Shawna Moulton is a multi-disciplinary artist and art educator based in South Florida. She was born in Freeport, Bahamas, raised in Kingston, Jamaica, and then migrated to the United States. At an early age, she discovered the magic of art-making, manifesting works of drawings, paintings, sculptures, and paper-making. In 2015 she graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts.
Her art journey has taken her to the Awagami Factory in Tokushima, Japan, where she learned traditional Japanese paper making. She has several years of experience working in museum education departments such as the Museum of Contemporary Art (North Miami), the Norton Museum of Art, the Young At Art Museum, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts Museum. Her role has been engaging the public community with conversations around art, teaching art techniques, and designing art curriculums.
Moulton has been in residence at the Bakehouse Arts Complex (2022) and is presently a member of the Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator. As Shawna continues to work on her creative practice, she is active as an independent teaching artist around South Florida.
The artworks she creates reflect her search for identity through her heritage as an immigrant in America, with deep connections to the Caribbean rooted in the richness of the African Diaspora. She believes that diverse stories are essential to creating a more just world for people to be seen and represented, and this is something she is deeply committed to manifesting through her art. Her work includes life-size paper-casting figures, illustrations on handmade paper, and watercolor paintings reflecting her journey into motherhood.
I'm using art to reflect and find myself; I want to honor and connect with my ancestors and create a legacy for future generations. The core of my work is celebrating what it means to live a life by connecting with the past, present, and future. I use various mediums that diversify these different aspects of myself, using mixed media portraits, body casting, and watercolor.
In 2016 I founded SMART Projects, outreach art workshops I led in South Florida and beyond. Creating and teaching art classes like paper-making, paper dyeing, bookbinding, clay sculpture, and more. I have done my workshops with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Young At Art Museum, Broward Art Guild, I.S Projects, Bailey Contemporary Arts, MOCA North Miami, Norton Museum of Art, Community Bible Ins. & Seminary Brevard, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Bookleggers Library, and many public schools and child centers.
The mission of SMART Projects is to be a welcoming environment that shares love and knowledge of art, history, and art processes with participants of all ages, experience levels and walks of life.