Shane Pennington’s work engages the balance, and fragility, of essential dichotomies. Between the ephemeral and the enduring, nature and the human construct, Pennington’s subjects are often skewed metaphorically and physically, prompting the viewer to contemplate life and its meaning from an alternative perspective. His use of many media and textures, from painting and sculpture to digital video, allows for a diverse artistic language. The resultant works conjure an energy that reflects upon life, death and universal consciousness.

Shane Pennington is a Dallas-based artist and a founder of AURORA, the largest outdoor new media arts festival in the U.S., which debuted in the Dallas Arts District in October 2011 and is a biannual event. Pennington was a recipient of the “New Dallas Nine” award from D Magazine and has exhibited internationally at the Paddington Contemporary Gallery in Sydney, Australia and at Sur la Montagne, Berlin. He also counts many world-recognized institutions and corporations among his collectors, including Alana in Sydney, The Gaedeke Group, Caldwell Cassady & Curry, Autonomy, The Regis Corporation, Dallas City Hall, The Dallas City Performance Hall, TEDxSMU, and JP Morgan Chase, by whom he was commissioned to install his work in the lobby of their flagship tower in Dallas.

“Art is like a roller coaster. We can all take the ride. Art gives us our highs and lows without moving our feet.”

– Shane Dale Pennington


  • Studied under Artist Virgie Cornelius, founder of Llano Art Guild
  • Texas Tech University, B.B.A. MIS
Honors and Awards
  • 2015 Selected by the City of Dallas Cultural Affairs, Love Field Modernization Program -Artist Selection Panel
  • 2012 Commissioned artist by City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs for the Dallas City Performance Hall “Points of Life”
  • 2011 Selected by the Dallas Arts District and TEDxSMU , public art installation “Transcendence”
  • 2011 The MasterMinds Finalist: Dallas Observer
  • 2010 Selected by the City of Dallas Cultural Affairs as a preapproved artist on their selection list for public art.
  • 2009 New Dallas Nine Award
  • 2009 NYArts Magazine Top 500 Artists’ Websites
  • 2009 Selected Artist for The Texas Sculpture Association Juried Art Show
Solo Exhibitions
  • 2012 Leaving the Shade, Sur La Montagne, Berlin Germany
  • 2011 Transcendence, The Dallas Arts District
  • 2011 Annually, SP Studio, Dallas Texas
  • 2004-2015 bi-annually, Parigi, Dallas, Texas
  • 2008 Alana, Sydney, Australia
  • 2008 Steel, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2008 Steel, Dallas, Texas
  • 2006 Dwellings, Dallas, Texas
  • 2003 Dralion, Dallas, Texas
  • 2003 Manhattan, Dallas, Texas
  • 2002 Metropolitan, Dallas Texas
Group Exhibitions
  • 2016 Waterfall Mansion | Kate Shin Gallery, New York, New York
  • 2014 NYFOL, New York, New York
  • 2014 ScuptCAD Rapid Artist, One Arts Plaza, Dallas Texas
  • 2013 Aurora, Dallas Arts District, Dallas Texas
  • 2013 Sculpt CAD Rapid Artists, Dallas Texas
  • 2011 Dallas Contemporary Wish! Dallas Texas
  • 2011 Aurora, Dallas Arts District, Dallas Texas
  • 2010 Texas Sculpture Association Juried Art Show
  • 2010 Aurora Old City Park, Dallas, Texas
  • 2010 HCG Summer Selections
  • 2010 ScuptCAD Rapid Artist, Anaheim, California
  • 2010 TractorBeam Gallery
  • 2010 Dallas Contemporary Wish! Dallas, Texas
  • 2010 Fresh Faces 2×2, Dallas Texas
  • 2009 Texas Sculpture Association Juried Art show @ HCG Gallery
  • 2009 D Art Slam at f.i.g. Dallas, Texas “Winner of the New Dallas Nine Award”
  • 2009 Off the Grid, Dallas Texas
  • 2009 HCG Gallery, New Year New Art, Dallas Texas
  • 2003-2009 Cedars Open Art Studios, Dallas, Texas
  • 2008 HCG Gallery, 2man show with Michael Ledoux, Dallas Texas
  • 2008 North Texas Business for Culture and the Arts, Dallas Texas
  • 2004 ALLO at Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas
  • 2004 Janette Kennedy Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2004 Erykah Badu’s B.L.IN.D, Dallas Texas
  • 2002 Pennington/Longhofer, ,Dallas Texas
  • 2002 Museum Works Gallery, Aspen Colorado
Selected Publications
Selected Collections
  • Caldwell, Cassady, & Curry Law Firm, Dallas, Texas
  • City of Dallas, office of Cultural Affairs for the Dallas City Performance Hall
  • Café Momentum, Dallas, Texas
  • Myron Kunin Art Collection, New York, New York
  • Charles and Dee Wyly Art Collection, Aspen Colorado
  • Alana, Sydney, Australia
  • JP Morgan Chase Tower, Dallas Texas
  • Gaedeke Group, Dallas, Texas
  • G.A. Donovan Consulting Corp, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Amerest Acturus corp, Dallas, Texas
  • Autonomy etalk, Dallas Texas
  • Keiko Ibi, New York, New York
  • Silver Lining Foundation, Aspen Colorado
  • Erykah Badu, Dallas Texas
  • Johnny Bench, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Joanne McLaughlin, Toronto, Canada
  • Jacques Nassser, New York, New York
  • Dick and Bobbi Snyder, Dallas Texas
  • Karla and Mark McKinley, Dallas Texas
  • Christopher Reed, Paris France
  • Richard Farmer & Kirsten Lee, Los Angeles
Creative Director/Aurora New Media
  • Aurora 2015, Dallas Arts District, Dallas TX
  • Aurora 2013, Dallas Arts District, Dallas TX
  • Aurora 2011, Dallas Arts District, Dallas TX
  • Aurora 2010, Heritage Village, Dallas TX
Support with Art for Charities
  • Dallas Contemporary Wish!
  • The Children’s Assessment Center
  • Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Human Rights Campaign, Washington DC
  • North Texas Business for Culture and Arts
  • AIDS Interfaith
  • African American Museum of the Arts
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Two x Two, AMFAR, Sponsored by DMA & Hotel
  • SPCA
  • Black Tie Dinner, Dallas Texas
  • North Texas Special Olympics
  • Reading and Radio Resources
  • Troy & Emmitt Charity Classic
  • Local Support and Contributions of art supplies for Homeless artists
Music Video
  • 2006 Paintings featured in the country music video Put Your Best Dress On by Steve Holy
Art used in Advertising
  • 2007 Cox Communications, Diversity Inc. Magazine, National
  • 2006 Davis Building, Billboards and Outdoor Media, Dallas, Texas