Shannon Brunette
MFA, School of the Visual Arts NYC

Shannon Brunette is the founder and management consultant of Office of Cultural Work, which supports arts and cultural producers, from organizations to individuals. In addition, she co-founded the Drawing Project, bringing nomadic drawing workshops to communities across the Twin Cities. Brunette is a leader in the field of arts nonprofit and philanthropy with a focus on cultural work at the intersection of art and social change.

Brunette was a Jerome Foundation fellow-in-residence at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota, and her work has been exhibited nationally in New York City, Washington D.C., Alaska, Minneapolis, and internationally in Berlin. Her professional work has put her in leadership roles at the Penumbra Theatre, Walker Art Center, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Blue Man Group, and Lambent Foundation, as well as consultant roles at New York Foundation for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Soap Factory, and Northern Spark Festival.

Brunette's art practice explores cultural exchange opportunities, from Alaska video artist-in-residence focusing on climate change to a five-week international fellowship in exchange with traditional craftspeople of Orissa, India, at Rughurajpur International Art/Craft Exchange.

She is a 2017 James P. Shannon Leadership Institute fellow as well as a recipient of the 2017-18 MRAC Next Step Fund individual artist award. Shannon lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York, from 1998 to 2014 where she received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and now lives in her hometown of Saint Paul.