Shawna has been a full-time model for 8 years. "Full time" in art modeling means 3-10 hours a day, 6-7 hours a week. Having achieved 10,000 pose hours in 2020 alone, she is on the roster of 20 schools in the Puget Sound region and 20 community series in the area. Shawna also collaborates with individual artists, working in their homes or studios. Additionally, Shawna coordinates and hosts community "open sessions" and hires models for both her own self-hosted series and for other community series. Last summer, Shawna started to coordinate models for Gage Academy of Art.
Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?
In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.