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Shannon Smith is an African American portrait artist based in Oklahoma City. Shannon Smith’s work has been featured in a number of shows, local, and out of state galleries- including showings at Oklahoma Contemporary, Current Studio, DNA Galleries, The Paseo Plunge, CFA Studio in Albuquerque, NM, and publications with The Santa Ana River Review (Winter 2018), Art Focus Magazine, and Oklahoma Today Magazine. In addition, Shannon was a mentee with the Inclusion in Art 2018 Mentorship Program.



Artist Statement:

I am a visual artist based in Oklahoma City. My work largely deals with racial identity and mental health awareness. Through portraiture, I try to increase the visibility of women of color, challenging their representation or lack thereof in western art. I am also working on a collection of pieces that will provoke discussion about mental illness stigma- particularly the stigma surrounding childhood trauma and the lingering impact that childhood trauma has on the lives of adult survivors. Holistically, my work deals with the mislabels that are projected on marginalized groups by dominant society and seeks to dismantle and redefine these misrepresentations. My dominant mediums are soft pastel, watercolor, acrylic, and alcohol ink marker.



Shannon N. Smith

Oklahoma City, OK 





Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

May 2016

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK



Oct 2018 Inclusion in Art 2018 Mentee Showing, Oklahoma Contemporary, OKC, OK

May 2016 Bigfoot Creative, Norman, OK



Feb 2019 The Black Renaissance, The Plaza, OKC, OK

Feb 2019 Paseo Arts Association Members Show, Paseo Art Space, OKC, OK *

Feb 2019 Fresh Oklahoma 2019, Landon Thomas Designs, Tulsa, OK*

Dec 2018 Inclusion in Art at the Art Hall, The Art Hall, OKC, OK

Oct 2018 Harvest, DNA Galleries, OKC, OK*

June 2018 ¡Viva Sabor!, Tower Theatre, OKC, OK

June 2018 Coffee and Art Fundraiser for Under Her Wing was the Universe, Leap Coffee, OKC, OK

June 2018 Creative Advocacy; Addressing Power, CFA Downtown Studio, Albuquerque, NM*

May 2018 Raised by Wolf Gods: A Hayao Miyazaki Art Show, OKC, OK

March 2018 Literary Art Show, Paseo Plunge, OKC, OK*

Jan 2018 The Yellow Wallpaper, Paseo Plunge, OKC, OK*

Jan 2018 Resolutions, DNA Galleries, OKC, OK*

Nov 2017 Oklahoma Inspired, DNA Galleries, OKC, OK*

Nov 2017 Oklahoma ArtCade, OKC, OK*

July 2017 NASTY WOMEN, Current Studio, OKC, OK*

July 2017 The Natural World, DNA Galleries, OKC, OK

June 2017 808s and Solid Snake: A Kanye West/MGS Art Show, OKC, OK

Aug 2016 Lunch Box Group Show, DNA Galleries, OKC, OK

Permanent Installation, Literati Press OK, Author Portrait Wall

*Juried showing



May 2019 Tulsa Mayfest*

*Juried festival



Inclusion in Art 2018 Mentorship Program

May 2018 Paseo Arts Festival Volunteer

Oklahoma Art Guild Member

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Member



$250 Professional Basics Grant, OVAC, 2018



Summer 2019: Art Focus Magazine- Exphrasis, OKC, OK

Jan/Feb 2019: Oklahoma Today Magazine; Cover illustration and illustrations for Freedom Road article

Winter 2018: Santa Ana River Review, Riverside, CA