Born in Montgomery, Al in 1978, Shackleford received his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2004. He has been a resident at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center and Harold Arts. His work has been reviewed in Modern Painters, Beautiful Decay, Flavorpill, NewCity and Art F City. He is an Adjunct Drawing Professor at North Carolina A&T State University and is represented by Cindy Rucker Gallery in NYC. He currently lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.