Shana R. Goetsch's art frequently involves themes of social justice, empowerment, love, loss and bereavement; she began painting in 1989 after witnessing the murder of her mother. Often using words, cultural references or found objects, she injects personal voice, history and memory into her pieces. Goetsch's work has appeared in numerous exhibitions throughout Wisconsin, Virginia, Maryland, Arizona, New York, Washington D.C. and British Columbia, Canada. She received her MFA and MA in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her BFA in Painting, with a minor in Printmaking from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.
Goetsch is a professional artist and educator in the Baltimore, Maryland area. She is Senior Adjunct Faculty in the Arts & Humanities Division at Howard Community College, teaching the courses "Three-Dimensional Art & Design", "Sculpture I", "Two-Dimensional Art & Design" and "Women, Art and Culture". As a community arts facilitator, she has worked with a variety of neighborhoods, schools and art centers within Baltimore City, including: City Arts, Better Waverly's 901 Arts, Jubilee Arts, Baltimore Public Schools, Access Art, Asylee Women Enterprise, and Creative Alliance at the Patterson.
Originally from Milwaukee, Goetsch served on the Riverwest Artists' Association board of directors for several years, working within their programming and gallery committees. She has served as a confidential advocate of survivors and witnesses for two domestic violence centers; Sojourner Family Peace Center (in conjunction with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office) and The House Of Ruth Maryland, where she completed a year-long, community artist residency through AmeriCorps.
Shana is the founder and director of a local, non-profit arts incubator, The Feminist Art Project - Baltimore, where she continues to use art as a vehicle for awareness, healing and advocacy.