagement at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn until September 2018. There she oversaw strategy for public engagement across the institution leading a division including visitors services, programming and partnerships. From 2010-2016, she worked in the education department of The Museum of Modern Art, serving as the Assistant Director, Learning and Artists Initiatives (2014-2016). There, she collaborated with a range of artists to develop experimental public programs, projects and interventions. From 2007 to 2010, she served as Director of Educational Programs at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. Prior to that Sheetal worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2004-2007) where she redeveloped the family and youth programs division.
As an artist, Sheetal has held residencies at Pocoapoco, Wassaic Project, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, and The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts among others. Her work has been presented at EFA Project Space (NYC), Elsewhere Museum (Greensboro, NC), Denny Gallery (NYC), and The Galleries at Moore (Philadelphia). In 2019, she was a nominee for the Emerging Artist Award through the Rema Hort Mann Foundation in New York.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Gender Studies from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.