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Shannon Johnstone

Professor of Art

112 Gaddy-Hamrick

(919) 760-8211


Professional biography

Mary Shannon Johnstone is the recipient of numerous awards including “Pause, To Begin” artist, Critical Mass Top 50 (2009, 2010), and Honorable Mentions in Lens Culture’s 2010 International Exposure Awards and International Photography Awards (2009, 2010) . Born in Milwaukee, WI, Mary Shannon Johnstone holds an MFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). As an undergraduate student, in a nationwide photography competition, the famed J. Walter Thompson selected Ms. Johnstone to test Eastman Kodak Company’s new Advanced Photo System Products. Her work from this competition was presented in American Photo, Peterson’s PhotoGraphics, Popular Photography, and Outdoor Photograph. After graduation Johnstone became an artist for ArtLink where her work was exhibited and sold at Sotheby’s in both Tel Aviv and Chicago. In 2005 Algonquin Books selected one of her photographs as the cover image for a novel by Michael Parker. Johnstone has had solo exhibitions in Chicago, Rochester, Durham, and Raleigh. Her current artwork visualizes the implications of animal overpopulation within our community.

As an avid marathoner and ultra-marathoner, Johnstone also photographs while she races and her photographs have been featured in numerous running blogs as well as TrailRunner Magazine, Ultrarunning Magazine, and Runner’s World Online. She hopes to complete her first 100-mile race in March 2012, which, of course, will be thoroughly documented. Johnstone is a tenured Associate Professor at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.


Academic Credentials

MFA Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
BFA The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Course work University of Wisconsin-Madison

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