Yellow Studio Past Residents
As a Yellow Studio resident, Shannon will create a series of visual artworks designed to work alone or as a series, that can be remixed and reinstalled on the fly by the observer, based on their point of view.
During the residency, visitors will have the chance to register for programs where they can create block prints of their own, and write short personal essays inspired by their print or by one of Shannon's works.
Since 2018, Shannon has been Deputy Director for Digital Strategy, Marketing, and Communications at Lifetime Arts, a national arts service organization leading the field of creative aging in the United States. Shannon has created, produced, and promoted Lifetime Arts’ digital portfolio including lifetimearts.org, creativeagingresource.org, and Lifetime Art's course delivery portal. She has directed the publication of over 200 articles and videos documenting the organization's positive impact on the lives of older adults.
Her efforts have influenced and supported their work with several national organizations including the American Alliance of Museums, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and the American Library Association. Shannon has overseen a multi-disciplinary team who manage marketing, communications, editorial, curatorial, social media, media production, content curation, web development, and design efforts.
Previously, she led digital content curation in the Corporate Learning unit at Harvard Business Publishing, and digital strategy at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum and at Harvard Law School. Shannon has also worked for global brands such as DDB Worldwide and Condé Nast where she served in various roles across corporate PR/communications, talent development, and enterprise web content management. She holds a MLIS in library and information science from Simmons University, and a BA in English Literature from Stonehill College.
Courtney's work investigates memory and perception through colorful abstract paintings. Bright colors create a lyrical rhythm that reflects patterns of thought, expresses an expansion and release and comments on our ever-changing perceptions. She is inspired by an inclination to connect with light in nature and the dynamic interactions of colors and life-bearing forms. Both overwhelmed and comforted by the expanse of nature, her paintings aim to reflect this sensation. Each work is meant to be an expression of renewal and hope for the future. Her visual vocabulary echoes feminine curves and flora inviting the viewer to approach the canvas where they are and see or feel what they want.
Born in Armonk, NY, Courtney received a BA from Boston College with a double major in Studio Art and Communications, focusing on visual communication and design. After working in marketing in the magazine publishing industry, she pursued a Masters in Art and Art Education at Teachers College at Columbia University. She has been teaching Art and Art History for over a decade, encouraging teenagers to develop creative problem solving skills and find their voice in art making.
Her studio practice focuses on exploring materials that connect humans and the natural world. A love of materiality, constant discovery and art historical traditions inform her expressive color use and dynamic application of paint.