Bio
Shara Hannah Shadowspeaker is a multi-media artist who works with found objects that already embody a history as well as traditional and non-traditional artist’s materials.  Shara's 2-D and 3-D artwork often incorporates layers of text, line, and the body.  Her work has been reviewed and featured in THE magazine published in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Shadowspeaker was one of 14 artists selected by Judy Chicago for the 2008 show "Feminists Under 40", held at her gallery Through the Flower in Belen, New Mexico.

Shadowspeaker's artwork has been exhibited in galleries, art fairs, and symposiums in Los Angeles, Orange County, Oakland, San Francisco, Albuquerque, Chicago, and Paris.  She is a member of the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base, an on-line artist registry. Her artwork is also held in numerous private collections.  Shadowspeaker received a Bank of America Art Excellence Award in 1991 for accomplishments in music, foreign language and fine art.  She also received a grant from the University of New Mexico in 2008 for research in the Czech Republic related to her Masters thesis exhibition.

Shara was born in 1973 in Southern California.  She graduated with a BFA in Drawing and Painting in 1998 from CSU Fullerton. Two years prior, in 1996, Shara studied a semester at the Sorbonne University of Paris and the Otis Parson's School of Design in Paris, France. During her final semester at CSU Fullerton, she moved to The Brewery in downtown Los Angeles: the oldest, legal, live/work artists' community in Los Angeles.   Surrounded by over 300 working artists, Shara gained many valuable business and networking skills as well as the pleasure of working amongst a thriving artists' community.

Continuing to answer the call for deeper learning, travel and adventure, Shara moved to Chicago in the fall of 2003 for a one-year post-baccalaureate certificate in studio program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She returned to the Bay Area briefly before relocating to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to study her Masters in Art Education at the University of New Mexico.  Back in the Bay Area since 2009, Shara has been teaching for a variety of visual art programs and is the proud Mama of a playful and imaginative 8 year old. Shara is currently the visual art teacher at St. Joseph ES in Alameda, teaching K through 8th grade art.


 


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