Art Galleries
Sweet Briar College
P.O. Box 1115
Sweet Briar, VA 24595

Shawn O’Connor

Shawn O'ConnorActing Director of Galleries and Museums
Visiting Assistant Professor of Visual Arts: Studio Art

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Professor O’Connor was born and raised in Minot, Maine, and completed his B.F.A. at the University of Southern Maine in 2005. After undergraduate studies, he went on to be a resident and staff member at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine. O’Connor also completed a six-week residency at the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation on Westport Island, Maine. In May 2010, he received his M.F.A. in Ceramics from Syracuse University. The main focus of his research in graduate school revolved around wood firing. While at Syracuse, O’Connor designed and constructed a train-style wood kiln. He later went on to publish his first article about his kiln in the Log Book, an international journal devoted to wood firing. He completed a year as artist-in-residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., in 2011. In 2012 he traveled to China as a visiting artist for West Virginia University. O’Connor also was a visiting artist and adjunct professor at the University of North Dakota. For the last two years, O’Connor taught a range of art courses at Hyde School in Bath, Maine. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

For more information, please visit Professor O’Connor’s website.