May 8, 2006
Hanna Hannah awarded Rydell Visual Arts
By Scott Rappaport
Art lecturer Hanna Hannah has been selected for a Rydell Visual
Arts Fellowship for 2007. She is one of four local visual artists
who will receive $20,000 grants from the Community Foundation
of Santa Cruz County in 2006-07 as the first recipients of the
Hanna Hannah takes images from
news photos taken in war situations and recreates them
on rice-paper scrolls.
Developed by the Community Foundation with input from the local
arts community, the new award was created to honor the wishes
of Roy and Frances Rydell, both lifelong advocates of the arts.
They established the Roy and Frances Rydell Visual Arts Fund
at the foundation in 1985 to promote Santa Cruz County artists
and arts organizations.
A panel of three nationally recognized arts professionals judged
the artists' works to select the fellowship recipients. The
panel members were Courtney Fink, executive director, Southern
Exposure Gallery, San Francisco; Rita Gonzalez, assistant curator
and special assistant to the deputy director at the Center for
Art of the Americas, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and James
Benson, associate director and chief curator of The Contemporary
Museum in Honolulu.
Hannah has exhibited since the late 1970s, and her solo exhibits
include the Schmidt/Dean in Philadelphia; Braunstein Gallery,
San Francisco; and Miami University Art Museum, Ohio. Hannah's
group shows include the Palo Alto Art Center History's Mirror;
éf Gallery, Tokyo, Collapsing Histories; Geoffrey Young
Gallery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, For the Birds; Philadelphia
Art Alliance, Articles of Faith; and Las Vegas Art Museum, Works
Hannah's work can be found in collections at the Miami University
Museum, Oxford, OH; Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz; and
the Palace of the Legion of Honor (Achenbach Foundation), San
Francisco. Her art has been covered in various publications,
including Artforum magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer,
San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Oakland Tribune,
and Artweek. Hannah has an M.A. in French studies from
Tufts University, and an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute.