Artist Statement

Simulacra and ritual converge through mixed media installations, video, and/or performance. How does gender, religion, equity, and prescription come together in rite and cycle? How do they reproduce in compressed units? How can consumption attempt an exorcism of imperialism while providing an antidote for a fragmented identity. It is the gradual acceptance of the colonizer’s culture to diminish its adverse effects; mithridatism in shades of a tropical sunset.

Simulacro y ritual se entrelazan a través de instalaciones en medios mixtos, video y performance. ¿Cómo se mezcla el género, la religión, la equidad y la medicina en rito y ciclo? ¿Cómo se reproducen en unidades comprimidas? ¿Cómo el consumo lleva al exorcismo del imperialismo y nos ofrece un antídoto para una identidad fragmentada? Es la aceptación gradual de la cultura del colonizador para minimizar los efectos secundarios; Mitradismo en matices de un atardecer tropical.


SHEY [at] AS220.ORG




Shey Rivera is a multi-genre artist, writer, performance curator + arts manager.

Shey Rivera Ríos is the Artistic Director at AS220, an internationally renowned arts center in Providence, RI, and a multi-genre artist. Her work at AS220 focuses on the role of art and culture as a catalyst for social change through community engagement, cross-sector partnerships, and urban renewal. She is an active member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) and the Alliance of Artist Communities. She was part of the founding team of Festival de la Palabra (2010), the largest literature festival in Puerto Rico. The same team reopened the Museum House Concha Melendez in San Juan and activated it with public programming as a hub for literary arts. Rivera completed a BA with double major in Psychology and Sociology in the University of Puerto Rico and coursework in the graduate program for Contemporary Media and Culture in the University of the Sacred Heart, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Rivera is committed to positive community development. She serves on Congressman Jim Langevin’s Art & Culture Advisory Committee, Mayor Elorza’s Art & Culture Transition Team, the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy’s Advisory Committee, Sophia Academy’s Board of Directors, and Providence Cultural Equity Initiative’s Cultural Think Tank. 

Rivera has also served on multidisciplinary grant panels for the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), Doris Duke Foundation, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC), and Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). She has been a guest speaker at Tulane University, University of Puerto Rico, RISD Museum, New Bedford Museum of Art, the Congress of New Urbanism New England Summit, Pittsburgh’s Community Development Summit, Philadelphia Mural Arts, NALAC’s Regional Workshops, Alliance of Artist Communities’ Annual Conference and Emerging Program Workshops, and AS220’s “Practice//Practice” Residency for Artists/Managers.

community involvement

  • Public Art Committee, Dept. of Art, Culture + Tourism, Providence, RI, 2017
  • Downtown Improvement District Board Honorary Member, 2017 – present
  • Downtown Parks Conservancy Advisory Committee, 2016 – present
  • Providence Public Library’s Education Committee, 2016 – present
  • Providence Cultural Equity Initiative, 2016 – present
  • Sophia Academy Board, 2016 – 2017
  • Congressman Jim Langevin’s Art and Culture Advisory Committee, 2015 – present
  • Mayor Jorge Elorza’s Art+Culture Transition Team, 2015

notable artistic projects

  • FANTASY ISLAND, an immersive art installation reflecting on the debt crisis in Puerto Rico and the luxury real estate market. 2017.
  • Las Próceres Collective, multi-genre art and performance in collaboration with artists in Santiago, Chile. 2017
  • Capicú, a multimedia installation in collaboration with Anabel Vázquez Rodriguez, reflecting on the passing of the P.R.O.M.E.S.A. bill in Puerto Rico. Two showings: RISD Exposé Gallery, Providence, RI + The Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA. 2016.
  • Luna Loba, a performance series exploring ritual and transformation, on the full moon. Curator, producer, and artist. Providence, RI. 2016.
  • Los buitres, poetry book. Published at AS220. 2016.
  • La Minotauro, a multimedia installation & performance. Moebius Gallery, Boston. 2015.
  • Fluxus Moon Cabaret, a four-part performance series featuring the work of 12-30 artists from diverse mediums. Launched alongside Jason Curzake and Sussy Santana. 2013-2014. The Fluxus Moon Cabaret: Shapeshifter, a shorter and more intimate version was produced twice in 2014: The Blood Moon and the Hunter Moon. Providence, RI. 2013-2014.
  • ISLANDS, performance art duo with artist Jason Curzake; performances in Boston, Providence, and Puerto Rico. 2012-2015.
  • Las Tenoras, Latina feminist poetry collective; co-founder alongside poets Sussy Santana and Marleny Luna. Poetry & performance. Providence, RI. 2012-2013.
  • Literary work featured in several publications, including the first Queer Puerto Rican literary anthology, titled Los otros cuerpos: Antología de temática gay, lésbica y ‘queer’ desde Puerto Rico y su diáspora (“The Other Bodies: Anthology of Gay, Lesbian and Queer Literature from Puerto Rico and its Diaspora”) in 2007 and, recently, Witch Fingers (2014), an anthology of literary work by visual artists, compiled and published by multi-genre artist Xander Marro.

arts management

AS220. Artistic Director (formerly Director of Programs and, previous to that, Associate Managing Director). AS220 is an internationally renowned arts non-profit with a budget of $3.8mil in Providence, RI. 2010-Present. Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP).

Founder of .Crudo, an independent arts and culture magazine focused on contemporary Latin-American art and culture. San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2010.

Festival de la Palabra 2010. Media and Marketing Coordinator & Production Manager. First ever major literature festival in Puerto Rico. Over 120 international writers and journalists participating in panels and events. Five days of events with literary vendors, two stages with music and panel discussions, workshops, poetry readings, exhibits, children’s activities, film screenings, and an interactive hall for bloggers and local publications. Two weeks of programming in Plaza Las Americas, the largest mall in the Caribbean. The same team re-opened the Casa Museo Concha Melendez in San Juan and activated it with public programming. Also, production of film projects and book releases for writers Mayra Santos-Febres and Willie Perdomo. April-May 2010.

ProYect Syndrome. Founder and producer. ProYect Syndrome was an underground initiative to promote and book independent musical acts in Puerto Rico. 2005-2007. Collaborated with Bea Productions, Moskito Rock Crew, and Hard Noise productions. Production of music events, from multiple small-scale venues to large-scale concerts at the Tito Puente Anfi-Theater in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) Leadership Institute. San Antonio, Texas. July 16-21, 2012. Currently a NALAC Member.

National Association for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) (Now known as The AllianceLeadership Institute. Portland, Oregon. June 2-8, 2012.


Public Humanities Community Fellowship. Brown University. 2016- 2017

Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) Fellow. 2017 – 2018.


  • Performance Art Residency. Santiago, Chile. March 3-12, 2017
  • Artist Micro-Residency. BOOM Concepts Studios. Pittsburgh, PA. Nov 2016.
  • Arts Management Residency. City of Asylum. Pittsburgh, PA. Feb 2015


2008 – 2010. Graduate Studies in Media and Contemporary Culture. Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico. This includes credits in Cultural Branding, Cultural and Creative Industries, and Public Relations.

2002 – 2007. BA with double mayor in Psychology and Sociology; Cum Laude. University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus; San Juan, Puerto Rico. This includes credits in organizational psychology and two years of literature and creative writing.

1989 – 2002. American School; Bayamón, Puerto Rico. High Honors. Advanced Program.


Shey Rivera Rios es artista multidisciplinaria y gestora cultura. Crea instalaciones de medios mixtos, música, poesía, video y performance. Junto al artista Jason Curzake, forma el duo de performance ISLANDS. Junto a Curzake y la artista/poeta Sussy Santana, lanza una serie de performance que incluye alrededor de 30 artistas de diversos medios. Shey también es parte del colectivo de poesía Las Tenoras, junto a las poetas Sussy Santana y Marleny Luna. Shey nació en Puerto Rico en la década de los 80s. Completó un bachillerato doble en Psicología y Sociología en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, recinto de Río Piedras, y cursó la maestría en Medios y Cultura Contemporánea de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Su trabajo ha sido parte de varias publicaciones, incluyendo la primera antología literaria queer en Puerto Rico titulada Los otros cuerpos: Antología de temática gay, lesbica y “queer” desde Puerto Rico y su diáspora (2007) y recientemente Witch Fingers (2014), antología de literatura por artistas visuales compilada y publicada por la artista multi-disciplinaria Xander Marro. También es la fundadora de .Crudo, una revista digital enfocada en la expresión artística contemporánea latinoamericana. Rivera se destaca en el manejo de organizaciones artísticas sin fines de lucro; es fiel defensora de los artistas como agentes de cambio en la sociedad y el valor de las organizaciones manejadas por artistas. En el presente es la Directora Artistica de AS220, un centro cultural internacionalmente reconocido, localizado en Providence, RI. Su trabajo ha sido presentado en Puerto Rico, Boston y alrededor de Rhode Island.