Penland School of Craft August 2017 Penland, North Carolina
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education May 2010
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibers
UW-Milwaukee Honors College Degree in Liberal Arts
Shannon Molter holds a BFA from the Peck School of the Arts in both Fiber Art and Art Education, with an Honors College certificate in Philosophy. She has shares her abilities and encourages up-and-coming artists as Associate Educator of Teen Programs at the Milwaukee Art Museum. As Teen Educator, Shannon creates dynamic internships for 16-18 year olds who engage deeply with exhibitions, create collaboratively, develop their personal voices and programming for their peers, to activate their community with the arts, while growing citywide friendships.
Shannon is a practicing fiber artist working in a diverse range of media. She responds to spaces and populations, often using found materials relevant to the location of her installations to expose connections between humans and their natural and social surroundings.
Shannon Molter has exhibited and taught throughout the Midwest and internationally. She has collaboratively and single-handedly built site specific work at The Museum of Wisconsin Art, The John Michael Kohler Art Center, USABLE SPACE, The Urban Ecology Center, and during the outdoor projection event, Temporary Resurfacing, in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 2014. She has teamed up with Santiago Cucullu, Wes Tank, Jesse Graves, Miranda Levy and countless enthusiastic participants from the public.
Instructor / Lecturer, UW-Milwaukee Craft Center
National Art Education Association, Wisconsin Art Education Association
COA Youth & Family Center - Volunteer Art Educator
Riverwest Artist Association
Shannon Molter is a sculptor working with found materials whose histories span cultures. Making large-scale installations, directing group collaborations, and building conceptual garments, her work is precisely constructed with castoff materials from high embodied energy processes. Molter transforms the assumed value of her materials by employing traditional craft techniques.
The artworks can be intimate or driven by personal, environmental experiences and others are tactically positioned within a conversation about consumption and stories of labor.
Shannon asks the viewer to weigh contemporary societal and artistic conventions, especially around the made object. She proposes work to direct the gaze inward, presenting relatable materials, images, and objects in unfamiliar states, to encourage the formation of novel perspectives.