She received her B.A. in Art History from Yale University and has over ten years of professional experience in the contemporary visual arts. As a writer, her articles, interviews, and essays have appeared in publications including Artforum.com, East of Borneo, Los Angeles Review of Books, BOMB Magazine, and books on Chris Ofili, Marcel Dzama, Keith Duncan, and other artists. Shaw was awarded a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for Short-Form Writing. Recognized for conceptual leadership in New Orleans, she has moderated panels on a range of topics including organizational sustainability and institutional/community relationship building. She was chosen for the NAMAC National Leadership Institute in 2013.