As an artist, Shawn McCann is one who loves to explore the relationship of art, space, and interaction. Having graduated the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA, Shawn has grown into a multi-media, multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores color, texture, form, and content. This approach has led to the many areas in which Shawn’s work has encompassed including; street painting, murals, fine art, children’s books, installation art, temporary and permanent art and commercial illustration. He has been featured at numerous street painting festivals has worked on projects such as Exhibition sized pieces and corporate clients. His work has won numerous awards, been a NEA grant recipient, and is held in private and public collections, and has also been featured twice at the LA Times Festival of Books as a featured illustrator. This year, Shawn was one of the few American artists chosen to participate in the Dubai Canvas. One of the most prestigious street art festivals in the world. Shawn is also currently the President of the Children’s Book Illustrators Guild of Minnesota and past vice president and member of the Minneapolis College of Art and Designs Alumni Board of Directors. Currently is a member of the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Center for Books Arts
Jilek, a Wisconsin native, completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2005. Her work has since been exhibited throughout the Midwest as well as reviewed in multiple publications. Jilek first received national exposure in the American Artist: Drawing Magazine. She was selected, along with 14 other finalists, for the magazine's annual Cover Competition. She was also chosen from thousands of entrants as one of the top 40 finalists in the Artistic Excellence Competition through Southwest Art Magazine. Notable projects include Art for the Arts, Wisconsin State Park Plein Art Painting Project, and album artwork for acclaimed musicians Peter Mulvey, Dave Steffens, and Ume. She has also just finished work on a collaborative mural project at Minnesota's Largest Candy Store in Jordan, MN. She currently maintains a studio in downtown Appleton, WI.
Richland Center Wisconsin Art Teacher Duo, Jamie and Craig Rogers have been collaborating since they met in high school. Both graduated from UW Oshkosh for art education. Their collaborative efforts started focusing on street painting when they decided to celebrate their wedding by joining their first chalk festival in 2010. Since then they have been featured artists at several events and festivals, taught chalk art workshops, presented a lecture on ephemeral art in nature to UW Oshkosh’s Artscore, and taught thousands of students in the public school system. Their current source of inspiration is music, human interaction with nature, and their two children.
Allison Severson is from St. Paul, Minnesota. She graduated from The College of Visual Arts with a BFA. She enjoys the act of creating, with any medium, as well as the end result - - something fun to look at. She is sought after to design tattoos and create murals, fine art, portraits, children’s book illustration and faux/re- finishing on furniture and walls.
Tonya has been a chalk artist for more than 15 years. She works in all mediums including oil, acrylic, pencil, chalk and digital. She has worked on several projects and has been able to travel internationally with her art work. Tonya also does taxidermy and runs a small bookstore. She lives in Utah and is the mother of two children. Tonya believes if she can encourage one person to try something new she has done her job!
Sharyn Chan is a unique blend of scientist, artist, hip-hop dancer, and a motorcycle racer. Currently she works as a street artist, solo, as a part of Tracy Lee Stum's Team 3D, helping out with other teams, and as a hip hop dance instructor as well as a governement contract project manager. Sharyn was born to be an artist as she was drawing illustrations of rabbits and bears at the age of 3, but her career path took a different turn in college where she graduated with a computer science degree and stayed in that field for 30+ years. She dabbled in the artistic side of computers diving into Photoshop and graphic arts on the side. However, it was not until she met world-class street painters at Santa Barbara I Madonnari festival in 2001 that she learned about the ancient art form of street painting. That trip to the I Madonnari festival rekindled her passion for art and Sharyn began street painting in her hometown of Santa Barbara and has traveled all over the world participating in festivals and street painting to her heart's content!
Marlon is an artist residing in San Francisco Bay Area and a native of Guatemala. His artistic interest began at the age of 5, but never really pursued it as a profession until 2008. His professional career began at the age of twenty seven when he started working at Whole Foods Market in Palo Alto, CA. Marlon’s love for art grew quickly and led him to become the Regional Chalk Artist for Whole Foods Market in the Northern California/Reno Region. This also led to a variety of freelance murals in the San Francisco Financial District, and new startup companies in the SF Bay Area. In 2008 Marlon participated in his first Chalk Festival in Palo Alto, CA and since then has participated in a few more around the bay. He has set his mind to participate outside of the bay area and even in some competitive festivals to help him grow as an artist.