Ryan Shrum is a maker currently based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2014, he earned his BFA in Fiber from the Kansas City Art Institute. During the summer of 2013, Ryan spent three months at Ox-Bow School of the Arts in Saugatuck Michigan after being awarded the LeRoy Neiman Foundation Fellowship award through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. At KCAI, he began as a printmaking major but later chose to pursue new media and entered the Fiber department. This year will mark his second year as the Printmaking Studio Manager at Ox-Bow where he works alongside students and faculty; managing the shop as they produce works on paper. His work combines the production of image and concept inherent in printmaking, with the study of craft, technique and object based construction in relation to textile. He focuses on the phenomena dealing with the interaction of light, color, space, and aesthetics. Functionality is important to the artist in both the spaces and objects that he constructs.