Established in 1998, Shain Gallery has earned a reputation as one of the finest contemporary art providers in the Southeast. Located in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte, NC, and owned by Sybil Godwin, the gallery was awarded Charlotte Magazine’s "Best Gallery" distinction.

Shain Gallery serves a discriminating clientele of regional homeowners and corporations and represents over forty different nationally and regionally acclaimed artists. The gallery offers consultation and acquisition assistance, an annual schedule of exhibitions, and welcomes clients who are just beginning to collect art and those who have been collecting for years.

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Sybil Godwin - Gallery Owner

Sybil Godwin was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, and has over 15 years of experience in the art world. She attended North Carolina State University, and, upon graduating, moved straight to Atlanta to begin her career in galleries.  Sybil worked in galleries in Atlanta for close to ten years, and moved to Charlotte in 2013. She became owner of Shain Gallery in 2017 after almost five years as Gallery Director, and continues to cultivate relationships with artists and clients within Charlotte and across the country. She is always keeping an eye out for up and coming, emerging artists and loves having the opportunity to support her artists and witness their work finding forever homes. As owner, her goals for the gallery are to continue supporting the Charlotte art community and keep connecting her clients with the perfect pieces of art.

Sybil is married to Bill. Together they also own Paper Skyscraper, a local and beloved gift shop in Charlotte, NC. They have two daughters under the age of four.




Eli Cordell - Gallery Director

Eli Cordell was born and raised in Charlotte, NC and received a BA in Art History from the College of Charleston. After having the opportunity to travel and visit the arts and cultures on which she focused her studies, she moved back to Charlotte to pursue a career that would allow her to combine her love of art with her desire to contribute to the ever-expanding art network in her native city.  After beginning at Shain Gallery in March of 2017, she became Gallery Manager in the Fall of 2017.  As someone who has always found her own home and office more welcoming with the right works of art on the walls, Eli enjoys working with clients to find the perfect pieces to complete their own space.


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Kimberly Duncan - Gallery Associate

The third Charlotte native to join the Shain Gallery staff, Kimberly Duncan earned a BA in Studio Art and Environmental Studies from Colgate University in upstate New York. Her love for art has followed her throughout her life, beginning as an incessant drawer and culminating in the dedication of her education to studying the art practice.. As a result she has a great appreciation for different art processes and visual styles and feels she understands art on a personal level. She looks forward to learning more about the flourishing Charlotte art market and using her creativity and passion for the arts to contribute to Shain.


Rent the Gallery

We are happy to share this beautiful space with you for any event you have! To inquire about renting the gallery for the night please contact Sybil at The gallery will hold 70 people comfortably.





Shain Gallery accepts artists submissions. Please note the following before submitting your art for consideration:

Do not send original artwork. Do not send anything in the mail. We will not be responsible for returning anything. Do not bring work in the gallery, unless you have made a specific appointment to do so with either Sybil or Eli. 

If you’d like to submit, please email ten or more low-res jpegs only, plus one detail.

Include the title, year executed, medium and dimensions of each piece submitted in the body of the email.


Include a brief description of your work, written in English, as well as a resume, biographical history, artist statement, reviews and other material that supplements your work.