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.