about the artist

about the artist

Shanna Fliegel grew up in Northwest New Jersey with a dog, cat, horse, ferret, bird, iguana, fish, snakes, hamsters, and a rabbit. 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.

Shanna recently prepared two curatorial projects during NCECA 2018 (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) and will be presenting at SOFA Chicago for the first time in November. As an Artist Invite Artist session leader at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Shanna is looking forward to spending two weeks in Maine working on a new body of work in late August.

Shanna is currently based out of New Bern, NC, teaches ceramics in Washington DC at the Sidwell Friends School, and is looking forward to relocating to beautiful Byfield, Massachusetts for a newly accepted position teaching ceramics and sculpture at The Governor’s Academy.