Shawn Turung is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Pursuits at S.A.I.C., extended into Kinetic Sculpture, Lithography, Neon, Foundry, and mixed media painting. Ouside pursuits while a student and after graduation included set design and puppetry, with affiliations to Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, Oobleck and Red Moon theater companies. Shawn also began an 2 year 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 founded on architectural finishing and historic art restoration. Local Color Studios thrived in Texas for over a decade and continues in New Mexico as Milagro Fine Art Services. Opportunities to work on
included 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.
Community engagements include fine art education spanning elementary to art history college level course and in 2015, Shawn helped form the Youth Mural Project , an after school mural program for middle school students, supported through the Harwood Art Center. Shawn served as a representative and then Chair on 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.