Shay has published more than 75 books on various subjects. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Shay wrote two series of photography illustrated children's books published by Reilly & Lee. Shay's What It's Like to Be A .. series of books explained various occupations including a doctor, fireman, pilot, policeman, nurse, teacher, dentist, musician and a TV producer. Shay's What Happens.. series of books explained concepts such as what happens when you build a house, spend money, turn on a light and turn on the gas. Other books in Shay's "What Happens.." series included what happens at the zoo, at a gas station, at a newspaper, at an animal hospital, at the circus, in a skyscraper, at the state fair and at a weather station. In 2002, The University of Illinois Press published Shay's photographic essays, Animals, and in 2003, Couples.
Shay's play titled A Clock for Nikita was produced and ran at the Stagelight Theater in 1964. Shay's 2000 autobiography is titled Album for an Age: Unconventional Words and Pictures from the 20th Century. In 2002, the American Theater Company in Chicago staged Shay's autobiographical play, Where Have You Gone, Jimmy Stewart?, directed by Mike Nussbaum.
In 2007, Shay had his first major retrospective of his black and white photographs which ran for six months at the Chicago History Museum: "The Essential Art Shay: Selected Photographs."  In 2008, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago held an exhibit of photographs titled Art Shay: Chicago Accent which included pieces from between 1949 and 1968 of Shay's work while working with Algren of Chicago's "underclass."
In 2010, Chicago's Thomas Master's Gallery featured Shay's first show of exclusively his color photography "Art Shay: True Colors."  In 2012, Shay was inducted into the National Racquetball Hall of Fame.
Since the opening in 1976 of Northbrook Court Mall in Northbrook, Illinois, Shay has been chronicling life at the mall. Shay is also working on a project on the life of The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan. Since the end of 2010, Shay has been writing a weekly photography blog "From the Vault of Art Shay" on Chicagoist.
|Alternative names||Shay, Arthur|
|Short description||American photographer, playwright, writer and United States Army officer|
|Date of birth||1922|
|Place of birth||Bronx|
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