Shawn Turung is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended graduate school at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX.

As a student in Chicago, Shawn interned in art restoration and finishing from 1989 - 1991, was involved as a set designer and puppet creator within the live theater community and worked as an electronic assistant in the Kinetics Department at the School of the Art Institute.

Shawn relocated to Houston, Texas, in 1991, to establish a small local business originally founded on architectural finishing. Local Color Studios soon extended services into historic art restoration, product design and museum exhibits, until 2002.

• In progress restoration of the
Gustav Bauman Fireplace:
Special Collections Library/ Albuquerque, NM

Shawn relocated to New Mexico in 2002, founded on a desire to connect with the natural environment and to re engage an active commitment to personal and community fine arts. Shawn continues private and public art restoration currently as Milagro Fine Art Services.

Community engagements in New Mexico include: exhibiting artist, teaching artist, exhibitions curator (ongoing), serving on the Bernalillo County Arts Board as representative and Chair (2011-2017), and co-creator/lead artist of the Youth Mural Project; an after school mural program for middle school students, supported through the Harwood Art Center, (2014-ongoing).