Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Shannon Sullivan lives and works in Eureka, California. She earned a B.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2002. She earned an M.F.A in ceramics with a minor in sculpture from the University of North Texas, School of Visual Arts in 2005. Currently, Sullivan is a Professor of Art at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA.
Sullivan creates sculptures, wall pieces and installations using a core visual vocabulary rooted in the prevailing ways of nature. Her work maintains a seductive, mysterious quality as she explores the nuances present in the living world
Sullivan's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. In 2014 Sullivan had solo exhibitions in Milwaukee, WI at Greymatter Gallery, in Healdsburg, CA at Gallery Lulo, and in Oakland, CA at FM Gallery. In 2012 her work was also featured in Oakland, CA for a solo exhibition entitled New Work at Roscoe Ceramics Gallery. In 2010 Her work was shown in Germany for the Mixed Media Plus exhibition at the Ceramics Museum Westerwald in Höhr-Grenzhausen. She has worked as an artist in residence in Jingdezhen, China at the Pottery Workshop, and at the International Ceramics Research Center in Skaelskor, Denmark. Her work has been reviewed in Ceramics Monthly and was curated into the book 500 Ceramic Sculptures.