about the artist

about the artist

Shanna Fliegel grew up in Northwest New Jersey. After graduating with a BFA in Studio Art from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in 2001 she went on to complete two residencies at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA and Greenwich House Pottery in NYC. Drawing and painting was Shanna’s first love and she continued to search for the perfect marriage of image and clay while fulfilling her MFA at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.

After graduate school in 2008 Shanna worked as a resident artist and instructor at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY and as a summer resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. In 2010 she moved to Billings, MT where she taught as Assistant Professor of Art at Montana State University until 2014.

Ceramic artist, Sue Tirrell, recently invited her work to be a part of “Stories on Clay” at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL. She is preparing two solo shows for the spring, one at InTandem Gallery, located near Penland School for the Arts, NC and another at Larkin Arts in Harrisonburg, VA. In March 2017 she will be represented by Gandee Gallery at the Gallery Expo during NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) and will be presenting a gallery talk. The Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY has included her in a three-day workshop series in January 2017. In addition, she has received grants worth over $6,000 to help fund professional work and community projects. Shanna was the recipient of the MSUB 2012-2013 Winston and Helen Cox Fellowship that recognizes junior faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences who show exceptional promise as teachers and scholars and as institutional leaders.

Shanna currently resides in New Bern, NC where she teaches Ceramics, Drawing and Art Appreciation at Craven Community College and works as a studio artist.