BFA, 2000, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta; MFA, 2003, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Concurrent Positions: Founder and Executive Director of Threewalls. Curator: Faith Wilding/Fearful Symmetries: A Retrospective; Gestures of Resistance. Research interests: amateurism, pleasure, taste and artist-run organizations/organizing. 

Personal Statement

Shannon Stratton founded Threewalls, a Chicago based not-for-profit for the presentation of contemporary art and ideas, supporting contemporary art through solo exhibitions, residencies, grants, publications, conferences and commissioning programs. She is also founding editor of PHONEBOOK, a guide to contemporary independent and artist-run projects, now in its fourth volume. She helped to establish the Common Field, a national alliance of, and advocacy group for, small-scale visual arts platforms and their producers.

Current projects include: developing Common Field, a national organization for grass roots and independent visual arts cultural production; the development of a smart phone app for the PHONEBOOK volume 4; Threewalls relocation and expansion in 2015; continued touring of Faith Wilding’s retrospective, Fearful Symmetries; and curatorial residencies at Elsewhere, Greensboro, North Carolina; Cannonball, Miami, Florida; and the Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, Indiana.

See personal website for further texts, projects and full CV.


Select Exhibitions

Museum as Instrument, Elsewhere, North Carolina (2015)
Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries, Threewalls, Chicago (2014), Rhodes College, Memphis, (2014), Pasadena Armory, Pasadena (2015)
Resonating Bodies, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis (2013)
Gestures of Resistance: The Slow Assertions of Craft, The Portland Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR (2010) 

Select Awards and Distinction

Board of Governors Alumni Award of Excellence, Alberta College of Art and Design (2013)
Critical Studies Fellow, Cranbrook Academy of Art (2012)
Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts, Chicago Tribune (2011)


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