Shannon is a former corporate litigator who retired to become the president of a unique nonprofit foundation known as Windows to the Divine which promotes both art and spirituality. Through exhibitions, symposia and salons hosted in collaboration with museums, galleries and other nonprofits, the foundation encourages everyone to become a patron of the arts and support the vocation of the living artist. Her goal is to make sure that each person she encounters regardless of wealth can share that unique joy that only art can bring. The foundation also promotes interfaith dialogue and philanthropy,
Since 1999, Shannon has served as the curator and chairperson of the Windows to the Divine biennial national exhibitions. In 2015, through the foundation, she also launched a national network of collectors and artists called Collectors for Connoisseurship (C4C) which provides educational programming and access to special arts events such as the C4C Arts Weekends in Denver, New York City, Paris, Atlanta, Savannah and the Hamptons with special programs at The Denver Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum, the Salmagundi Club, and The Savannah College of Art & Design.
In October of 2022, the C4C Arts Weekend was held in the Hamptons with educational programs, tours of private art collections and a special exhibition entitled Beauty. The exhibition was staged at the historic “Rowe-Mackall House” and featured the contemporary works of 11 nationally renowned artists: Lu Cong, Scott Fraser, Ron Hicks, Quang Ho, Dan McCaw, Danny McCaw, John McCaw, CW Mundy, Daniel Sprick, Adrienne Stein, and Vincent Xeus (who received the 2022 Fra Angelico Artist of the Year Award).
In October of 2023, the C4C Arts Weekend was held in Denver at Gallery 1261 with educational programs, tours of private art collections and a special exhibition entitled Beauty & Spirit. The exhibition featured the contemporary works of __ nationally renowned artists: Kathy Anderson, Blair Atherholt, Stephanie Birdsall, Kelly Birkenruth, Greg Block, Casey Childs, Madeleine Dodge, Michelle Dunaway, Scott Fraser, Ann Gargotto, Ulrich Gleiter, David Gray, Albert Handell, Stephanie Hartshorn, Ron Hicks, Quang Ho, William Hook, Jane Hunt, Brendan Johnston, Andrea Kemp, Lynn Kircher, David Leffel, Terrie Lombardi, Kyle Ma, Huberto Maestas, Dan McCaw, Danny McCaw, John McCaw, Sherrie McGraw, C.W. Mundy, Desmond O’Hagan, Maria Panou, Vasily Ryabchenko, Ron Richmond, Don Sahli, Jill Soukup, Daniel Sprick, Adrienne Stein (2023 Fra Angelico Artist of the Year), and Vincent Xeus. In the Fall of 2024, the C4C Arts Weekend will be held in the Hudson River Valley in New York.
As an art collector for over 30 years, Shannon is passionate about the arts and education. Her work as an advocate for artists and art collecting has been featured in several arts publications, including Southwest Art Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur and Larry’s List. With her Master’s certification from Regis University in Art History and Collecting, Shannon speaks on a wide range of topics at collector salons and symposia hosted by Windows to the Divine and its partners at museums and galleries in Colorado and around the country.