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, in the late 80's / early 90's. An opportunity to intern in historic art restoration developed into working on historic buildings located primarily in downtown Chicago.
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 historic building restoration, product design and museum exhibits. 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, (1936) in Cushing Memorial Library at Texas A&M University, The Santuario de Guadelupe ceiling and Fair Park Transportation Building mural, (1936) in Dallas,TX. The KiMo Theater entry foyer murals and Special Collections Library / Gustave Bauman fireplaces, (1925) and entry decorative elements, (1947) in New Mexico.
In 2002, Shawn relocated to Albuquerque, NM, founded on a desire for a natural environment and to re engage an active commitment to fine arts.
Community engagements in Albuquerque include teaching artist spanning elementary to adult level classes, at the Albuquerque Museum School and Harwood Art Center, art history instructor / college level course thorugh 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).