While strongly believing that the key to social change is compassionate relationships that lead to genuine support, Shannon Finnell’s work attempts to embody that lesson through the exploration and deconstruction of supportive gestures and moments. Pulling from her BA in Studio Art and Peace Studies from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, the marriage of visual art and questioning oppressive social structures is where Finnell finds inspiration for her work. She received an MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Parsons School of Design at The New School in 2018 and continues to engage with concepts of support through experimentation of video, installation, photographic practices and collaboration with modern and contemporary dancers.
Finnell is now working at the School of Visual Arts in Career Development where she is part of a team that leads and develops workshops, hosts industry recruiters, and meets with students one-on-one to support them in their career path. She is also the Founder and Director of Arts Connective, an arts organization that aims to strengthen international arts conversation through hosting pop-up shows and sharing resources.
Notable exhibitions include the participation and production of Governing Bodies at the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries (New York City, NY 2017) and Rosy-Crimson with Kim Hoeckele at Queens International at the Queens Museum (Queens, NY 2018).