Shannon Johnstone

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Mary Shannon Johnstone received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and MFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. She is the recipient of numerous awards including “Pause, To Begin” artist, Critical Mass Top 50 (2009, 2010), and Honorable Mention in Lens Culture’s 2010 International Exposure Awards. Her most recent project “Landfill Dogs” became a 2013 Critical Mass Finalist, received “Best in Show” at “Puppy Love” exhibition in GA, and is one of the 2014 Review Santa Fe 100. “Landfill Dogs” has been featured in national and international exhibitions and magazines, and was on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer in December 2013, and CNN’s website in November 2014. Johnstone is a tenured Associate Professor at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Shannon received a CAF grant to continue her work on “Breeding Ignorance,” a series of photographs on animals in shelters.