1943 - 2021

Shirley Henderson was an artist and educator renowned for her pastel courtroom illustrations.

Bridge Red Studios


Born in Newcastle, PA, Shirley Henderson arrived in Miami in 1966 and immediately distinguished herself as a vital member of an early group of teaching artists who arrived in Miami in the 1960's and 1970's. Her students at Miami Dade College and later The University of Miami revered her as an inspirational teacher and role model.

As a committed artist, Shirley continued her development for over four decades as one of Miami's most esteemed artists, including her participation in the then fledgling South Florida Art Center now known as the highly respected Arts Organization, Oolite Arts. Her paintings are experiences in themselves; painted edge to edge with a dense pigmentation referencing both a lyrical figuration and her own personal landscape.

Nationally known as a courtroom illustrator, her large body of work was exhibited at the Miami History Museum in 2010 in a memorable tour de force of an artist at the top of her profession. Henderson retired to Savannah, Georgia where she continued to work on her paintings in her home studio.

For me, when painting, what I take away is as important as what I add. However, it's what's left that matters. This remains true throughout all of my work, past and present.

Shirley Henderson
Shirley Henderson
Courtroom : Alcee Hastings
Courtroom : Bush/Cheny
Blue + Green, 42 x 48, 2017
Courtoom : Christo
Figure #3, 48 x 60
Exotic Floral Study, 65 x 48, 2005
Night Window, 48 x 72, 1999
Figure #8, 48 x 60
Ochre + Sienna, 30 x 40, 2019
Courtroom : Ted Bundy
Window 12, 48 x 60, 2012
Transcendence, 48 x 60, 1999



Kent State University, Master of Arts, 1966, Bachelor of Science, 1965


2015 Shirley Henderson, Courtroom Illustrations, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne
2010 Illustrating Justice: The Courtroom Art of Shirley Henderson, Historic Museum of Southern FL
2004 Kimonos and Figures, curated by Jim Tomany, Miami, FL
1999 Transcendence New Paintings by Shirley Henderson, Exhibit Space, MB, FL
1999 Court Call: Artistic Justice in Miami's Notorious Courtrooms, Bar Room, MB, FL
1998-Pr University of Miami School of Law, permanent exhibit, ongoing collection, Miami, FL
1995-Pr Permanent exhibit, ongoing collection – Joe's, Miami Beach, FL
1997 Witness South Florida Art Center, Courtroom Drawings, MB, FL
1992 SFAC Presents: Shirley Henderson, Courtroom Drawings, MB, FL
1991 Shirley Henderson Paintings Gotlieb Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1989 Altared States, Through the Looking Glass, Sokolsky Center, MB, FL
1983 Moving Pictures, traveling exhibition Miami Dade Public Library, Miami, FL
1983 Moving Pictures, the Trial of Alcee Hastings, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, FL
1983 Scenes at Court, Shirley Henderson, Art Space Virginia Miller Gallery, Coral Gables
1981 Progressions, Recent Paintings, Virginia Miller Galleries, Coconut Grove, FL
1979 Artist in Residence, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
1977 The Space Between, Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL
1975 Painting, Shirley Henderson Thiele, Miami Dade Community College North Campus
1970 Paintings, Drawings and Graphics, Miami Dade Community College North Campus


2019 Perez Art Museum Miami, Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980–83 | A Documentary Exhibition, Miami, FL
Bridge Red Ballyhoo II!, Miami, FL
2018 Telfair Art Bash, Savannah, GA
2017 transphysics: istwa, landscapes, paisajes, Curated by William Cordova, Art & Culture Center, Hollywood, FL
2016 Daniel Reed Hospitality, In/Out Opus, Savannah, GA
Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association and ARC, Savannah 3rd Annual Artists & Artisans Tour, Savannah, GA
2014 WORK / WORK, Curated by Katherine Pill, MOAD, Freedom Tower, Miami, FL
2013 Paint!, BRS #3, Miami, FL
2011 MDCC North Campus 1970s Faculty, Bridge Red Studios/Project Space, Miami, FL
2011 Ground, Bridge Red Studios/Project Space, Miami, FL
2008-11 Miami International University of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, Miami, FL
2007-13 Miami Dade College Art Faculty Exhibition, Wolfson Campus, Miami, FL
2006 And You Thought You Brought it with You, Art and Culture in Miami before 1980, Bakehouse, Miami, FL
2005 54th Annual All Florida Juried Competition, Boca Raton Museum of Art
2004 Art in Bloom, Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, MB, FL
2003 Stomping Ground, Art Center South Florida, MB, FL
2002 Home Grown, part 2, Art Center South Florida, MB, FL
2000 Family Size, South Florida Art Center, MB, FL
1999 Director's Cut, SFAC Anniversary Exhibit, SFAC, MB, FL
1997 For the Record, South Florida Courtroom Drawing, Curated by Barbara Young, Miami-Dade Public Library, Miami-Dade Cultural Center, Miami, FL
1997 Transition, SFAC, curated by Mary Lou Lanin, Lanin Galleries, MB, FL
1994 Victoria Galleries, Coral Gables, FL
1993 Fourth All Florida Biennial, Polk Museum, Purchase Award, Lakeland, FL
1992 Among Friends, Contemporary Works on Paper, two year traveling exhibition
Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Michigan Museum of Art, Northwestern University
Michigan College, Detroit Institute for the Arts. Collection of Jan VanDerMarck
1989 Scratch Gallery, New York, NY
1989 Les Plus Grandes Pientures D'Amerique, Luxembourg Museum, Paris, France
1987-8 Les Plus Grandes Pientures D'Amerique, Tonneins, France
1986 Christo's Surrounded Islands, traveling exhibit, Berlin Museum, Maeght Foundation
1984-5 Faculty Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Coral Gables, FL
1982 Florida Painting 82, Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, FL, Bruce Dempsey Dir.
1982 Gallery Artists, Virginia Miller Gallery, Coral Gables, FL
1980 Six Artists, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
1980 Florida Faculty Painting Exhibition, Florida International University
1979 Faculty Showcase, Art In Culture Center, Hollywood, FL
1975-8 University of Miami Faculty Exhibition, Lowe Museum, Coral Gables, FL
1976 Professional Women Artists of Florida, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL
1971 33 Miami Artists, Miami Art Center, Juror Robert Doty, Curator Whitney Museum, NY
1964 Cleveland May Show, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland OH


2004 Art in Public Places purchase award, Volusia County Courthouse, Deland, FL
1993 Purchase Award, 4th All Florida Biennial, Polk Museum, Lakeland, FL
1988 Bronze Medal, Les Plus Grand Peintures D'Amerique, Tonneins, France
1979 Artist in Residence, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
1973 Best in Show, Hortt Memorial Competition, Ft Lauderdale, FL
1972 Best in Show, Hortt Memorial Competition, Ft Lauderdale, FL
1969 First Place, Ala Moana Festival, Honolulu, HI


2009-p Miami International University of Art and Design, part-time instructor, Miami, Fl
2007-9 Miami International University of Art and Design, adjunct instructor, Miami, Fl
2006-pr Miami Dade College, Assistant Professor, adjunct instructor, Miami, FL
2004-07American Intercontinental University, adjunct instructor, Plantation, FL
2002 Art South, workshops, figure drawing, Homestead, FL
2001 Art Center South Florida, drawing & 2D design, Miami Beach FL
1999 Miami Artworks Inc, drawing & 2D design, Coral Gables, FL
1994 DASH; Design & Architecture High School, portfolio preparation workshop, Miami, FL
1981-85 Metropolitan Museum of Art, drawing, 2D design, & painting, Coral Gables, FL
1981-pr Courtroom Artist, TV and Print Media: CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, Associated Press International, Local, National, International
1976-81 University of Miami, Assistant Professor, Fine Art, Coral Gables, FL
1973-76 University of Miami, Instructor, Fine Art, Coral Gables, FL
1968-69 United States Army, Honolulu, HI, Art Instructor
1966-73 Miami Dade Community College, adjunct and fulltime instructor, Miami, FL


Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Polk Museum of Art, Fourth All Florida Biennial, Lakeland, FL
Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL


Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Miami, FL
University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL
Miami Dade Public Library, Permanent Collection, Miami, FL
Art South, Homestead, FL
Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL
Kent State University, Kent, OH


Holland and Knight, Portrait Commission, Miami, FL, Washington, DC
Michael Gold and Associates, New York, NY
Oppenheim, Apple, Dixon and Co., Miami, FL
Kroger Properties, Miami, FL
Continental Bank International, Miami, FL
Manchester Securities Corporation, Miami, FL
McCabe and Co, Advertising, New York, NY
Motivational Imagery, Inc., Miami, FL
Nine Island Drive Condominium, Belle Isle, Miami Beach, FL
Joanne Bass, Joe's Stone Crab, Miami Beach, FL


Jan Van Der Marck, curator, 20th Century Collection, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI
Christo, artist, Surrounded Islands, Miami Beach, FL
George Bolge, Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
Oliver Stone, Filmmaker, Hollywood, CA
Roy Black Esq., Black and Seiden, Miami, FL
Arison Foundation for the Arts, Miami, FL
Suzanne Lipshutz, Second Hand Rose Gallery, New York, NY
Jan Carsonn Cheezem Esq., Cheezem, Monteflo, and Kenney, Miami, FL
Mel Fisher, Treasure Hunter, Key West, FL
I. Stanley Levine, Esq., Levine and Geiger, Miami, FL
Sam Burstyn, Esq., Miami, FL
Dr. Lou Falletta, & Ms. Barbara Falletta, Art Historian, Sunrise, FL
Ellie Schneiderman, Founder, South Florida Art Center, MB, FL
Dr. Neil Schneiderman, Univ. of Miami Dept. of Behavioral Sciences, Coral Gables, FL
Mac and Mary Klein, Restauranteurs, Piccadilly Garden, Mac's Club Deuce, MB, FL
Congressman Dan Gelber, former mayor, City of Miami Beach, FL
Fred and Terry Ness, Ness Construction, Nay Castle, PA
Rose Pujol, Pujol Construction Corp., Miami, FL
Dr. Arthur and Shari Surloff, Hollywood, FL
Neil Sonnet, Esq., Bierman, Sonnett, Beiley, Shohat, & Sale, P.A., Miami, FL
Helen Kohen, former art critic, Miami Herald, & Dr. Ronald Kohen, Miami Beach, FL
William Cox, architect, & Mrs. Petey Cox, ASID, art critic, publisher, Miami, FL
Frederic Schwartz, Esq., Adorno & Zeder, P.A., Miami, FL
Charles Harrison Pawley, MA, architect, & Mrs. Barbara Pawley, MID, Miami, FL
Bruce Udolf, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Florida, US Federal Court, Miami, FL
Bruce Rogow, Professor, Nova University School of Law, Miami, FL
Hon. William Turnoff, United States Federal Magistrate, Miami, FL
Hon. William Hoevelor, United States Federal Judge, Southern District, FL
Hon. Alan Gold, United States Federal Judge, Southern District, FL
Hon. Patricia Seitz, United States Federal Judge, Southern District, FL