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. Originally from southeastern Wisconsin, 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 (MICA), and her BFA in Painting, with a minor in Printmaking from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD).
Goetsch is an artist and educator in the Baltimore, Maryland area. She is currently Adjunct Faculty at MICA, teaching 'First Year Experience - FORUM', as well as being Senior Adjunct Faculty in the Arts & Humanities Division at Howard Community College, with courses in 'Three-Dimensional Art & Design', 'Sculpture I', 'Two-Dimensional Art & Design', 'Drawing I', 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 City Public Schools, Access Art, Asylee Women Enterprise, BSO OrchKids and Creative Alliance at the Patterson.
Goetsch 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 received her Level-1 Certified Trauma Practitioner (CTP) distinction through the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children in May of 2017. She is also the founding 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.