Shawn HibmaCronan creates large-scale sculptures intended to engage viewers, activate the surrounding environment, and spark conversation. Often created from wood, steel, and objects with story, his work aims to embrace traditional and contemporary methods of making. Craftsmanship is critical in his work as no material is disguised and no mechanism is hidden; the resulting forms are honest, tangible, and iconic.
HibmaCronan's work has been featured in Oakland Magazine, ABC7 News, SFist.com, Woodwork Magazine, Multilingual Magazine, Glance Magazine, and Craftzine. HibmaCronan has exhibited in galleries and institutions including a solo exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California, The San Francisco International Airport, The Basement Gallery, Sonoma State University, California Shakespeare Theater, and The Crucible's Cathedral Gallery. In 2011 he was a speaker at the 24th Annual Creative Summit Design Conference in San Marcos Texas. Since graduating from CCA with a degree in Sculpture and Furniture, HibmaCronan has mentored students at the California College of the Arts and taught woodworking the Crucible Arts Center.
He has received multiple public and private commissions including large scale and site-specific works. His work resides in corporate and private collections including The North Face, Inc., Hyper Arts, and has two pieces in the collection of Compass Books Inc., both on permanent view at the San Francisco International Airport in terminals 2 and 3.
HibmaCronan has participated in multiple artist-in-residence programs such as Autodesk's Pier 9 Workshop, The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) We/Customize, and was an artist-in-residence for a show titled "Out of Hand/Hands On" at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in New York City.
In 2012 HibmaCronan launched an ongoing multi-year sculpture project titled Love, Inertia, and the Pursuit of the Perfect Stance. The project focuses on the effort to transform a1963 Ford Falcon Deluxe Clubwagon into a fully reengineered and completely customized “street legal” sculpture and art space that highlights the fascination of popular American car culture.