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SUhlir is the username for Shelly Uhlir

Work Experience

Shelly Uhlir has been making mounts for 25 years, most recently (since 2001) as staff mountmaker at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American

Indian in Washington, DC. In that role, she fabricates and installs mounts andmannequins for exhibition and photography as well as teaching mountmakingworkshops and seminars. From 1988-2000, she worked with David and Mair LaTouche at Benchmark as mountmaker, crew leader, and catalog product developer. With Benchmark and as an independent contract mountmaker, she has designed, fabricated and installed exhibition mounts at major institutions and private collectors in the US, Japan and England. Her museum career started in the Graphics Department at the National Museum of African Art in 1986.

For more information on Shelly's most recent mountmaking project at NMAI

For more information on Mountmaking at NMAI


Shelly received her B.A. in Studio Art (Photography/Visual Communications) from Northern Illinois University with Minors in Art History and French/Chinese in 1983. She studied Chinese Language and Culture at the Xi’an Foreign Languages Institute in Xi’an, China from 1984-5. She has also attended the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, with work toward an M.A. in Linguistics.

Professional Affiliations

Shelly is a member of the American Institute for Conservation(AIC).

Contact Information

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