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 small experimental theater companies including Oobleck, Red Moon and Steppenwolf Theaters. 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 and museum exhibits. Shawn continues art restoration work as Milagro Fine Art Services.
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 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 level 2 and 3-D classes, art history instructor - college level courses, and 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).