Bill Shannon
Performance and Video Artist
Pittsburgh, PA
2018 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Bill Shannon is a conceptual, interdisciplinary performance and media artist who creates solo and group choreographies, wearable sculpture, video installation, and performance art for galleries, theaters, and the street. Shannon is widely recognized in the dance and performance art world as well as the underground club dance scene. He was officially recognized as a Guggenheim Fellow for dance and as a Foundation for Contemporary Art Award Fellow for Performance. He is currently active as a solo street performer and busker employing contemporary clowning, street provocateur interactions, and slapstick humor. Shannon is also directing an evening-length group stage production, supported by the National Dance Project Production Award from New England Foundation for the Arts and the Heinz Endowment Small Arts Initiative. Currently, he is a Fellow of the Frank-Ratchye Studio For Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh and the Penn Avenue Creative Artist in Residence at Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

Portrait photo courtesy the artist.

  • Artwork by Bill Shannon
    Street Performance Video Stills of: Regarding The Fall, Boston Dance Umbrella, 2001 and Traffic, MCA Chicago, 2006.
Artwork by Bill Shannon