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Shayna Allen was born in 1997 in Colorado Springs, CO. In 2005 Allen moved to Craig, CO, a rural town on the Western Slope of Colorado. It was growing up primarily in rural Colorado that sparked her love of the outdoors. Allen grew up white water rafting, camping, hiking, and fishing. Allen graduated from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado in 2020 with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in both K-12 Art Education and Studio Art with an emphasis in sculpture. It was at Colorado Mesa University that she discovered her love of mold making and metal casting. Allen is a formalist, abstract sculptor working in primarily cast iron and bronze.