Shannon Wright

Associate Professor & Program Coordinator


(408) 924-4409


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Master of Fine Arts in Time Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Virginia Commonwealth University, VA

Shannon Wright earned her BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1990, and her MFA in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994. She is the Spatial Art Program Coordinator, and teaches upper-level and graduate-level classes including installation art, sculpture and furniture construction. She is particularly interested in the zones of intersection between sculpture and industrial design.

In her work of the past fifteen years, Wright has explored the idea that the elaborate systems we have devised to "prepare" us for "real life" (and to quantify our success) have completely supplanted living itself. She has drawn inspiration from the work of such Utopian visionary architects as Etienne-Louis Boullée, since she is fascinated by the idea of proposals too ambitious ever to be built, by the Scientific Management movement with its reckless celebration of efficiency, and by the history of Wunderkammern and museum display. The notion of "style" has played an important role in this work in terms of material choices, proportions, and levels of elegance or fussiness that pay intentionally vague tribute to the prevailing aesthetics of prior centuries or decades. In recent years, she has made work that comments on the proliferation of surrogates in our midst--antiseptic, hyper-efficient obstacles to our direct experience of the processes of life.