Shaun Kardinal (He/him, b. 1982)

Philadelphia, PA / Seattle, WA USA


Jun 2023: This is How We Learn @ J. Rinehart Gallery, Seattle WA
Jan 2020:
Present Tense @ J. Rinehart Gallery, Seattle WA
May 2017: Harbinger @ Calypte Gallery, Seattle WA
Jul 2015: Shaun Kardinal’s Turn @ Joe Bar, Seattle WA
Oct 2014: left to your own devices @ Two Shelves, Seattle WA
Jun 2014: flying formation @shaunkardinal, Instagram
Jul 2013: Inertia @ LxWxH, Seattle WA
Oct 2012: Reiterations @ Cairo, Seattle WA
Apr 2012: Connotations @ Joe Bar, Seattle WA
Sep 2011: Further Alterations @ Snowden Flood, London UK
Jul 2011: Heptaparaparshinokh @
Jan 2009: Progression @ SOIL, Seattle WA
May 2008: Go On, I’m Listening @ Joe Bar, Seattle WA
Oct 2007: Directors’ Cut @ Some Space, Seattle WA
Jun 2007: Buildings @ Clarabella, New York NY
Oct 2006: Buildings, 2006 @ Some Space, Seattle WA


Fall 2020 – Spring 2022: Living Room @ Shaun Kardinal Art Museum @ Museum of Museums, Seattle WA
Aug 2019: Forward — Part 3: Means @ Glass Box Gallery, Seattle WA
Sep 2018: Forward — Part 2: Dislocation @ LoveCityLove, Seattle WA
Jul 2017: Forward — Part 1: Origin Stories @ The Factory, Seattle WA
Jul 2015 – Jun 2016: Turn @ Joe Bar, Seattle WA
Jul 3 2014: ‘waste not, want not.’ @ Facebook Events

Group Exhibitions

Dec 2022: A/B Test @ Gallery Ergo, Seattle WA
Jul 2022: with J. Rinehart Gallery @ Seattle Art Fair, Seattle WA
Jul 2020: with J. Rinehart Gallery @ Seattle Art Fair, Seattle WA
Oct 2019:
Introductions @ J. Rinehart Gallery, Seattle WA
Apr 2019: Cadence: Video Poetry Festival @ Northwest Film Forum, Seattle WA
Dec 2018: Homework @ Non-Breaking Space, Seattle WA
Jun 2016: Tuf Luv @ King Street Station, Seattle WA
Mar 2016: Giant Steps @ King Street Station, Seattle WA
Feb 11 2016: Love is So Weird, with Chelsea Werner-Jatzke @ Cairo, Seattle WA
Aug 29 2015: NEPO 5k Don’t Run, Seattle WA
Jul 2015 – Jun 2016: Turn @ Joe Bar, Seattle WA
Apr 22 2015: Violet Strays’ ‘Art with a View’ @ Via6, Seattle
Jul 3 2014: ‘waste not, want not.’ concept and direction @ Facebook Events
Aug 31 – Sep 2 2013: Found and Unbound, curated by Shane Montgomery @ Bumbershoot, Seattle WA
Aug 22 2013: City Arts Art Walk Awards @ 1927 Events, Seattle WA
Jul 2013: Stitchery @ SAM Gallery, Seattle WA
May 2013: New Members’ Show @ SOIL, Seattle WA
Feb/Mar 2013: Chamber Music @ Frye Art Museum, Seattle WA
Dec 2012: TWO @ Joe Bar, Seattle WA
Oct 2012 – Jun 2013: Small Voids traveling exhibition, Seattle WA, Portland OR, Oakland CA
Jul 21 2012: Sun Worshipers @ Egan House, Seattle WA
Jun 2012: Erotic, with Erin Frost @ Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
Jan 29 2012: Visual Art Happy Hour at ONN/OF, Seattle WA
Nov 2011: The Sweet Life (Act Like You’re Interested), with Troy Gua @ Nepo House, Seattle WA
Aug 13 2011: Show and Tell @ Vignettes Mobile Gallery, Brooklyn NY
Jul 14 2011: Seattle Weekly’s Artopia
Jul 5 2011: Alterations, with Erin Frost @ Vignettes, Seattle WA
Apr/May 2011: Being There, curated by Sierra Stinson @ Cornish College of the Arts Alumni Gallery, Seattle WA
Apr 2011: A Good Line: Artists on Poems, curated by Jennifer Borges Foster @ Hugo House, Seattle WA
Feb 2011: Bloom & Collapse with Troy Gua @ SOIL, Seattle WA
Dec 2010: Vs. The Matador @ SOIL, Seattle WA
Oct-Nov 2010: One Night Stand @ Joe Bar, Seattle WA
May 2010: Seattle Erotic Art Festival @ Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Seattle WA
Apr 2010: Meet Greet Rinse Repeat, with Troy Gua @ Monarch Contemporary, Seattle WA
Feb 2010: Bad Words, curated by Chris Crites @ Twilight Artist Collective, Seattle WA
Jun 2009: Photo Show @ Vermillion, Seattle WA
Apr/May 2009: Human Canvas @ The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins CO
Apr 2009: The Coast with the Most @ goforaloop gallery, San Francisco CA
Feb-Mar 2009: Dearly Madly, curated by Robert Yoder @ Howard House, Seattle WA
Nov 2008: Beautifully Worn, curated by No Good For Me @ Clarabella, New York NY
Aug 2008: Photographers’ Showcase @ Some Space, Seattle WA
Jun 2008: My Space, juried by Suvan Geer @ SCA Project Gallery, Pomona CA
Feb 2008: Artist Trust Benefit Auction, Seattle WA
Jan 2008: Autobiography @ SAM Gallery, Seattle WA

Professional Activities

Jul 2019 – Present: Director, Shaun Kardinal Art Museum
Jul 2017 – Jun 2020: Director, Forward
Jul 2015 – Jun 2016: Director, Turn
Jan 2015 – Present: Web Developer, Civilization
Jan 2006 – Dec 2014: Designer & Web Developer, Unkardinal
Jul – Sep 2014: Judge, City Arts Art Walk Awards
Jun 2013 – Dec 2014: Digital Media Manager, Frye Art Museum
Sep 2012 – Jan 2014: Member, SOIL Gallery
Sep 2007 – Dec 2010: Designer & Web Developer, Davidson Galleries
Sep 2008 – Dec 2009: Organizational Member, Crawl Space Gallery
Jun 2006 – Dec 2008: Co-Founder & -Director, Some Space

Awards & Purchases

2021 Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) Purchase
2019 Artist Trust GAP Grant
2013 4Culture Portable Works Purchase Award
2010 4Culture Individual Artist Projects Grant

Commissions & Reproductions

2020: Hyatt Tampa, Alterations series (12 piece commission with Eaton Fine Art)
2018: LMR Hotel, Riyadh, Energy series (14 piece commission with Atelier27 Paris)
2018: FB AIR Program, I (underpinning no. 1) (permanent installation @ Facebook Westlake Seattle)
2015: Slow Year, II (album cover art)
2014: Wishbeard, Ally Sheedy 7″ (album cover art)
2013: Starbucks University Village III Location (permanent installation)
2013: Vaudeville Etiquette, Debutantes EP (album cover art)
2013: Soft Metals, Lenses LP, Tell Me single (album cover art series, music video)
2012: LxWxH Gallery (permanent installation)
Yen Magazine


Margo Vansyngel, “So you want to support Seattle art? Here’s how…” Crosscut, Dec 14, 2022
Megan Burbank, “There’s a new museum in Seattle…” Seattle Times, October 29, 2020
Mark Van Streefkerk, “…First Hill’s Museum of Museums set to open in November” Capitol Hill Blog, October 5, 2020
Sharon Arnold, “Syntactic Logic” J Rinehart Gallery catalog essay, December 2019
Jasmyne Keimig, “J. Rinehart Gallery Has a Physical Space, Baby!” The Stranger, Sep 3, 2019
Jasmyne Keimig, “Currently Hanging: Casey Curran at Glass Box Gallery” The Stranger, Aug 6, 2019
Brendan Kiley, “…Seattle artist aims to unlock the city’s cultural potential” Seattle Times, Jun 19, 2019
Paulette Perhach, “Show Us Your Wall: Creating Community by Collecting Art and Artists” New York Times, Jan 9, 2019
Amanda Manitach, “Artistic Polymath Shaun Kardinal” City Arts, May 31, 2018
Sarah Anne Lloyd, “Peek inside Facebook’s new Seattle office on Westlake” Curbed Seattle, Mar 13, 2018
T.s. Flock, “The Finale of Shaun Kardinal’s Turn Series” Vanguard Seattle, Jun 28, 2016
Jen Graves, “The Best Art Shows in Seattle this Summer” The Stranger, Jun 8, 2016
Amanda Manitach, “See it this week!” City Arts Blog, May 23, 2016
Carolyn Eckert, “Your Idea Starts Here: 77 Mind-Expanding Ways to Unleash Your Creativity” Storey Publishing, May 2016
“The 43 Best Things To Do In Seattle This Week” The Stranger, March 21, 2016
Jen Graves, “The Best Art Shows in Seattle this Spring” The Stranger, Mar 2, 2016
“An Interview with Shaun Kardinal” Dirty Laundry Magazine, Feb 1 2016
Jen Graves, “The Best Art Shows in Seattle This Winter” The Stranger, Dec 2015
Amanda Manitach, “See it this week!” City Arts Blog, Jul 27, 2015
Illustrations for “Коломойского удалось сохранить мир” Esquire Ukraine, Oct 2014
Amanda Manitach, “The Fall Art Walk Awards are Coming” City Arts Blog, Sep 16 2014

Jakob Schiller, “Photoshop Magic Turns Flocks of Birds Into Perfect Patterns” WIRED Raw File, Sep 9 2014
Emma Kisiel, “Collages of Birds in Unbelievable Formations” Feature Shoot, Aug 31 2014
Leigh Riibe and Olivia McCausland, BLOOD MOON, Aug 2014
Benjamin Starr, “Impossible Bird Formations Take Flight” Visual News, Jun 25 2014
“鳥が作る超カッコいい奇跡のフォーメーション” Hayabusa Magazine, Jun 20 2014

Caroline Kurze, “Flying Formation” Ignant, Jun 19 2014
Jillian Wong, “Mesmerizing Digital Collages Of Birds Flying In Formation” Design Taxi, Jun 17 2014
T.s. Flock, “What’s Good in Seattle: The Photo Opp” Vanguard Seattle, Jun 12 2014

Sophie Gerardeau, “Shaun Kardinal’s Embroidered Postcards” Interview, Common Thread, Oct 13 2013
Lauren Albrecht, “Top 10 Funny Tumblrs” Art Nerd Los Angeles, Jul 17 2013
Amanda Manitach, “This Week in Arts” City Arts Blog, Jul 16 2013
Knock Magazine (featured work), Issue #16, Jun 2013
Amanda Manitach, “This Week in Arts” City Arts Blog, May 14 2013
Joe Bun Keo, “From Seattle to Hartford with Love: First Thursday Art Schlock Gives the Art World a Sense of Levity” CT Art List, Mar 2013
Olivia Zeitline, “Shaun Kardinal – La broderie dans l’art revient en force” Interview, Réécrire Magazine, Mar 2013

Jonathan Zwickel, “The Act of Love: Shaun Kardinal & Erin Frost” City Arts Magazine, Feb 2013
Tessa Hulls, “Your Art Show Exhausts Me” Off Paper, Jan 30 2013
Brangien Davis & Bond Huberman, “Best of 2012: Local Arts” Seattle Magazine, Dec 2012
Jen Graves, “First Thursday Art Schlock” SLOG, Aug 6 2012
“First Thursday Art Schlock” Monarch Review, Jul 11 2012
Ranessa Allen, “Shaun Kardinal: Unstrung” Interview, FIXE Mag, Jul 2012
Mala Bajaj, “A Stitch in Time” Home Review Magazine, Jul 2012
Amanda Manitach, “Interview with First Thursday Art Schlock” City Arts Blog, Jun 7 2012
Vivian Hua, “Entangled in Embroidery: Shaun Kardinal & Erin Frost Joint Interview” Redefine Mag, Jun 2 2012
Sierra Stinson, Sun Worshipers, Jun 2012

Vivian Hua, “Embroidered Works: Shaun Kardinal, Erin Frost, Stacey Page…” Redefine Mag, May 9 2012

Lesley Frenz “The Uncommon Familiar: Shaun Kardinal” Artsy Forager, Apr 23 2012
Sharon Arnold “Connotations at Joe Bar” Dimensions Variable, Apr 11 2012
City Arts (featured work), Apr 2012
Modern Ink Magazine (featured work), Apr/May 2012
“Shaun Kardinal – Creations/Alterations” Kinki Magazine, Mar 30 2012

Seo, Jae Woo “Another Beautiful Scene” J.J. Magazine no 80, Mar 2012
“über embroiderers: Shaun Kardinal” The Smallest Forest, Feb 7, 2012
“Battling the Pacific Northwest SADS with ONN/OF” Redefine Mag, Jan 27 2012
Margherita Dessanay, “Art & Craft: An Embroidered Web” Elephant Magazine, Winter 2011/12

Charlotte Rivers, “A Stitch in Time: The Art of Found Imagery and Embroidery” Blanket Magazine, Sep 2011

“The Cutting (and Stitching) Edge” Mr. X Stitch, Sep 1, 2011

Kyle Johnson, “Portraits of Seattle #10” Jan 2 2011
Joey Veltkamp, “Embroidered Lithographs by Shaun Kardinal” Best Of, Nov 26 2010

Emily Pothast, “Gifts for No One in Particular” Translinguistic Other, Feb 19 2010

Lucas Deon Spivey, “Light Comes with Darkness” Meaning in Art, Sep 5 2009

Sharon Arnold, “How I’ve Learned to See Myself a Little Differently” Dimensions Variable, Jun 25 2009
Emily Pothast, “Inadvertent Public Art” Translinguistic Other, Jun 11 2009
Regina Hackett, “Dearly, Madly – Romance as the end of the road” Arts Journal Online, Mar 25 2009
Valentina Vitols, “Shaun Kardinal turns the camera toward himself…” ArtVoices, Feb 2009
Joshua Lynch, “Shaun Kardinal at Photographers’ Showcase” Seattle Weekly, Aug 13 2008
Regina Hackett, “Shaun Kardinal’s Intimate Mundane” Seattle Weekly Art to Go, May 8 2008
Interview for, Mar 3 2008
Carrie E.A. Scott, “Masters in Miniature” Seattle Weekly, Jun 05 2007

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