Kenna Shapiro uses abstract forms to articulate the human experience when words do not suffice. To Shapiro, the sensuality of the medium is just as important as the image itself. In pursuit of authenticity and sustainability, works are created with salvaged materials. Shapiro’s corporeal conceptions are an affirmation of humanity, and an acknowledgment that only through art are we able to find true resolution.
Shapiro received her bachelor’s degree in art with a concentration in art history, but her inspiration comes from her travels to sixteen nations across the globe which taught her that art is a universal language. Shapiro works every day in her San Francisco studio. Her work has been featured on PBS television twice and exhibited throughout North America and Europe.
2012. Wish You Were Here, AIR Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2012. The Sketchbook Project Tour. Brooklyn, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Vancouver, Boston, Atlanta Philadelphia, Toronto, Chicago, Austin, Orlando, Oakland.
2010. Circadia Arts Center, Portland, OR.
2009. Eros Fest, Jupiter Hotel, Portland, OR.
2009. Reductionist participant, Rivermarket Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2008. Open Studio, San Francisco, CA
2007. Dia De Los Muertos, Fivepoints Arthouse, San Francisco, CA
2007. PBS Televised Fine Art & Wine Auction, KIXE, Redding, CA
2006. M.O.T.U.V., group show, Gray Area Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006. Bitch Magazine Art Show and Benefit, San Francisco, CA
2004. PBS Televised Fine Art & Wine Auction, KIXE, Redding, CA
2004. SJSU Public Exhibition of Multicultural Arts, San Jose, CA
2002. Solo reception, Art In The Park, Santana Row, San Jose, CA
2000. Group exhibition, Foothill College, Los Altos, CA
1999. Permanent Installation, Santa Clara County Commemorative Arts Collection, San Jose, CA
1998. Group exhibition, Gavilan College, Gilroy, CA
MLIS, San Jose State University, 2012.
BA, Art History. San Jose State University, 2005
AA, Individual Studies in Fine Art. Foothill College, 2004
2012. Arts Contributor at motuv.org.
2011. Bellydance performances at Good Old Days Festival, Pacific Grove, CA.
2011. Bellydance Solo at Amir's Kabob House, Monterey, CA.
2009. Bellydance performance at Blossom International Folk Dance Festival, San Francisco, CA.
2008-present. Currently working as a museum assistant in San Francisco.
2008. Spokesperson for M.O.T.U.V. international exhibition, New York.
2007. Art director for book release party, Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide To Living Cheaply In San Francisco, Vol 2.
2007. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Intern.
2006. Co-hosted M.O.T.U.V. international exhibition, Gray Area Gallery, San Francisco.
2006. Assisted filming of Gogol Bordello: The Bible of Transglobal Debauchery, onsite with band videographer DJ Dimon. US Tour, Gothic Theatre, Denver, Colorado.
2006. Intersection For The Arts administrative volunteer, San Francisco.
2006. Mixed media collaborative project with San Francisco artist Mary Kornblum.
2005. Photographed slide images of archaeological sites and museums on site in Israel for the art history archive at SJSU, San Jose, CA.
2004. Collaboratively researched with art historian Yael Karmi to create an educational lecture on the Alef Bet. Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills, CA.
2002. Created brochure images for Ford Motor Company's corporate subsidiary Visteon Technologies, for the marketing of GPS, global positioning systems. Sunnyvale, CA.
2000-2003. Produced commissioned portraits for private collectors and organizations throughout California.
2007. Invitation-Only Fine Art Auction, televised on PBS station KIXE, Redding, CA
2006. Resident Artist at Gray Area Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006.Published in "Bitch:Feminist Response to Pop Culture"
2004. Invitation-Only Fine Art Auction, televised on PBS station KIXE, Redding, CA
2002. November's Featured Artist at Santana Row's Art in the Park, San Jose, CA
1999. Young Artists of Santa Clara County Achievement Award
1999. Bank of America Achievement Award in the Field of Art
1999. Santa Clara County Regional Occupation Certificate of Achievement in Commercial Art
1999. Art Achievement Award for Outstanding Acrylic Portraiture
1995. Santa Clara County Fair Award for Acrylic on Panel
1994. Most Creative Designer, Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose
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Studio open by appointment.