Shelley DeMaria earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and Art History from Southern Methodist University in 2004, and is a candidate for a Master of Arts in Art History from Hunter College, City University of New York. Her thesis, currently in progress, examines the iconography of still-life paintings created in Paris under the German Occupation of World War II. Since 2011, DeMaria has served as Curatorial Assistant at the Meadows Museum in Dallas. She has contributed catalogue entries for Impressions of Europe: Nineteenth-Century Vistas by Martín Rico (2013) and supporting research for Sorolla and America (2013), both exhibitions at the Meadows Museum. Most recently, DeMaria curated an exhibition and accompanying catalogue of works by contemporary artist John Alexander, Human/nature. The Ridiculous and Sublime: Recent Works by John Alexander (2015).