Shawn Turung is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with focus in Kinetic Sculpture and Lithography. As a student and post graduation, Shawn ventured into set design and puppetry, working with experimental theater companies in Chicago, including Oobleck, Red Moon and Steppenwolf Theaters, through the late 80's to early 90's. Shawn also interned in art restoration working on artworks in historic registry buildings located primarily in downtown Chicago, '89 - '91.
Shawn relocated to Houston, Texas, in 1991, to establish a small local business founded on architectural finishing and historic art restoration. Local Color Studios extended services to art restoration, product design and museum exhibits. In Houston, Shawn attended graduate school at the University of St. Thomas focused on 20th C. art history.
Shawn continues private and public art restoration work as Milagro Fine Art Services.
in progress restoration of the Gustav Bauman Fireplace: Special Collections Library/ Albuquerque, NM
Historic art restoration sites include:
the Ryerson Reading Room ceiling, (c.1936) in Cushing Memorial Library at Texas A&M University, The Santuario de Guadelupe ceiling and Fair Park Transportation Building mural, (c.1936) in Dallas,TX. The KiMo Theater entry foyer murals and Special Collections Library / Gustave Bauman fireplaces, (c.1925) and entry decorative elements, (c.1947) in New Mexico.
Shawn relocated to Albuquerque, NM, in 2002, founded on a desire to connect with the natural environment and to re engage an active commitment to community and fine art practice.
Community engagements include teaching artist (spanning elementary to adult level) at the Albuquerque Museum School and Harwood Art Center, art history instructor / college level course at the NM School of Art and Design, and curator of exhibitions at the Inpost Art Space from 2005-2007.
In 2015, Shawn was part of the team to form the Youth Mural Project; an after school mural program for middle school students, supported through the Harwood Art Center. Shawn also proudly served as a representative for District 1 and then Chair of the Bernalillo County Arts Board (2011-17).