Shilin Hora

Harvesting Seeds. Planting Ideas.

Shilin Hora is a visual nature artist who presents seeds in a delicate, elegant and methodical way.  She pokes, prods, bends, dissects, harvests and sorts in order to build unique artwork that exhibits her keen eye and knack for observing and making evident the magnificence of seeds.

Shilin believes it is crucial to instill in the next generation a deep sense of respect and appreciation for nature. This has become one of her defining values. Hence, not only has she taught nature curriculum in schools in the Chicagoland area, but she founded to provide educational programs she has delivered in the US and Canada.  

Born in St.Joseph Michigan, Shilin studied and worked at Kendall College of Art and Design, and Grand Valley State University (B.F.A. 2002). She is an American-Canadian artist who has lived and worked in Canada and in the United States over her 15 year art career.  She has exhibited her intaglio prints and nature art installations throughout Canada, United States and England. Her work is housed in private collections, along with university and museum collections.

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Solo Exhibitions

2018 Seed Museums, Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids, MI.

2017  Seed Quilt and Mini Museums, Triton Library, River Grove, Il.

2015  We the Trees, Oak Park Conservatory, Oak Park IL.

         McGill`s Seed Quilt, Redpath Museum, Montréal, QC.

2013  Innovative Seeds, Innovation Youth Center, Montréal, QC.

2012 Seed Quilt et les peintures, Lumière Visuel Effets, Montréal, QC

2010 Festival Mondial de la Terre, Tribu Terre, Montréal, QC.

         Prints & Paints by Shilin Hora, Gallery Shodan, Montréal, QC

2009 Shilin Holiday, Civic Studio, Montréal, QC.

2007 A Drawing Perspective, Race Street Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI.

2003 Please, Take One, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI.

2001 Found Leaves, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI.


Selected Group Exhibitions    

2012  Seeds from the City, Innovation Youth Center, Montréal, QC.

2011   Montreal Seed Quilt, Grand Valley State University Art Gallery, Allendale, MI.

2010  Montreal Seed Quilt, Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI.

         Canopée & Seed Quilt, Festival de la Mondial de la Terre, Montréal, QC.

2009 Seed Quilt & 21 Artists, Gallery Shodan, Montréal, QC.

          Potty Seed, Gallery Shodan, Collaboration with Shawn Davis, Montréal, QC.

          Canopy, Collaboration with Mark Rumsey, Gallery Shodan, Montréal, QC.

2008 Shilin & Fredeline, Collaboration Freddy Allen, Civic Studio, Montréal, QC.

2004 Seeds and Things, Civic Studio, Grand Rapids, MI.

2003 Woman Events, 10 Weston Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI.

2002 Natural Transformations, Fredrik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids,MI              

2001  Those Things, Civic Studio Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI.

2000 Trees For Everyone, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI.

1999  The Body Shop, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI.                

  Ten Americans from U. S. A., Kingston University Gallery, Kingston, UK.

          Belknap Bridge Painting, Collaboration with artist Mark Rumsey, Grand Rapids, MI.



2018 Meet Shilin Hora of Chicago West Suburbs, Voyage Chicago Magazine (Sept. 18), Chicago IL.

2018 Seeds To Art, The Mike Nowak Show, 1590 AM WCGO Radio (April 1st), Chicago, IL

2014  Earth Day Seed Quilt, McGill University, web publication (April 21), Montréal, QC.

         The Dandelion (background image), TV Series “19-2”, Canadian original series, QC.

2013  The Seed Quilt Workshop, Montreal Families, monthly publication (April), Montréal, QC.

  Traveling Seeds, Ville de Pointe-Claire, web publication (Sept. 21), Pointe-Claire, QC.

         Botanical Artwork Quilt, The Montrealer, monthly publication (August), Montréal, QC.

2012 Greening Public Spaces, Public Consultation, web publication (August 5), Montréal, QC.

         Seed Hunting in the City!, Campus Commercials, Curran Lake Films Montréal, QC.

         Night Trees, Wake Great Lakes Thought & Culture, publication (March), Grand Rapids, MI.

2010 Bird is the Word, Canadian Centre of Architecture, web publication (June 17), Montréal, QC.

        There is a Teacher in the Ravines, Grand Valley Review, publication(Vol. XXXV, Spring/Summer), Allendale, MI.

2009 What’s On: Artist Going Green, CTV Nightly News Montreal (May 30, 6pm), Montréal, QC.

          Planting Seeds, Film Documentary, Director Chris Wynn & Curran Lake Films, Montréal, QC.

          Given the Trees, Chapbook publication with poet Patricia Clark (August), Grand Rapids, MI.  

          Ferns and Nests, Voices From The American Land Publishing Inc., Placitas, NM.

2008 Tree as Temple, Black Lawrence Press Semi-finalist (August), N.Y.

2003 Who is Civic Studio?, National Public Radio (August 21), Grand Rapids, MI.

1999 The Body Shop, On The Town publication (February 10),Grand Rapids, MI.

        Belknap Bridge Painting, Grand Rapids Press (Oct. 22), Grand Rapids, MI.

1998 Leaf Installation, GVSU Lanthorn monthly publication (August), Grand Rapids, MI.

1996 Shi & Nic, GVSU Lanthorn, monthly publication, Grand Rapids (May), MI.


Curatorial Work

2010 Seed Quilt et les peintures de Shilin Hora, Lumière Visuel Effects, Montréal, QC.

2009 Festival Mondial de la Terre, Tribu Terre, Montréal, QC.

         The Seed Quilt & 21 Artists, Gallery Shodan, Montréal, QC.

        Canopy, Gallery Shodan, Montréal, QC.

2008 Potty Seed, Gallery Shodan, Montréal, QC.

2007 Shilin & Fredeline, Civic Studio de Maisonneuve, Montréal, QC.

2002 Assistant curator/preparator to over 20 exhibitions, Grand Valley State University Art Gallery, Allendale, MI.

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