Shawn Turung is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended the University of St. Thomas in the MLA program with studies regarding the pursuit of Fine Arts during war.
Extended interests, while at S.A.I.C., ventured into set design and puppetry, with affiliations to Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, Oobleck and Red Moon theater companies. Shawn also began an apprenticeship in art restoration, working on historic buildings located in downtown Chicago.
Shawn relocated to Houston, Texas, in 1991, to establish a small local business focused on architectural finishing and art restoration. Local Color Studios thrived in Texas for 11 years and continued in New Mexico as Milagro Fine Art Services. Opportunities to work on historic sites include the Cushing Memorial Library at Texas A&M University, The Santuario de Guadelupe and Fair Park in Dallas, and the KiMo Theater and Special Collections Library in New Mexico.
In 2002, Shawn formally relocated to Albuquerque, NM, founded on a desire for a more natural environment and to re engage an active commitment to personal Fine Arts and community arts.
Shawn's ties into the community include many teaching roles from elementary to college level courses in art history, Shawn helped form the Youth Mural Project , an after school program for middle school students, funded through the Harwood Art Center and served as district rep and then Chair of the Bernalillo County Arts Board (2011-17).
Currently, Shawn is represented at Exhibit/208 in Albuquerque, NM, and is owner of Milagro Fine Art Services - specializing in fine art restoration.