Archive of Author | Shannon Rankin

Shannon Rankin was born in California (1971) and grew up in Vermont. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maine College of Art (1997). She currently divides her time between Maine and New Mexico. Her solo and two person exhibitions include Overview, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico (2016), Crux, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, Maine (2013), Fathom, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine (2011) and Disperse / Displace, Gallery Voss, Düsseldorf, Germany (2010). Papercut, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA (2006). Select group exhibitions include Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH (2017), Beyond Boundaries, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT (2015), Excavations, New Art Center, Newton, MA (2015), U.S. Embassy, Doha, Qatar (2014), Making A New Whole, UNE Gallery, Portland, Maine (2014), Santorini Biennale, Santorini, Greece, Moving Maps, EPFL Rolex Learning Center, Lausanne, Switzerland; Maps, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, Maine, and Constructed Territory, Wright State University, Ohio. Recent awards include the Individual Artist Grant awarded by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (2015), the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Biennial Juror’s Prize (2010), and residencies at the Roswell Artist in Residence Program (2016), the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska (2011) and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont (2010).

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Articles with Shannon Rankin


Where the Dragons Lie

Shannon Rankin is an artist who uses the language of maps to explore the complexities and interconnections between the inner and outer worlds, between that which is known and that which remains beyond the field of knowledge, that mythical place on medieval maps where the dragons lie and cherubs blow the wind. The duality of our human capacity for imagination and reason, for creation and destruction, for being of nature and apart from it, is a rhumb line that courses through her work.