Artist Biography: Shannon Rusnak is currently a student earning her BFA in Media and Digital Technologies at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) in Calgary. Influenced by other Deaf artists, her Deaf experience is embedded in her work as she explores the world of Deaf View Image Art (De’VIA). Having worked as a Deaf-Blind intervenor, she gained a greater depth of understanding what it means to visualize not only through sight, but by touch also. This is evident in her artwork.
Shannon works with Deaf organizations across Canada as a multimedia artist specializing in video and digital mediums under 5×5 Media, a company she co-founded. Her work has been most recently exhibited at the Calgary Deaf Art Show and at the Queer Art Festival in Edmonton. Her interests include blogging, volunteering through creative means and collaborating with other Deaf artist on various projects in the Deaf art community.