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  • BFA, Painting Tyler, School of Art, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, Class of 1995

  • MFA, Painting, Syracuse University, CVPA, Syracuse, New York, Class of 1998

  • Spring 1993 Temple University in Rome, Rome, Italy

  • Summer 1989 Carnegie Mellon University, Summer Studies Program, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Summer 1988 Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Scholarship Program


Gallery Representation

  • Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, Texas, 2008-Present

  • Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas, 2013-Present

  • Charles Adams Gallery, Lubbock, Texas, 2002-Present


Awards and Publications   

2019  “CASPfest”, CASP, Lubbock, TX, Juried by Christina Rees, Received 1st Place

2010, 2011, 2013, 2016  Hunting Prize Finalist, Houston, Texas  

2014  Shortlisted for an ArtPace San Antonio 2015 Summer Residency, San Antonio, Texas  

2007  New American Paintings, Book 72   



3.22.2019        1530 Main, “Artofficial: ICYMI Edition”, by Kendall Morgan

3.4.2019          Arts and Culture Texas, The ACTX Top Ten: February 2019, by Nancy Wozny

2.15.2019        D Magazine, “Shannon Cannings’ New Exhibit Mixes Gun Culture and Child’s Play”, by Natalie Gempel

2.27.2019        Dallas Observer, “Texas Tech Professor Has a Toy Gun Exhibit at Cris Worley Fine Arts”, by Brad Lacour

3.7.2018          Glasstire, A Studio Visit with Shannon Cannings, by Hannah Dean

6.29.2017        Glasstire Top 5, Making a Splash, Shannon Cannings, Leigh Merrill, and Kelly O’Connor, Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX

6.1.2017          Glasstire Top 5, Ice Cream,You Scream, Group Exhibition, LHUCA, Lubbock, TX

2.9.2017          Glasstire Top 5, Celebrating 20 Years of Art, Group Exhibition, LHUCA, Lubbock, TX

10.23.2016      Bowerbird, “’GUN SHOW! Art in the era of campus carry’ at Texas Tech Landmark Gallery”, by Vincent Meyers

4.1.2015          Bowerbird, “Divided by a Common Language: Works by William and Shannon Cannings”

5.18.2011        Houston Press, “Capsule Art Reviews: ‘Guns and Roses’” by Troy Schulze

7.17.2008        Houston Press, “Shannon Cannings: ‘Trigger Happy’”, by Dusti Rhodes

1.28.2007        TTU SOA, “Wichita Falls Views the Works of William and Shannon Cannings”, by Douglas Chapman

Solo, Two and Three Person Exhibitions

2020  "20 : 20 : 20", Meadows Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX, with William Cannings

2019  "Triggered", Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas, Solo 

2018  "Reflection", McCormick Gallery, Midland College, Midland, Texas, Solo 

2017  "FREEZE!", Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, Texas, with Corey Pickett

          "Making a Splash", Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas, with Leigh Merrill and Kelly O'Connor

2015  "Just the Two of Us", Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas, with William Cannings

          “Plastic Fantastic”, The Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, Texas, Solo 

          “Divided By a Common Language”, Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, Texas, with William Cannings

2011  “Guns and Roses”, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, Texas, with Ann Wood

2010  “GUNPLAY”, Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, Texas, Solo

2009  “Guns and Chandeliers”, Gallery Imperato, Baltimore, Maryland, with Jessica Dunegan

2008  “Trigger Happy”, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, Texas, Solo

2007  “Recent Works”, Charles Adams Gallery, Lubbock, Texas, Solo

          “Under Pressure”, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, with William Cannings

2006  “Texas Works”, Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, Texas, Three Person

2005  “Dots and Loops”, Charles Adams Gallery, Lubbock Texas, Solo

2002  “Divisions”, Bush Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island, Solo

2000  “Random Tandem", Spark Gallery, Syracuse, New York, with Abby Goodman

1995  “Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition”, Elkins Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, with Sue Meyer

1994  “Drawings and Paintings of Shannon Hartman (Cannings)”, Artery Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Solo


Juried, Invitational, and Group Exhibitions

2020  “Revered, Reviled, Objectified:  Commemorating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage”, Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, TX, Invitational

          Faculty Exhibition, LHUCA, Lubbock, TX, Invitational 

2019  “Of Texas”, Lease Agreement Gallery, Lubbock, TX, Juried

          “PAINTED BIENNIAL”, Manifest Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, Juried

          “SHE”, M2 Gallery, Little Rock, AR, Invitational All Female

          “Summer Highlights”, Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas, TX, Invitational

          “Sixth Annual Artspace 111 Regional Juried Exhibition”, Artspace 111, Fort Worth, TX, Juried By Hilde Nelson

          “CASPfest”, CASP, Lubbock, TX, Juried by Christina Rees, Received 1st Place

          Texas Tech Faculty/Artists, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX, Invitational

2018  Faculty Exhibition, LHUCA, Lubbock, TX, Invitational 

          “Patent Pending #3”, Contemporary Art Museum of Plainview, Plainview, TX, Travelling Juried 

          "Oil Painting National Exhibition”, Mark Arts, Wichita, KS, Juried

          “In Control”, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, TX, Invitational

2017  “Ice Cream, You Scream”, LHUCA, Lubbock, TX, Invitational

          “Celebrating 20 Years of Art”, LHUCA, Lubbock, TX, Invitational

          “Patent Pending #2”, Austin College, Sherman, TX, Travelling Juried

          “Nasty Women”, CASP Satellite Gallery, Lubbock, TX, in conjunction with nationwide exhibitions, Co-organizer, with Tricia Earl 

          Faculty Exhibition, Landmark Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, Invitational, 2000-2018

2016  “GUN SHOW!: Art in the Era of Campus Carry”, Landmark Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, Invitational

          “West, Far West, Lubbock/Marfa”, Crowley Theater Annex, Marfa, TX, Invitational

          “XX Part 1 & 2”, 20 Year Anniversary of Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, TX Invitational

          “I Remember…”, LHUCA, Lubbock, TX, Invitational

          “Patent Pending #1”, Laredo Community College, Laredo, TX, Travelling Juried

          Hunting Prize Finalists Exhibition, Toyota Exhibition Hall, Houston, TX, Juried, 2016, 2013, 2012, 2010

2015  “Patent Pending #0”, Charles Adams Studio Projects, Lubbock, TX, Inaugural Invitational

          Dallas Art Fair, Represented by Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas, TX, Invitational

2014  “On Your Mark: Opus 1”, Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas, TX, Invitational

          Art on the Llano, Texas Tech Museum, Lubbock, TX, Invitational

2013  Group Exhibition, Farm 2 Markey Gallery, Lubbock, TX, Invitational

          Dallas Art Fair, Represented by Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas, TX, Invitational

          “High Realism”, Manifest Gallery and Drawing Center, Cinncinati, OH, Juried

          “Espoused”, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX, Invitational, 2012-2013

2011  Texas Biennial, 816 Congress, Austin, TX, Juried

          “American Dream”, Womanmade Gallery, Chicago, IL, Juried

2010  “ChiCrits-Bird is the Word”, LHUCA, Lubbock, TX

2009  “Serious Play”, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, TX, Invitational

          Affordable Art Fair, represented by Gallery Imperato, 7 West New York, NYC, NY, Invitational

2008  “Monochrome: Orange”, LHUCA, Lubbock, University of Texas Permian Basin, Odessa, and Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX,

          Traveling Invitational, 2006-2008

          “Centennial Celebration of Art in Lubbock”, LHUCA, Lubbock, TX, Invitational

2007  “Art Now”, Art Fair in Miami, represented by Virginia Miller Gallery, South Seas Hotel, Miami, FL, Invitational

          New American Paintings, Book No. 72, Exhibition in Print, Juried    

          “Glee at the G”, G Gallery, Houston, TX, Invitational

2006  “Albuquerque Biennial”, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM, Juried

          “Artists in Action”, LHUCA, Lubbock, TX, Benefit

          “ChiCrits-Femoirs”, Art Depot, Lubbock, TX

2005  “Dia De Los Muertos”, International Cultural Center, Lubbock, TX, ChiCrits, Group Collaboration

          “Way Out West”, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, TX, Invitational

          “ChiCrits-Legs and Breasts”, LHUCA, Lubbock, TX, Invitational

2004  “Celebracion-Dia de Los Muertos”, Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, TX, Invitational, 2004, 2002, 2001

          “ChiCrits-Making Tracks”, Landmark Arts Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

2003  “ChiCrits-Hatchings”, Landmark Arts Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

2002  “Group Exhibition”, Peck Gallery, Providence, RI, Invitational

          “ChiCrits-First Sightings”, Llano Estacado Institute for the Performing Arts, Lubbock, TX

          “Luck of the Draw”, Diverseworks Gallery, Houston, TX, Invitational, Curated by Sara Kellner

2001  “True Colors”, September 11th Benefit Exhibition, Depot Alley, Lubbock, TX, Invitational

          Hodgkin’s Disease Benefit Exhibition, Garden and Arts Center, Lubbock, TX, Invitational

          “It’s the Berries”, Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, Glenwood Springs, CO, Juried

          “Matrilineage Exhibition”, Spark Gallery, 2000 and 2001, Westcott Community Center, 1998, Syracuse, NY, Invitational

          “Heart’s Content”, Silent Auction, Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, TX, Invitational

2000  “Serious Play”, Adambomb Gallerie, Milwaukee, WI, Invitational, Curated by Christopher Frederick

          “Babylon”, 17th Annual Artist and Models Series, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY, Juried, 

          Curated by Sara Kellner, Director of Diverse Works

          “Celebration of the Arts”, St. David’s Church, Fayetteville, NY, 1999-2000, Invitational

          “Alien Show”, Gallery 120, Syracuse, NY, Invitational

1999  “Group Exhibition”, Spark Gallery, Syracuse, NY, Invitational

          “1999 Contemporary Drawing Exhibition”, Albany Center Galleries, Albany, NY, Juried

          “Cazenovia Counterpoint”, Goodsight Gallery, 1999, Chapman Cultural Center, Cazenovia College, 1998, Cazenovia, NY, Invitational

          “Platter Show”, Sarah Coyne Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, Invitational

1998  “Made in New York”, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY Juried, 

          Received “Award for Excellence” (1998) 1997-1998

          “Master of Fine Arts Exhibition 1998”, Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

1996  “Women and Leisure”, Altered Space Gallery, Syracuse, NY, Invitational

          “Arte Expo”, Faegan’s Café, Syracuse, NY, Invitational



  • 20 years at Texas Tech: most recently as Assistant Professor of Practice in Drawing, teaching Drawing 1-­4, Design, Delineation, Art Appreciation, and Water-based Painting

  • 2 years at Syracuse University: Adjunct, teaching Drawing and Design   

  • 1 year at Cazenovia College: Adjunct, teaching Drawing and Design


  • Guest Curator, LHUCA Exhibition Proposals, LHUCA, Lubbock, TX

  • LHUCA Board member, Chair of First Friday Art Trail and Outreach Committee

  • University Public Art Collection, Committee Member

  • Guest Speaker, Museums, Galleries, and Art Centers, LHUCA, Lubbock, TX

  • Juror, Midland Art Association, Fall Exhibition, Midland College, Midland, TX

  • Tour Leader, ArtBike LBK, LHUCA and UPAC, Lubbock, TX

  • Juror, CASP Artist in Residence, Lubbock, TX

  • Juror, City Employee Art Exhibition, Garden and Arts Center, Lubbock, TX

  • Color Consultant, Christian Pongratz, Architect, Apartment Complex Proposal, Lubbock, TX

  • Assistant Recruiter, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, Reviewing portfolios and interviewing prospective Freshmen