Miya Hannan’s sculptures, installations, and drawings show her view of the world that is constructed by the layers and linkages of human lives and histories. Her practice is influenced by Asian death philosophy and rituals, as well as by her scientific education. Hannan’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in the United States and abroad. She received Nevada Art Council Jackpot Grant and Sierra Arts Foundation Artist Grant in 2018. She was awarded the Willapa Bay AiR Residency, Oysterville, WA in 2018 and attended the Red Gate Residency in Beijing, China in 2017. Hannan was awarded an M.F.A. Fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute where she received her M.F.A. in 2007. Before coming to the United States, she received a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the school of health sciences, Kyushu University and worked for a hospital for seven years in her native country, Japan. She is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Rooted in Wonder: Frances McCormack & Miya Hannan
Frances McCormack is a veteran Bay Area painter. She is the recipient of an Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome and her numerous shows have won many critical reviews in the press. In addition McCormack serves as Professor Emerita at the San Francisco Art Institute. She created videos for the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and curated the exhibition “Silence, Exile and Cunning” at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.