BioShannon Benine (b. 1978) is an American artist whose work simultaneously investigates the state of social documentary photography while it explores manifestations of disease, wars and the energy crisis in American life. Drawing from years of intensive research, Benine combines photography, video and sound to create multimedia installations that engage the viewer in a discussion and debate about America’s politically charged history.

Benine's work has been held in several collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the National Centre of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia and the Kalaupapa National Historic Museum in Hawaii. She has received grant support from multiple institutions including the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Midwest Society for Photographic Education and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Her work has been exhibited at the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio; the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Illinois; the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts and the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington.

Benine holds an MFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA in Photography and BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington in Seattle. She lives in Sonoma County and works as an Assistant Professor and Director of Photography & Media Arts in the Department of Art & Art History at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California.
CVEDUCATION
2007
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) / MFA Photography / Chicago / IL

2003
University of Washington (UW) / BFA Photography / BA Interdisciplinary Visual Arts / Minor Art History / Seattle / WA

GRANTS / FELLOWSHIPS / AWARDS
2016
RSCAP January Mini-Grant / Sonoma State University / Rohnert Park / CA

2013
Greater Columbus Arts Council / Visual Arts Fellowship / Columbus / OH
Columbus College of Art & Design / FD Grant / Columbus / OH

2010
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs / CAAP Grant / Chicago / IL
Oxford Film Festival / Exceptional Artistic Merit in Film / Oxford / MS

2008
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs / CAAP Grant / Chicago / IL
Midwest SPE / National Conference Adjunct Scholarship

2005–2007
UIC / TA Fellowship / Department of Photography /Chicago / IL

2006
UIC / Provost’s Award for Graduate Research / Chicago / IL

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011
The Brunswick Gallery / Means Without End / Jersey City / NJ

2009
Chicago Photography Center / Means Without End / Chicago / IL

2005
The Globe Gallery / Foreign Waste / Seattle / WA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014
David Weinberg Photography / This May Have Happened / Chicago / IL
Columbus Museum of Art / GCAC 2013 Visual Arts Fellows / Columbus / OH
OSU Urban Arts Space / Fragments of an Unknowable Whole / Columbus / OH

2013
Byers Gallery / LOVE LIBRARY / Columbus / OH
Hammond Harkins Gallery / Naked / Columbus / OH
OSU Urban Arts Space / I Forgot to Forget / Columbus / OH
Wehrle Gallery / THIS IS / Columbus / OH
Johalla Projects / Archetype Drift / Filter Photo Festival / Chicago / IL
Salisbury University Gallery / Beyond Vision / Salisbury / MD
Tempus Projects / I never thought so much could change / Tampa / FL

2012
Salisbury University Gallery / Daily Practice / Salisbury / MD

2011
11th Annual Pingyao International Photography Festival / Symbiosis / Pingyao / China
Hartmann Center Gallery / Entropy / Bradley University / Peoria / IL
Moreau Art Galleries / The Aesthetics of War and Reconciliation / Saint Mary’s College / Notre Dame / IN

2010
Hartmann Gallery / From the Lab / Bradley University / Peoria / IL
Gallery 130 / Lo-Fi, Hi-Fi: Contemporary Video Art / University of Mississippi / Oxford / MS

2009
Catherine Edelman Gallery / The Chicago Project III / Chicago / IL

2008
National Centres of Contemporary Art / In Transition Russia 2008 / Yekaterinburg and Moscow / Russia
Tacoma Contemporary / Woolworth Windows / Tacoma / WA
Griffin Museum of Photography / 14th Annual Juried Exhibition / Winchester / MA
Orleans Street Gallery / FOTO-WORK 2008 / St. Charles / IL
Woman Made Gallery / Her Mark 2009 / Chicago / IL
Chicago Cultural Center / ArtFutura 2008 / Chicago / IL

2007
Gallery 400 / MFA Thesis Exhibitions / UIC / Chicago / IL

2006
Gallery 400 / Road Trip / UIC / Chicago / IL

2003
The Jacob Lawrence Gallery / BFA Studio Art / UW / Seattle / WA
The Jacob Lawrence Gallery / School of Art Open / UW / Seattle / WA

2002
University of Washington Medical Center / Installations / Seattle / WA
The Photographic Center Northwest / 16x20 / Seattle / WA / New Zealand / Tasmania

2001
The Ceramics and Metal Arts Gallery / Stranger / UW / Seattle / WA
The Jacob Lawrence Gallery / Works on Paper + Small 3-D / UW / Seattle / WA

Screenings
2010
7th Annual Oxford Film Festival / Oxford Film Festival / Oxford / MS

2009
Portland Community Media / Extremely Shorts 12 / Portland / OR
Aurora Picture Show / Extremely Shorts 12 Film Festival / Houston / Texas / Portland / OR

2008
Crawl Space / Centennial Video Special / Seattle / WA

Collections
Museum of Contemporary Photography / Midwest Photographers Project / Chicago / IL
Aurora Picture Show / Houston / TX
National Centre of Contemporary Art / Moscow / Russia
Lafarge of North America / Seattle / WA

ARTIST LECTURES
2016
Sonoma State University / Visiting Artists Lecture Series / Rohnert Park / CA

2015
California College of the Arts / Photography Lecture Series / Oakland / CA
Sonoma State University / Invited Speaker / Rohnert Park / CA

2014
Northern Illinois University / Invited Speaker / DeKalb / IL

2013
The Ohio State University / Invited Speaker / Columbus / OH

2012
The Ohio State University / Invited Speaker / Columbus / OH
Virginia Commonwealth University / Invited Speaker / Richmond / VA

2011
Columbus College of Art & Design / Invited Speaker / Columbus / OH

2010
Bradley University / Slane College: Invited Speaker / Peoria / IL
Oxford Film Festival / 7th Annual Oxford Film Festival / Oxford / MS

2009
Chicago Photography Center / Means Without End / Chicago / IL

2008
School of the Art Institute of Chicago / Faculty Lecture Series / Chicago / IL
Midwest SPE Regional Conference / Adjunct Scholarship Recipient / Cleveland / OH

2007
Gallery 400 / Westhope: Above and Below / University of Illinois at Chicago / Chicago / IL

SELECTED BIOGRAPHY / REVIEWS
2013
OSU Urban Arts Space / I Forgot to Forget / Columbus / OH
Salisbury University Galleries / Beyond Vision / Salisbury / MD

2012
Salisbury University Galleries / Daily Practice / Salisbury / MD

2011
2011 China Pingyao International Photography Festival / Pingyao / China / Pg. 302-303
10 Years + Counting / www.10yearsandcounting.org

2010
Lumpen / Means Without End / Chicago / IL / Vol. 18, Issue 114, Feb., Pg. 26-28

2009
ChicagoNow; Art Talk Chicago / Means Without End at Chicago Photography Center / Martha Sarno / Chicago, IL / November 8
Photo District News / Picks of the Month / New York, NY / Vol. 29, Issue 8, August, Pg. 20
Catherine Edelman Gallery / The Chicago Project III / Chicago / IL
(Con)Temporary Art Guide / Chicago / IL
Lumpen / Version 09 / Chicago / IL / Vol. 18, Issue 1, June, Pg. 53

2008
National Centres of Contemporary Art / In Transition Russia 2008 / Moscow / Russia / Pg. 213, 301
Afterimage / Snapshot / Bill Kouwenhoven / Vol. 35.6, Pg 2
The Weekly Volcano / Glass Half Full / Alec Clayton / August 21
The Stranger / The State of Video Art; It’s Not About Video / Jen Graves / Vol. 17, No. 26, Pg. 24
Her Mark 2009 / Chicago / IL

2007
Belief / Chicago / IL / Pg. 18-23

CURATORIAL PROJECTS / EXHIBITIONS JURIED
2016
Gualala Arts / Juror / 2016 Arts in the Redwoods Fine Art exhibit / Gualala / CA

2014
Canzani Gallery / Co-Curator / Sitter / Columbus / OH

2013
ROY G BIV Gallery / Juror / ImageOHIO 14 / Columbus / OH

2012
CCAD Faculty Presentation Gallery / Curator / The World Forgetting by the World Forgot / Columbus / OH
Bowling Green State University Fine Arts Center Galleries / Juror / NOWOH / Bowling Green / OH

2010–2011
Backspace Artist Collective + Gallery / Founding Member / President / www.wearebackspace.org / Peoria / IL

RESIDENCIES
2013
8550 Ohio / Invited Artist / Chesterhill / OH
Camp Wandawega / Invited Artist / Elkhorn / WI

2012
Harold Arts / Invited Artist / Chesterhill / OH

STUDENTS / FACULTY COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS
2012
Thunderdome / Clifton Cultural Arts Center / Cincinnati / OH

2010-2011
Entropy / Bradley University / Peoria / IL

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
2015–Current
Sonoma State University / Assistant Professor / Director of Photography & Media Arts / Department of Art & Art History / Rohnert Park / CA

2011–2015
Columbus College of Art & Design / Associate Professor of Photography & Multi Media / Department of Photography / Columbus / OH

2010–2011
Bradley University / Assistant Professor of Art / Head of Photography / Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts / Peoria / IL

2007–2010
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago / Instructor / Department of Photography / Chicago / IL

2009–2010
Vermont College of Fine Arts / Artist-Teacher / MFA in Visual Art Program / Montpelier / VT

2007–2008
UIC / Adjunct Assistant Professor / Department of Photography / Chicago / IL

2005–2007
UIC / Instructor of Record / Department of Photography / Chicago / IL

Shannon Benine