About

Shonna Pryor is a nationally exhibiting artist, art programs producer, and educator at the esteemed School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her multidisciplinary art practice is inspired by references to food theory and its peripheral objects and concepts as a sociocultural lens through which to examine the politics of identity, memory, power, and play. Through these lens, her interests in STEM –ologies are also apparent in the visual and conceptual aesthetics of her work. Pryor's contribution to the field of art and culture is further enhanced by award-winning art-based broadcast media projects that aspire to create equitable space and expanded reach through a cross-disciplinary approach towards the advancement of these respective fields. Shonna Pryor’s work has been exhibited in major cities such as Chicago, Detroit and New York, with esteemed residencies at Hyde Park Art Center and High Concept Labs in her resident South Side of Chicago. Her creative collaborations with organizations and institutions such as Toastmasters International/Chicago, Carole Robertson Community Center on the West side of Chicago, and youth from Baker College Prep High School have been instrumental in encouraging young people towards a brighter science, technology, engineering and math future through the lens of art.

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EDUCATION

2016—The New School, MS Media Management, Arts Programming and Development (NY, NY)

2012—School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Master of Fine Arts Painting (Chicago, IL)

2010—School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Fine Arts

2002—College for Creative Studies, BFA Fiber/Materials Studies (Detroit, MI)

PROFESSIONAL
Multimedia Visual Artist and Art Programs Producer—2007- present

Visual Arts Educator, School of the Art Institute of Chicago—2012-present
Research Producer, WTTW/Chicago PBS, Chicago, IL—2016-2017

Research and Production, Chicago Access Network Television—2012

Art & Design Educator, Baker College, Auburn Hills, MI—2004
Production Assistant, Community Media Network Cablevision, Troy, MI—2002- 2003

AWARDS
2019 Emmy Award Winner, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Midwest:

Arts/Entertainment Programing Program/Special Series (Art & Design in Chicago)

2019 Peter Lisagor Award (nominee), WTTW Chicago Public Broadcast Television:
“Best News/Specialty/Arts/Culture/Entertainment News–Feature or Series (Art & Design, Chicago)”
2016
 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowship Award (shortlist), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

2016 Judy and John McCarter Fellowship, WTTW Chicago Public Television
2012
 Archibald Motley Jr. Artist Grant Award
2009
 School of the Art Institute of Chicago Merit Scholarship Award

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021

(forthcoming) “Solo", Material Gallery, Chicago, IL

GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES

2020

“WallPAPER of Respect: The Freedmens Bureau Ledgers” in conjunction with the AACM Great Black Music Ensemble, Stoney Island Arts Bank, Chicago, IL
“By & For | BLM (Black Lives Matter)”, Instagram curated by Fabiola Tosi, Chicago, IL

2018

“Take Root Among the Stars” curated by D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
“High Concepts Lab Open House Show”, Constellation Chicago, Chicago, IL
"Female Curves", CAN TV Broadcast Channel, Chicago, IL

“Experience: Threewalls Annual Gala”, Threewalls Gallery, Chicago, IL

2017


“The Presidential Library Project: Black Presidential Imaginary”, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

2015


“Adorn”, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
 “Gender Bombs and Other Cooking Ingredients” Impromptu Intervention Performance,

“Gender Bombs and Other Cooking Ingredients” Impromptu intervention performances: Expo Chicago
 The Armory Show, New York, NY Frieze, New York, NY

“Surface, Place”, Abrazo Interno Gallery, New York, NY
 “Art from Excess”, Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, Gary, IN

2014


“Gender Bombs and Other Cooking Ingredients” Impromptu intervention performances:
Art Basel, Miami; Whitney Biennial, New York; New York Frieze Art Fair, New York; Expo Chicago; New York City Gallery tours led by Jerry Saltz courtesy of Vulture Magazine—Gagosian Gallery, Luhring Augustine Gallery, Andrea Rosen Gallery, David Zwirner Gallery, Petzel Gallery

“Female Curves” CAN-TV art video programming hosted by ExTV SAIC, Chicago, IL

2013

"Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity" Performance Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago

Museum, Chicago, IL

“Gender Bombs and Other Cooking Ingredients” Impromptu intervention performance, Expo Chicago

2012


"Graduate Thesis Exhibition", The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL

2011

"Dialogical Self", The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2010


“Post-Baccalaureate Thesis Exhibition”, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL "Midnight Snacks", 1366 Space, Chicago, IL

2007

“Full Circle”, G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, Detroit MI 2006


"75th Anniversary Show", Detroit Artists Market, Detroit MI

RESIDENCIES
2020, 2021
The School of The Art Institute of Chicago Artist-In-Residency (shortlist), Chicago, IL

2019
Artist Winter Intensive Residency, High Concept Labs, Chicago, IL
2016

Jackman Goldwasser Artist Residency, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (CREATIVE DIRECTION)

2021 – "STEAM Youth Collaborative Art & Design Project" Toastmasters International, Chicago IL

2021 – "Mission to Mars Museum" Carole Robertson Center, Chicago, IL

2018 – "Object Storytelling: Appropriating the AIC Museum" Baker College Prep High School, Chicago, IL

2017-2019 - "Youth Summer Fashion Camp: Food Theme Inspired By First Lady Michelle Obama (Healthy Food Initiative For Children)", The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2016 – "Recipe Storytelling: Senior Community", Lawndale Community Center, Chicago, IL

CURATORIAL PROJECTS
2014

“Female Curves”, ExTV Broadcast, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2011

“Dialogical Self”, co-curated with Tony Lewis and Christina Long, School of the Art Institute of

Chicago, Chicago, IL

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2021 Feb 12, "60-Word Minute: Shonna Pryor", by Chicago Tribune contributing art critic, Lori Waxman for New City Art Magazine

2014
 “Street Style: Frieze Edition”, Refinery29

2007
 “Motown Leaders Envision a New Paradise Valley: Enclave to Showcase Black Culture”, The Associated Press

LECTURES + WRITINGS

2021 "Visual Art As Journalism", Women's History Month Talk, Waubonsee Community College, Chicago, IL

2015
 “The Great Good Place” publication, Curated by Brandon Alvendia, Threewalls Gallery, Chicago, IL

PUBLIC SERVICE

Auxiliary Board Member, Chicago Council on Science and Technology—2020-current • National Academy of Television Arts & Science Midwest, Awards Judge 2020 • Member Toastmasters (Loop Trustmasters)—2020 • WTTW Community Advisory Board member, Chicago, IL—2015
 • Dorchester Community Garden Project volunteer, Chicago, IL—2015 • Associate Board of Ambassadors, American Cancer Society, Chicago—2015
 • Member of Board of Directors and Fundraising Committee for Creative Arts Center Gallery, Pontiac MI—2007
 • WDET Detroit Public Radio fundraiser and contributing newsletter writer—2007 • Exhibit Committee Member, Detroit Artists Market—2006
 • Member of the Detroit Institute of Arts Speaker's Bureau—2005