DePaul alumni, Christopher Shellhammer has accomplished a lot since he graduated DePaul in 1976. Although he was diagnosed with hearing loss at age 5, that didn’t stop him from pursuing an impressive career in the arts. His passion for art began at a young age, selling numerous paintings at national art shows as a child, even landing first place in a portrait competition at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
Christopher attended Carnegie Mellon University and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in metalwork and a minor in painting. Throughout his college career, he received several academic honors. The following year, he was one of only seven artists to be featured in the “Prospective Artists” exhibit sponsored by Pittsburgh Plan for Art. In 1990, he landed a job as a metal polisher, eventually working his way up in the company to become a diamond setter. During this time, he opened his first art and jewelry gallery.
Christopher continues to paint full-time today. His paintings have been featured at the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival, Three Rivers Art Festival, and Shadyside Art Festival among many others. He’s even branched out to write and illustrate his own children’s book, “Moon’s Planet,” which can be purchased here.