Shawn Bitters (born Orem, UT; lives Kansas City, MO) received a BFA in Printmaking from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Art at The University of Kansas. His work has been exhibitied in solo exhibition at Open Spaces KC, Kansas City; Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York; and Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA; as well as the Hall of Awa Handmade Japanese Paper and Museum, Yoshinogawa, Japan. Bitters also has shown at the Visual Arts Center, University of Texas, Austin; Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; Michener Museum of Art, Doylestown, PA; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; Dieu Donné, International Print Center of New York and Planthouse Gallery, all New York; and Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Danish Council of Artists Residency, Hirsholm Island, Denmark; Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium; Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna, Florida; Hall of Awa Handmade Japanese Paper and Museum; and Officina Stamperia Del Notaio, Tusa, Italy. He was one of three recipients of a 2016 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Award, Kansas City, MO.