Shawn “Simon” Ganther (born July 19, 1977) is an American contemporary painter and printmaker who emerged during the veteran artist movement. He served in the United States Air Force from 1998 to 2003 and was involved in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Northern Watch. Shawn is best known for his piece “The Thinker,” a 22”X30” charcoal drawing on paper. “The Thinker” was featured in the Veteran Artist Program Exhibit in the Pentagon from 2013-2014. Shawn’s work has been shown across the country and is include in numerous private collections including: Harvard University Art Library, Cornell University, Stanford University Libraries, and the Yale University Art Library. His work has been published in the 2014 anthology Warrior Writers: A Collection of Writing & Artwork by Veterans and in Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine. In 2015, Wild Turkey released a limited edition military label featuring Shawn’s artwork.
Shawn graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Media Production, and Studio Art. Since graduation, he has been an advocate for art therapy and self-expression as a means to treat PTSD.