University of North Carolina at Greensboro, MFA 2004

Reinhardt College, BFA 2002

Atlanta College of Art 1997-1998

Selected Exhibitions


Skimption, Ukranian institute of modern art, chicago, Il. 

tascam, olsen and brown residence, chicago. il.

imperfect articles, limited edition of artist t-shirts, chicago, il.

floating orange, sidecar gallery, hammond, In. 


new work (solo exhibition), Gallery d, chicago, Il.  

Wynn Newhouse Award Exhibition, Palitz Gallery, New York, NY.

REPEATER (solo exhibition), Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, NY.


It Varies, Storefront, Chicago, IL.

Dream Feeder (solo exhibition), Roots and Culture Chicago, IL.


mdw Fair, Hinge Gallery / Manna Contemporary, Chicago, IL.

Adam Hayes and Rusty Shackleford, Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, NY.

Analog, curated by: The Transients, the Grand Center, St. Louis, MO.

random #10, artist e-book series curated by john freeborn, san francisco, ca. 


Cole Pierce and Rusty Shackleford, Hinge Gallery Chicago, IL.

dream, in, the, act,  Kunz, Vis, Projects, Chicago, IL.

Fall Design and Art Series, Dock Six Collective, Chicago, IL.

No Need to Perish (Wester Publications Artist Book Editions), Storefront, Chicago, IL.

Call of the Spiderbug, Difibrillator, Chicago, IL.

Chain Letter, Golden Parachutes, Berlin, Germany

Creative Will, Backspace, Peoria, IL.

ASCII, California Clipper, Chicago, IL.

MDW Art Fair, Philip von Zweck / Chicago Art Review, Chicago, IL.

Make Literary Magazine: Guest illustrator for Unger Fall / Winter 2011


Flat 7, Floor Length and Tux, Chicago, IL.

Danny Think Tank, (Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival), Chicago, IL.

Blueness, Ben Russell, Chicago, IL.


Magnetic Missive (in association with David More’s Gnathonemus Petersii exhibition), Gallery 400 Chicago, IL.

Artist Run Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, IL.

Tank Traps and Hijackings (solo exhibition), Old Gold Chicago, IL.


Milwaukee International Art Fair, Milwaukee, WI.


Group Show, Fraction Workspace, Chicago, IL.

Manifest National Drawing Annual (exhibition in print), Cincinnati, OH.


Why You Can’t Refold a Map,  John Fonda Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

Generally, Longer Than It Is Wide Rosenberg Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, N.C.

Axioms, Gallery 4 Baltimore, MD.


Properties, H. Lewis Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

Dislocated Location, A7, Greensboro, N.C.

Indexes, Elliot University Center Gallery, Greensboro, N.C.


Holding Hands with Mortality (solo exhibition), Fincher Arts Center Reinhardt College, Waleska, GA.

Fresh, No-No Atlanta, GA.


Kultur, Art Farm, Atlanta, GA.


Referencing Perspective, Gallery 100 Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA


Art Fairs


art expo, chicago, Il. 


art untitled, Miami, fl.



Harold Arts

Vermont Studio Center

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts



Art f City: Dream Feeder written by Robin Dluzen and Pedro Vélez Nov., 2013

Art f City: MDW Fair written by Robin Dluzen Nov., 2012

Modern Painters: Cole Pierce and Rusty Shackleford written by Jason Foumberg Feb., 2012

Beautiful Decay: Rusty Shackleford written by Sofia Leiby Feb., 2012

Sixty Inches From Center: Cole Pierce and Rusty Shackleford written by Amanda Mead Nov., 2011

Flavorpill: dream, in, the, act written by Abraham Ritchie Oct., 2011

NewCity: Tank Traps and Hijackings written by Tim Ridlin Jan., 2009

City Paper: Axioms written by Bret McCabe Apr., 2004


Guest Artist

university of north carolina at greensboro: instructor christopher thomas

Art Institute of Chicago: Instructor Kirsten Leenaars

Columbia College: Instructor Justin Witte

University of Maryland: Instructor Jefferson Pinder