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Women's History Month Spotlight: Shan Wallace


As we celebrate Women's History Month, we want to acknowledge the trailblazing women who have contributed to shaping our society. It is critical to highlight past women trailblazers and women who are currently making history and changing our communities. One such woman is Shan Wallace, an award-winning visual artist, photographer, and filmmaker from Baltimore, MD.


Shan's work is a testament to the power of storytelling through the lens. She uses still and moving images, collages, and in situ installations to document the nuances of day-to-day life and reflect the versatility of the Black and African American experience. By expressing Black domesticity, leisure, and recreation, she invites audiences to see, imagine, and remember the world in which we live.


Shan has been recognized by numerous publications for her work, including the Baltimore Beat for 'Best Solo Show,' the City Paper for 'Best Photographer,' and the Association of Health Care Journalists for her photojournalism piece "Losing Conner's Mind" in the Atavist Magazine. Her work has been featured in renowned publications such as Essence Magazine, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and The New York Times.

In addition to her critical acclaim, Shan's work can be found in both public and private collections across the US. She has exhibited her work internationally in galleries and museums such as The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, and The Mint Museum.


As a woman of color, Shan's work carries a powerful message of representation and amplification of underrepresented voices. Her work has challenged oppressive politics and histories within communities of the African diaspora, and she continues to confront ideas surrounding existing collections, culture, and archives of Blackness.


We honor Shan Wallace during Women's History Month for her contributions to the art world and her unwavering commitment to using her platform to shine a light on the stories of marginalized communities.





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