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The strange & beautiful work of Shanna Allyn 

—The Minnesota Daily (University of Minnesota)

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 Shanna Allyn is a globally published portrait photographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   She grew up in Wisconsin where she obtained her Bachelors in Science & Liberal Arts from UWRF with an emphasis in Medical Illustration.

Life sciences & visual communication.

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Allyn lived in New York City for four years before relocating to Minneapolis to begin a series of dynamic portraits.

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 She began directing and photographing unusual and beautiful dead pan portraits utilizing natural and unnatural objects, backgrounds and landscapes through a series of photographs. A showcase of natural beauty in a carnival of strange mirrors.

“Strange Beautiful by Shanna Allyn

is Eerily Thought-Provoking”

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She is interested in the combination of nature and the merge and outer limits of modern technology.

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Her portraits showcase a spectrum of emotion and logic, subconscious and consciousness.  Symbolic of the complex creation & metamorphosis of a caterpillar emerging into a butterfly.

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 She showcases her portraits around Minneapolis and spent time as a Team Leader for Free Arts Minnesota helping youth express themselves through creativity. Her strange beautiful series was featured in Australian magazine Frankie, Chinese VOGUE, local magazine The Fugue, METRO and National Geographic.

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Exhibitions & Publications

2018

University of Minnesota campus-to be announced.  Spring & Summer

2017
 Featured artist, Norseman Distillery-to be announced.  August
2016
 Cream of the Crop artist-Minnesota State fair. August

Betty Dangers live exhibition/workshop in garden room-April

Art Gaze-Free Arts Minnesota-Featured artist at event in June

The Guerilla Girls Take over the Twin Cities-Gamut Gallery-The Second Sex, March

Mpls Citi Pages-The Second Sex published article

Dunn Bros Loring Park solo exhibition Sept-Jan

2015

Spyhouse on Nicollet-solo exhibition Mpls Nov-Jan

Betty Dangers group exhibition Mpls

The Purple Onion in Dinkytown Mpls-solo exhibition, current

Permanent portrait purchased and hanging at Betty Dangers Mpls

Vesper College Mpls-group exhibition

Art-A-Whirl Mpls

2014

Free Arts Minnesota (Team Leader & mentor) 2013-2014

Studio HERE: Solo all day exhibition and workshop at The Minnesota State Fair

National Geographic-Article written on work and portraits published

Ambiente Gallery-group exhibition

The Minnesota Daily newspaper-article published in A&E section

Art Incognito event with Free Arts MN-portraits featured

Sebastian Joe’s Mpls-solo exhibition

Spyhouse Coffee on Nicollet Mpls-solo exhibition

Vesper College Mpls-Group exhibition

Art-A-Whirl Mpls

2013

Chinese VOGUE-portraits published and written-Dec

Beautiful Decay magazine-article published

Gay Pride Mpls Best in Show Award

Lavender magazine

The Photo Magazine-published article

Gamut Gallery-group exhibition Colors

Lost at E Minor magazine published article The Fugue & Sic Semper Serpent-published work

RAW Natural Born Artists-solo exhibition

Portable magazine NYC-published article

Vesper College Mpls-group exhibition

Art-A-Whirl Mpls

Cafetto Mpls-Solo Exhibition

2012

METRO magazine Mpls-published portraits

Frankie Australian magazine-Featured on the cover and double page published work

Girlosophy-Australian. Commissioned video work of portraiture featured on website

Paperblog-published article

Vesper College Mpls-group exhibition

Art-A-Whirl Mpls

Cafetto Mpls-Solo exhibition

2011

In the Studio with METRO magazine-Interview and published portraits

MPLS Photo Center: Exhibition Woman as Photographer

Twin Cities Daily Planet Blog-published article

Vesper College-Article written on portrait

Art-A-Whirl Mpls

2010

Cafetto coffee Mpls-solo exhibition

The Cause Soundgarden-group exhibition 2010-2013

Vesper College Mpls-group exhibition