Visual Arts Instructor
Shannon Stooksbury is a senior Art Education Major and Religion Minor at Carson-Newman University. In her time at Carson-Newman she has participated in all of the student art shows on campus, including an upcoming solo exhibit, and she has been given her own studio in the art building. Shannon has been drawing since before she can remember, joining a middle school art class at the age of seven, and participating in art classes every year since then. In middle school she began participating in numerous art shows and competitions, having the honor of receiving various awards. In high school she assisted with art classes at her local art center, and she has continued to assist in other art classes in college, often teaching art therapy classes at a women and children’s shelter. When she’s not in her studio painting, Shannon can be found on a walk at Mossy Creek or any nearby body of water. She enjoys reading and writing, and has been active in theater and choir for around 15 years.
My Why… People so often feel discouraged as they grow up, saying “oh, I’m just not good at art.” And I’d like to make it my mission to challenge that idea and to encourage people to believe that they truly can be an artist. There’s something so vulnerable and exciting about making art, creating something so wonderful from something as ordinary as a blank piece of paper. Something truly divine can happen when a person feels free and open enough to create art from a place of vulnerability and their truest self. After all, art is such a wonderful place to seek and find God.