Assistant Professor and Gallery Director for the Department of Art
Ms. Hannah Israel
BFA - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
MFA - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Hannah Israel has been appointed to the newly created position of Gallery Director for the Department of Art. Ms. Israel received her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her Bachelors Degree in Art History at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Prior to moving here, Ms. Israel worked at The International Studio and Curatorial Program and James Cohan Gallery in New York City. She has curated several group exhibitions, exhibited her own work nationally and worked on collaborative projects with other artists. Hannah Israel received The Elizabeth Art Foundation Studio Arts Grant, The Daedalus Art Foundation Grant, and The Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship.
My recent works consider the playful seduction that we find in nature in relation to the sublime. Kant's Theory of the sublime is about the idea of transcendence: of the everyday, the transient, and the sensual. It represents the redemptive capacity of human understanding. This idea reminds me of immediate events that happen in our surroundings, for example, a growth of mushroom and fungus on the side of a tree, the soft covered moss rocks on the side of the mountain or a flock of birds in migration. This fleeting vision leaves the viewer with a cathartic awareness of their surroundings, a sense of pleasure and a passing concern about our world.
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