Shannon Collis is an interdisciplinary artist who creates installations and interactive environments that explore the ways in which digital technologies can transform the perception of audio and visual stimuli. She seeks to build a deeper connection between the sensing body and the world, blurring the lines between physical and digital spaces. More broadly, her work is reflective of the human imprint on the environment and the range of its social, economic, and ecological implications.
Her work has been widely exhibited across North America and abroad, including solo exhibitions at The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art (Ursinus College, PA), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Grizzly Grizzly (Philadelphia, PA), and Open Studio Contemporary Printmaking Centre (Toronto, Canada). Other collaborations and screenings include projects at the Walters Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) (Baltimore, MD), and the Currents New Media Festival (Santa Fe, NM). She has been awarded the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation’s Rubys Artist Grant (2019) and was a finalist for the Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize (2014). She has received numerous individual and project grants from the Canada Council for the Arts (2018, 2015) and the Maryland State Arts Council (2019). Among her international residencies are the Bogong Center for Sound Culture in Victoria, Australia (2018) and Nau Côclea in Camallera, Girona, Spain (2019). Her work is included in public collections in Europe and across North America.
Collis is a 2005 graduate of the Master of Fine Art program at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Maryland, where she teaches digital media.