Shannon R. Stratton is the executive director at Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency (Chicago and Saugatuck, Michigan) and interim senior curator-at-large at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. She is a member of the core faculty for the M.A. in Critical Craft Studies at Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, and, as an independent curator, works closely with the Poor Farm in Little Wolf, Wisconsin. Stratton has also served as deputy director of curatorial affairs and chief curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan.
As a curator, Stratton has worked with hundreds of artists, including Theaster Gates, Sheila Pepe, Cauleen Smith, and Indira Allegra, through exhibitions and programs at institutions of all scales. Stratton’s curatorial work has focused on manifestations of craft in contemporary art, as well as socially engaged practice, sound, and artist-built environments.
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Stratton holds an M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism and an M.F.A. in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as a B.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Studio Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design (now Alberta University of the Arts).