About

As an artist, Shawn McCann is one who loves to explore the relationship of art,

space, and interaction. Having graduated the Minneapolis College of Art and Design

with a BFA, Shawn has grown into a multi-media, multi-disciplinary artist whose work

explores color, texture, form, and content.


This approach has led to the many areas in which Shawn’s work has encompassed

including; 2D and 3D street painting, murals,fine art, children’s books, installation art,

temporary and permanent art and commercial illustration.


Within each of these areas, each project has been created with its own

voice, its own character and culminates in a rich experience for the viewer. From the

creation of children’s books, installation of a temporary 4000 square foot mural at the

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, to a mural at IIT Bombay in Mumbai, India, each work of

art is produced with a fresh set of ideas, parameters, and ways in which to enliven the

space within its grasp. His work has won numerous awards and is held in private and

public collections, and has also been featured twice at the LA Times Festival of Books

as a featured illustrator. Shawn has also worked on two National Endowment for the

Arts Grant (Mural and Artist Residency) and also a Minnesota Legacy grant for mural

work in numerous cities. Select street art festivals Shawn has been apart of include the

Dubai Canvas festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, The Arte Al Piso Festival in

Bogota, Colombia, Coloured Earth Festival, Halifax, United Kingdom, Wilhelmshaven

International Street Art festival in Germany, the Sarasota Chalk

Festival, and Artisphere.

Shawn is currently serving as a member of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Board of Directors. Past roles include Vice President of the Minneapolis College of Art

and Design Alumni Board of Directors. Shawn is also the co-founder of Chalkfest at

Arbor Lakes, a festival that has yearly attendance of 40,000 and has also founded 6

other street art festivals in the midwest.

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