Former Patient’s Foot Molds / 2016

Leprosy and the ‘Leper’ Reconsidered
September 20 – 22 / 2018
McGill University
Montréal / Quebec / Canada

I will be presenting my newest body of work “Molokaʻi” this September at the Leprosy and the ‘Leper’ Reconsidered conference in Montréal, Canada.

Belt of Venus / 2016

The Print Swap, a worldwide initiative by Feature Shoot, is heading to the Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) this April in an exhibition curated by Paul Kopeikin, the director of the internationally renowned Kopeikin Gallery. All images included in The Print Swap are printed and mailed at random to participating photographers around the world, and thirty standout photographs from the last few months are part of this exhibition. Selected artists hail from points around the map, with exhibiting photographers based in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the UK, Germany, Norway, Ireland, Switzerland, and Malaysia.

Old Woman’s Cave (Entrance) / 2015

Framed: Landscape Photography
January 1 – 20 / 2018
Opening Reception: Friday January 5 / 6 – 8 pm
Black Box Gallery
Portland / Oregon

Several prints from my recent “Molokaʻi” project will be exhibited at Black Box Gallery this January in Portland Oregon.

Black Box Gallery is excited to announce a landscape photography juried group photography exhibition that will examine contemporary landscape photography and the wild power, beauty and the evolving mystery of the natural world.

Juror: Ashlyn Davis

Ashlyn Davis is the Executive Director of Houston Center for Photography, a nonprofit offering year-round exhibitions, workshops, publications, community education programs, lectures, and classes. In her role at HCP, she is focused on balancing work by regional and internationally acclaimed emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Ashlyn is also the editor of spot, a bi-annual magazine about photography that includes artist portfolios, exhibition and book reviews, and interviews.

In addition to her work at HCP, she is also a published writer and recently co-edited a book of 19th-century photographs, Islands of the Blest, now in its second edition. She earned her BA in Art History from Pratt Institute and her MA in American Studies with a focus on the history of photography from the University of Texas at Austin. Ashlyn is interested in a broad range of photography, but is particularly passionate about work that intervenes in cultural or historical narratives in thoughtful ways.

Tour Bus / 2014

Tour Bus / 2014

Art Studio Faculty Exhibition 2017
September 7 – October 15 / 2017
Opening / Thursday / September 7 / 4 PM – 6 PM

University Art Gallery / Sonoma State University
1801 E Cotati Ave / Rohnert Park / CA

Join us as we kick off the 2017-2018 season with the bi-annual Faculty Exhibition. This year’s show features the work of 13 full- and part-time faculty currently teaching studio art at SSU: Emily Davis Adams, Jeremiah Barber, Shannon Benine, Clean Felien, Nathan Haenlein, Jenny Harp, Kurt Kemp, Cathy Lu, Jann Nunn, Kate Oltmann, Sasha Petrenko, Gregory Roberts, and Billie Stultz.

Belt of Venus / 2016

SSU Visiting Artists Lecture Series // Shannon Benine

Thursday / April 21st / Noon
Free and open to the public

Schroeder Hall / Green Music Center
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park / CA

Old Woman’s Cave / 2014

Old Woman’s Cave / 2014

CCA Photography Lecture Series // Shannon Benine Lecture
Tuesday, November 3, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Oakland Campus
Ralls 202
Free and open to the public
More info: Dustin Smith,

Shannon Benine is an internationally exhibited, interdisciplinary artist working within photography, video, and installation art. Benine’s work has been widely exhibited and included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the National Centre of Contemporary Art in Moscow. Recent exhibitions include the Columbus Museum of Art and the Urban Art Space Gallery at The Ohio State University in Columbus. She has received grant support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus College of Art & Design, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Midwest Society for Photographic Education and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Benine is an assistant professor and director of photography and media arts in the Department of Art & Art History at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. She earned her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA in photography and BA in iInterdisciplinary visual arts from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Had a great first week at my new job as Assistant Professor and Director of Photography + Multi Media at Sonoma State Art Department! Just incase you were unaware, my new school is amazing!

Top photographers’ work goes on display at Sonoma State University

September 3 – October 25 / 2015
Opening: Thursday / September 3 / 2015
Gala Reception: 5 – 7 pm

Featuring 59 photographs from the collection of Sonoma County residents, Fay Gallus and Richard Sweet. Spanning much of the history of photography, artists featured include Ansel Adams, Eugene Atget, Edward Burtynsky, Imogene Cunningham, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Tina Modotti, Eadweard Muybridge, and Carrie Mae Weems, among many others.

University Art Gallery
Sonoma State University
South Sequoia Way / Rohnert Park


Sitter is reviewed
March 11, 2015

Columbus Alive reviewed Sitter again…

“Sitter, the current exhibition in CCAD’s Canzani Center Gallery, is an astounding display of portraiture. If you haven’t seen “Sitter,” I recommend it with the utmost urgency as it closes March 25.”

Jesse TiggesThe Columbus Dispatch reviewed Sitter…

“Go see the show, bound to be one of the best of the year, but don’t take the kids. The images not suitable for children are among the ones you’ll spend the most time contemplating.”

Jackie Mantey

January 23 – March 25 / 2015
Opening Reception: January 23 / 6 – 8 pm

Canzani Center Gallery
Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus / Ohio / 43215

Just in case you missed it! Here is the video of the conversation with Kelli Connell and Doug Ischar at CCAD!

Ascent, Kelli Connell

In Conversation with Kelli Connell and Doug Ischar
Monday / March 9 / 2015
5:30-6:30 pm: Screening 3 of Doug Ischar’s films
6:30 pm: Artist talk with Kelli Connell and Doug Ischar

Canzani Auditorium
Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Avenue Columbus / Ohio / 43215

As Sitter continues its acclaimed run in the Canzani Center Gallery through March 26th, CCAD is pleased to welcome Kelli Connell and Doug Ischar for a conversation on queer identity politics in contemporary photography in the Canzani Auditorium on March 9, at 5 pm.

Kelli Connell’s work has been widely received and included in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Microsoft, Haggerty Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Dallas Museum of Art. Connell’s first full length monograph entitled Kelli Connell: Double Life was released by DECODE Books in August, 2011. Other publications include MP3: Midwest Photographersʼ Publication Project (Aperture: New York and Museum of Contemporary Photography: Chicago, 2006), Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon Press: London, 2006), Photo Art: The New World of Photography (Aperture: New York, 2008), and Auto Focus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography (The Monacelli Press: New York, 2010). Her work has been showcased in Adbusters, American Photo Magazine, Art in America, ARTnews, Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts, DIVA Magazine, EXIT Express, Foam Magazine, Gente di Fotografia, Girls Like Us, The New York Blade, and The New York Times. Connell’s work is represented by Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago and Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles.
Kelli Connell lives in Chicago and teaches photography at Columbia College Chicago.

Since the early 1990s, Doug Ischar’s work has focused on the potentials of video and sound in ever more distilled manifestations. Following large multi-media installations such as Orderly (1994) and Wake (1996) Ischar turned to more minimal arrangements. His 1997 work for InSite (San Diego/Tijuana) used a high school basketball court as local for a multimedia meditation of adolescent homosexual desire. His 2001 work ground uses 24 channels of sound to replicate the sound of a gallery floor being swept. His 2005 public installation, Water Music, explores the relationship between personal and artistic histories of the Pacific Rim cultures, in which Ischar lived as a child. Ischar has taught extensively in Scandinavia as a visiting professor (Göteborg,Malmö) and was a visiting artist at IASPIS (Stockholm) in spring 2001. He is an Associate Professor of Photography at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

January 23 – March 25 / 2015
Canzani Center Gallery
Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Avenue Columbus / Ohio / 43215


Shannon Benine