Shannon Gowen
Art / Design / Display 

b. august 31, 1987 (tried-and true virgo) 
Lives and works in San Antonio, TX

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Statement 

In my own work, the idea of rescuing things forgotten and giving them new life only makes them that more beautiful. 

The obsession of collecting objects from the past, such as imagery from books, old magazines and other found material often becomes about the search and desire to combine emergent narrative symbols that seem charged with a familiar yet distant emotion. 

I rummage through junk yards searching for old photographs and relics of people; for the nostalgia that acquiring other people's memories provokes in me. Emotions have always been the driving force in what I do and how I create. 

With collections of stolen memories, I invent slant stories of their existence. Every picture is a point of departure. A fake history. And so, the images carry the weight of a personal reality. 

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Bio

While born in New Mexico, Shannon quickly made her way to Texas. She received her BFA in Art & Design from Texas State University and specialized in fiber arts and paper making. While attending school, she co-founded a student led off-campus arts space 210 Studios, which later moved into a larger space cushioned in-between a dental office and corner store and renamed itself SodaTooth Contemporary. As president of the Association of Fiber Artist at Texas State University, Shannon organized two student shows including Gallimaufry. Prior to graduation, Shannon connected with Artpace as a studio exhibition intern and a PR & marketing internship at the San Antonio Museum of Art followed. 

As an installation and collage artist, in recent years Shannon has worked as an assistant set designer in Austin, TX for the Vortex Theatre, production assistance for Resolve Creative Project House and art director on a few independent films and commercials with Onion Creek Productions. In 2014, she was art director on the music video "Tower to God" by Jinx McGee.

Her work has been spotlighted on TextileArtist.org and was featured in the winter 2011 issue of Surface Design Journal. In 2012, Shannon was commissioned by Public Arts San Antonio to create a storefront installation as part of the X Marks the Art series. Memories of Calhoun County was chosen to be shown at the annual Luminaria arts night. In 2013, she collaborated with sculptor Aldon Mines at BlueOrange Contemporary in Houston presenting the exhibition, Portals of Misconception. Later that year, Shannon created a site-specific outdoor installation for the annual East Austin Studio Tour and organized a community event and an exhibition at channelAustin featuring the work of Lou Ann Bardash.

Shannon co-organized and was a featured artist in the artist collective AME Collaborative in 2014-2015 and has shown at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum's Red Dot in 2014 and 2015. In 2015 Shannon was selected to exhibit her work at Gallery 455 in an all women show "Ladies Night" as well as at the 2015 Artist Foundation of San Antonio's Movable Art Party auction. Shannon's small mixed media works can be purchased at French & Michigan.

With a love of photography, in 2015 Shannon co-directed the first annual 4x5 Photo Fest alongside San Antonio Photographers Scott Ball and Josh Huskin, bringing together emerging talent with seasoned professionals and renowned artists such as headliner Dan Winters. She is actively seeking new talent to showcase for upcoming festivals.

Currently, Shannon acts as the Media and Marketing Manager at the Southwest School of Art. She most recently worked as the Gallery & Exhibitions Manager at the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio, TX. She continues to pursue set design and community art projects, including Piñata Presence, an ongoing interactive art project creating temporary pop-up piñata installations as a means of activating downtown San Antonio. Pinata Presence was commissioned by the City of San Antonio's Culture and Creativity Department to create site-specific temporary installations at the San Antonio International Airport in 2015. Pinata Presence has appeared at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum's Red Dot, the Maverick Music Festival and several pop-up locations, parties and events.
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With a diverse background working in various galleries, museums, production companies and a photo festival offering visual, set and art directive needs, Shannon is dedicated to encouraging the arts as a vehicle to disseminate and discuss important issues and ideas, and has a great understanding of how the arts can empower people and communities. She would love to hear more about your upcoming project needs.

During her free time, Shannon enjoys hanging out with Scott - her very talented partner in crime, and her ever needy pup Tacoma. She eats tacos most days and is patiently awaiting her first child due May 2017. #thefutureisfemaleyall

Open for projects, installations & commissions. For more information, please address your inquiry or say hello at shannongowen@gmail.com.