Shannon Sullivan

b. Madison, Wisconsin

lives and works in Eureka, California


2005    MFA- Ceramics, minor in Sculpture, University of North Texas

2002    BFA- Ceramics, University of Wisconsin-EauClaire

Current Position

Professor of Art, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

* Denotes solo show


*On Growth and Form, Graymatter Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

*New Work, Gallery Lulo, Healdsburg, CA


*Sewell Gallery Presents: Shannon Sullivan, Sewell Gallery, Eureka, CA

*Minimum Inventory, Maximum Diversity, FM Gallery, Oakland, CA


*New Work, Roscoe Ceramics Gallery, Oakland, CA 


*Cross Sections, Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI


*Coalesce, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX


Phenomenon: Natalie Macellaio and Shannon Sullivan, two-person show, Art Produce Gallery, San Diego, CA


Bump: Natalie Macellaio and Shannon Sullivan, Accident Gallery, Eureka, CA


A Question of Craft: Natalie Macellaio and Shannon Sullivan, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

Artisan Gallery Project Space Presents: Natalie Macellaio and Shannon Sullivan, Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI

*Luscious Edge, Good Good Things, Dallas. TX

*Hybrid Bound, Piante Gallery, Eureka, CA

*Micro-Macro, McLennan Community College, Waco, TX


*Pigeon Stone Projects Presents: Shannon Sullivan, SoZo Gallery, Dallas, TX


*Bulbous, Clustered, and Linear, Gallery 414, Forth Worth, TX


The Sequel: Shannon Sullivan and Howard Sherman, 500X, Dallas, TX.

Object Oriented: New Sculptures and Drawings, Shannon Sullivan and Howard Sherman, Cora Stafford Gallery, Denton, TX

Selected Group and Juried Exhibitions


Abundant Possibilities: Six Ceramic Sulptors, curated by Mark Boguski, Kondos Gallery, Sacramento, CA

Not Too Funky, curated by Christa Assad, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA

Charged Abstraction, curated by Jennifer Brazelton, SMAart Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Laboratory, curated by Iris Bechtol, Eastfield College Gallery, Dallas, TX

Super Surprise, curated by Tonya Borgeson, Art Bar, Milwaukee, WI

Elevating Ceramics, group exhibition curated by Joanne Kirland and Randy Becker, Overuture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI

Paoli Clay Family Show, group exhibition curated by Randy Becker, NCECA conference exhibition, Milwaukee, WI


Presenter's Exhibition, group exhibition in conjunction with the ScandinavianCeramics Conference, Tolne, Denmark

Object Object, curated by John Oliver Lewis and Jessica McCambly, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA

Flora Fauna, group show, Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI

Invitational Interlude, Sewell Gallery, Eureka, CA


Shanghai Art Expo, Shanghai, China

Firmly Rooted, juried by Douglas Stapleton, M.S. Rezny Studio/Gallery, Lexington, KY

Clay EVV, juried by Joseph Smith and Cristyl Boger, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN

Chromamania, curated by Mallory Wetherell, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Small Favors, invitational, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA


Travel Size: A Ceramic Visit with,curated by John Oliver Lewis, Southwestern College Art Gallery, Chula Vista, CA

Conflux, curated by Centa Uhalde, Gallery V: Contemporary Art, Valley Ford, CA

Then and Now, invitational, curated by Elmer Taylor, Boulder Mountain Clayworks, Ketchum, ID

Generations: A Family of Clay, curated by Randy Becker, Sugar River Gallery, Verona, WI

30 Ceramic Sculptors, invitational, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA


Ceramics Annual of America, invitational, Fort Mason's Herbst Pavillion, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)

Fire International, invitational, Gallery Klosterformat, Rostock, Germany

Link x 5, curated by Chris Gray, UNT on the Square, Denton, TX

California Clay Competition 2010, juried by Stan Welsh, The Artery, Davis, CA

Humboldt Arts Project, curated by Vico Hernandez, Ironside Gallery, Arcata, CA

Mixed Media: Ceramics Plus, curated by Monika Gass, Ceramics Museum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany (catalogue)

Midnight Snacks: Chicago, curated by Brian Hubble, 1633 Space, Chicago, IL

5 year Anniversary Exhibition, curated by Phyllis Barba and Ananda Oliveri, Accident Gallery, Eureka, CA

Multifarious: Ceramics by Ted Adler, Al Holen, Karen Hamilton, Brenda Lichman, Shannon Sullivan and Von Venhuizen, curated by Brenda Lichman and Al Holen, Lewisville Visual Arts Center, Lewisville, TX


Holiday Invitational, First Street Gallery, Eureka, CA

Craft Out of Bounds, curated by Dan Askew, Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery-The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX

The Family Show, invitational, Launch Pad Gallery, Portland, OR

The Art of Fine Craft 2009, juried by Jason Briggs, Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

Small Works, Miniatures and Maquettes, invitational, John Natsoulas gallery, Davis, CA

Feats of Clay, juried by Tony Marsh, Lincoln Art Center, Lincoln, CA

Of the Earth, juried by Patrick Dougherty, Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, MO

Ceramics Invitational 2009, curated by Louis Marak, Piante Gallery, Eureka, CA       

 5 by 10: New Works, Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI


New Hampshire Institute of Art Ceramic Biennial Exhibition, juried by Lucy Breslin, New Hampshire Institute of Art

Exhibition of Contemporary Young Ceramic Artists: Our Generation, invitational, Newtaoyi Studio, Shang Xi, China

Seventeenth San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, juried by Anna Harris, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo Texas

Your Favorite Artist Was a Member Here: 30 Years at 500X, invitational, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX


Clay on the Wall, juried by Matthew Kangas, Landmark Arts, Lubbock TX

4th Annual Ceramics Invitational, Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI

Material View, curated by Ryan Fitzer, Mountain View College, Dallas, TX

5x72007, traveling group show:

-Arthouse: Austin, TX,

-Gallery Sonja Roesch - Houston, TX

-Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX

Naturally Inclined,invitational, College of the Mainland, Houston, TX

Wish, invitational, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX

College of the Redwoods Presents: 2007 Faculty Exhibition, group show, College of the Redwoods Art Gallery, Eureka, CA


3rd Annual Ceramics Invitational, Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI

5x7 On The Road, Art House, Austin, TX, invitational/traveling show (Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas TX, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX)

Bruce Buddies: Friends of Bruce Breckenridge, invitational, Sugar River Gallery, Verona, WI

Size Matters, juried show, Womanmade Gallery, Chicago, IL

West Meets West:  An International Exchange, group show, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland

Wish Five, invitational, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX

Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, juried show, Assistance League of Houston, Houston, TX

500X Presents:  Diane Sikes, Shannon Sullivan and Brad Wehring, three-person show, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

Missives: 12 Artists, group show, 437 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY

Parallel and Perpendicular, juried show, Tarrant County College, Arlington, TX         


Roots, invitational, Sugar River Gallery, Verona, WI

2nd Annual Ceramics Invitational, invitational, Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI

Out of Sight:  An Altered Environment, site-specific project curated by Jessica McCambly, Denton, TX

New Texas Talent, juried show, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

New Work: Murchison Art Partnership, curated by Kristen Butler, Murchison Center For the Performing Arts, Denton, TX

Crossing II, group show, 500X, Dallas, TX

Expo 2005, juried show, 500X Gallery Dallas, TX


Exchange, group show, Landmark Arts, Lubbock, TX

Culture and Identity, group show, Ablehous Gallery, Skaelskor, Denmark

TCAA: Attachments, group show, Cactus Hotel Ballroom, San Angelo, TX

 <5', group show, Northeast Gallery, Tarrant County College, Hurst, TX

Union Juried Exhibition: 2004, Union Gallery, Denton, TX

Plano Art Association National Juried Exhibition, Art Center of Plano, Plano, TX

Methods Art Invitational, Elm Loft Gallery, Denton, TX

Forms:  Three UNT Graduate Students, three-person show, Palominos, Indianapolis, IN


Thematic, group show, Cora Stafford Gallery, Denton, TX

Greater Denton Arts Council Juried Summer Show, Meadows Gallery, Denton, TX

North Texas Area Art League 35th Annual Juried Show, Meadows Gallery, Denton, TX

Pressed and Fired, group show, HARA Gallery, Denton, TX

Kaolithic Activity, group show, Union Gallery, Denton, TX



Art: Milwaukee Hosts National Ceramics Conference, by Garth Johnson,, image reproduction.

Ceramic Artists Turn Milwaukee Galleries into their Material World for NCECA Conference, by Mary Louise Schumacher, reproduction, paper copy)

NCECA 2014, Reproductions)

Shannon Sullivan, Peek, curated by Lee Gainer (blog posting),

Really Lovely Works By Shannon Sullivan @ FM Gallery, If You Can’t Make it Good, Make it Big, posting)


Appreciations and Collections of Modern and Contemporary Ceramic Art, by Guangzhen Zhou, published by Jingsu Fine Art Publishing (Image Reproduction).

April Oakland Art Murmur,Oakland Art Enthusiast, (online posting, image reproductions),

Exhibition Review: Ceramics Annual of America, by Ilena Finocchi, Ceramics Monthly, January issue (Image reproduction)


CCACA 2011: Catalogue (image reproduction)

5 from 1: Shannon Sullivan, by Jessica McCambly (online posting),

Living With Art,  by Claire Joyce, Ready Made Magazine (online posting) 

Abstract Images, Times Standard, 1/14/11, (image reproduction)


Naussauischen Sparkasse: Mixed Media Ceramics Plus, Catalogue, Ceramics Museum Westerwald, Germany.

Beyond Teapots: Artisan Gallery Spotlights New Clay Works in Ceramics Invitationalby Lindsay Christians, The Capitol Times 10/6/10

In House Flavor, By Lucinda Breeding.  Denton Record Chronicle, 9/9/10

Going Abroad, TheTimes Standard, 8/22/10 (image reproduction)

Old School: A Homecoming Show, by Jeff Campana, (image reproduction)

Artist Picked for Ceramics Annual Exhibit, Times Standard, 8/20/10 (image reproduction)

CR art professor to be included in national ceramics show at San Francisco's Fort Mason, The Humboldt Beacon, 8/19/10 (image reproduction)

Artwaves, Radio Interview, originally aired on KHSU on 8/24/10, produced and edited by Wendy Butler


High 5 Polymer Clay: Shannon Sullivan(online posting)

500 Ceramic Sculptures, juried by Glen Brown, published by Lark Books (image reproduction)

Ceramics Invitational 2009 at Piante Gallery(online posting)


Sullivan’s Clustering Kelp and Juicy Microbes(online posting)

Clay on the Wall,by Matthew Kangas, Ceramics Monthly, March (image reproduction)

Your Favorite Artist Was a Member – 30 years at 500X, Catalogue - 500X Gallery - Dallas, Texas


Contemporary Creations, Times Standard, Eureka, CA, October 5 (image reproduction)


New Works by Diane Sikes, Shannon Sullivan and Brad Wehring, Dallas Observer, February (image reproduction)


Bulbous, Clustered and Linear, Fort Worth Weekly, April

Last Chance, Dallas Guide, May

Shannon Sullivan, Skaelskor News, Skaelskor, Denmark (image reproduction)


Drawing from Perception, textbook illustration, “Value Reduction in Three Parts” copyright, Lari Gibbons  (image reproduction)

Weird Art, North Texas Daily, March, Denton, TX (image reproduction)         


None of the Above, Art and Literature magazine EauClaire, WI (image reproduction)

Clay Cause, EauClaire Leader-Telegram, April

Visiting Artist/Guest Lecturer


Guest Lecturer, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX

Guest Artist, Eastfield College, Dallas, TX

Guest Artist, Merritt College, Oakland, CA

Guest Artist, Skyline College, San Francisco, CA

Visiting Artist, Pots and Prints: A Project of the National Endowment for the Arts, University of Texas-Permian Basin

Panelist, No Lesson Plan For This, with Randy Becker, Jeff Campana and Lauren Mabry, NCECA Conference Meeting, Milwaukee, WI


Panelist, Contemporary Ceramics Education with Pim Sudhikam (Thailand), Oya Yuksel (Turkey), moderated by Jeff Kahler (Sweeden), ScandinavianCeramics Conference, Tolne, Denmark

Panelist, Ceramic Relationships with Oya and Ismet Yuksel (Turkey), Jeff Kaller and Tina Reutenberg (Sweden), and Dave Zdrazil and Shannon Sullivan (USA), ScandinavianCeramics Conference, Tolne, Denmark

Presenter, PechaKucha, "The China Model: Making in Jingdezhen", organized by Janice Hunter in conjunction with the Scandinavian Ceramics Conference, Tolne, Denmark.


Guest Artist, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Guest Artist, California State University-East Bay, Hayward, CA


Panelist, Conversation: A Ceramics Exchange, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

Guest Artist, Mendocino College, Ukiah, CA


Wood Fire in Education, Panel Member with Robert Sanderson, Owen Rye, Josh Corpus, Stefan Jakob, and Kersti Laanmaa, First European Wood Fire Conference, Bröllin,Germany

Co-Presenter with Dave Zdrazil: A Survey of Wood-firing in US Academic Institutions: First European Wood-fire Conference, Bröllin, Germany

NCECA panel member, Emerging Faculty: New Approaches to Teaching in Clay with Alisa Holen, Brian Harper and Jake Allee


Guest Artist, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA


Guest Lecturer, Murchison Art Partnership, Denton, TX

Guest Artist, Tarrant County Community College, Hurst, TX


Guest Performer, Who’s Who Continuation of Squatterartinternational, by Richard Launder 

Presenter, Guldagergaard International Slide Forum/Symposium

Visiting Artist, Tarrant County College, Plano, TX,

Guest Lecturer, University of North Texas Drawing Department

Guest Artist, Weber Wood fire Workshop, Herbster, WI


Guest Artist, Thrown and Altered Vessels, Horizon Art Ventures, Dodgeville, WI,                   


Assistant Presenter, Hotter than a Texas Summer-Rocket-Man Anagama construction, Denton TX

Assistant Presenter, Anagama Construction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001

Artist in Residence


Group Residency at The Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China


500X Gallery, Member, Officer, Associate Membership Coordinator, Dallas, TX


Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skaelskor, Denmark 


Weber Wood Fire Workshop, Herbster, WI


Fresh Paint Art Advisors, Culver City, CA 

Soho Myriad, Atlanta, GA

Gallery Lulo, Healdsburg, CA

Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI

Permanent Collections

Guldagergaard-International Ceramics Research Center, Skaelskor, Denmark

Star Sydney, Sydney Australia

Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA

Amber Bay, Dalian, China

University of North Texas President’s Collection, Denton, TX

Curatorial Experience


Post China: A Ceramic Journey, College of the Redwoods Art Gallery, Eureka, CA


Curator, Botanically Inclined: Susan Beiner, Candace Briceño, Ellen George, Kit Davenport, Jessica McCambly and Teresa Stanley, the Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA

Organizer, The Left Edge: A Juried Ceramics Exhibition, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA


Juror, Humboldt Arts Council members exhibition, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA


Co-curator, Conversation: A Ceramics Exchange, College of the Redwoods Fine Art Gallery, Eureka, CA & Mendocino College Art Gallery, Ukiah, CA


Curator, Go West: John Oliver Lewis and Jessica McCambly, College of the Redwoods Fine Art Gallery, Eureka, CA


Curator, Northern Invasion National Invitational, Cora Stafford Gallery, Denton, TX


Curator, Clay Cause, State Arts Center, EauClaire, WI