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Sep., 2005 - May, 2007

Sep., 2001 - May, 2004

Jan., 1999 - May, 2001

Apr., 1987 - Mar, 1990

M.F.A., Studio Art, San Francisco Art Institute

B.A., Fine Art with Emphasis in Painting and Printmaking, San Diego State University

A.A., Fine Art, Mesa College, San Diego

B.S., Medical technology, Kyushu University, Japan

Solo Exhibitions (*tandem solo)

Sep. - Oct. 2021

Mar. - Aug. 2020

Dec. 2019

Nov. 2019

June 2019 

Dec. 2018 - Mar. 2019


Oct. 2018    
May - June 2018 



Feb. - Mar., 2018

Nov., 2017  


Mar - Apr. 2013  


Sep. - Dec. 2010    
Jan. - Feb. 2010    
Feb., 2009    
Mar. - Apr. 2008  

May, 2007    
Sep., 2007    
May, 2004

Aerial, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

*Rooted in Wonder, Marin Art and Garden Center, Ross, CA

Buried Relations, CSN Fine Art Gallery, Las Vegas, NV 

Layered upon Layers, Main Gallery, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV

Layered Stories Anderson Gallery, the Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA

Underfoot, Wiegand Gallery, Oats Park Art Center, Fallon, NV

      Read an article by Kris Vagner

​      Read a review by Josie Glassberg
Beneath My Feet, Western Illinois University Art Gallery, Macomb, IL
Linkages, ArtSpace, Richmond, VA

      Read an article by Talya Faggart

​      Read a review by David R. White
*Mirage, Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY 

Stories of Urns, 3 Square Art, Fort Collins, CO 
      Read an interview article by Javelyn Ramos
      Exhibition pictures by the gallery
Layers and Missing Links, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego, CA 
      Read an article by Cathy Breslaw
      Read an article by James Chute
Transitory Elements, Japanese Garden Exhibition Hall, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Connectivity, Hyde Gallery, Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA
Nature Connection, LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA
Circularity, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego, CA
      Read a review by Robert Pincus
Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
Momentum, Gallery 2, Ventura Collage, Ventura, CA
Apples and the Apple, Flor y Canto Gallery, San Diego, CA

Commission Work and Project

2018 - present

June 2020

2016 - 2019

Dec., 2012

Patria Soli, social practice project

To Soil, From Soil, Patria Soli social practice project, Reimagine NY: Life, Loss, and


Three Poems Disrupting a Language, Artist’s Book Project with Brighton Press, San Diego, CA (collections of 18 institutions including Getty Research Institute, Stanford University, and Harvard University)

Critical Mass, TEDxSanDiego, San Diego, CA

Selected Exhibitions (highlights) (*small group shows)

Aug. 2022    
April 2022    
March 2022    

Nov. 2021

Nov. 2021

Nov. 2021

Sep. 2020

Feb. - Aug. 2020

May 1019

Feb. 2018 - Feb. 2019    
June 2017- Oct. 2018 

July 2017  
June, 2017    
Aug. - Nov.,2016    

Apr., 2011    
Feb., 2011    
Apr., 2010    
Apr., 2010     


Aug. - Sep. 2009    
Sep. - Nov. 2007    
Nov., 2007    
Feb,. 2005    
May, 2003

We Are Reversal, MUSA PAVILION during 59th Biennale di Venezia 2022, Venice, Italy
Woman’s Essence Show 2022, Paris, France
Thirty-six Views of Japanese Art, The Lilley Museum of Art, Reno, NV

Skull, Sheppard Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV

Changwon Notional University International Exchange Exhibition, Chohyunwood Art Hall, Changwon National University Museum, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea

Pulse, HSH Interiors, Truckee, CA

Woman’s Essence Show 2020 in collaboration with UNESCO, headquarter of the UNESCO Center, Venice, Italy

Connections, Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Reno, NV

Woman’s Essence Show 2019, concomitant event with Official Pavilion of Bangladesh 58th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Zenobio, Venice, Italy

Figures of Speech, San Diego Airport Terminal 2, San Diego, CA 

Making a Mark, Nevada Arts Council Traveling Exhibition, NV 

Open Studio, Red Gate Residency, Beijing, China
My Body Your Body, Sierra Arts Foundations, Reno, NV 
*Caverna: Infinite Universe, HB Punto Experimental, San Diego, CA (three-person snow)
      Read an article by Miguel Gongora Jr.
Cut to from, Fine Art Gallery, the University of California, San Diego, CA
In to the woods, Sacred Heart Hall, the University of California, San Diego, CA
Unraveling Tradition, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM
Silence, Cunning and Exile, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA
      Read a review by JD Beltran
      Read a review by Gretchen Giles 
LA 2009, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Paper Cutes 3, Fetterly Gallery, Vallejo, CA
Artists Go Lightly, Temporary Autonomous Museum(s), San Francisco, CA
*Life Luggage, Everett Gee Jackson Gallery, San Diego, CA (three-person show)
Up and Coming, New Paintings, SDSU Community Gallery, San Diego, CA

Juried Exhibitions (highlights)

Jan. 2017    
Oct. - Nov., 2016    
Apr., 2007    
Jan. - Mar., 2007    
Feb. - Mar., 2007    
Dec., 2006    
Nov,. 2006    
May 2004    
May, 2004

2017-18 Fellowship Finalist Exhibition, Phoenix Gallry, New York, NY
Artist Statement, CICA Museum, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
15th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
Pro Arts’ Juried Annual 2007, Oakland, CA
Beyond Printmaking 2007, TTU School of Arts Landmark Arts, Lubbock, TX
Brand 35: Art on Paper, Association of Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, CA
Pacific Prints 2006, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
Ink Under Pressure, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
Emerging Printmakers L.A., Martha Gault Gallery, Slippery Rock University, PA


June-July 2022

June 2021 

July 2018

July 2017

Jentel Artist Residency, Banner, WY

Open Air Artist-in-Residence, Missoula, MT

Willapa Bay AiR Residency, Oysterville, WA

Red Gate Residency, Beijing, China

Conference Presentation 

June 2022

April 2021

“Building Bridges: Connecting our Communities to Palliative Care,” San Diego’s Fifth Annual Professional Palliative Care Conference, San Diego Coalition for Compassionate Care 

“Comforting End if Life through Socially Engaged Project,” Creating Space 11, Canadian Association for Health Humanities

Reviews, Articles, and Interviews

Feb 2022

Oct 2020


Sep 2020


May 2020

May 2019


Feb. 2019

Jan. 2019


June, 2018

May, 2018


Nov., 2017

Sep., 2016

Apr., 2013

March, 2013

July, 2010

July, 2010

Apr., 2008

Samsoe, Stoney. “Conversation with Miya Hannan.” Open Air, Missoula, MT. Read

McDonald, Lisa. “Visiting homeland one more time now made possible through Patria Soli project.” NEVADA Today. October 22, 2020. Read

Di Trapani, Laura Francesca. “Woman’s Essence: The Women in the Contemporary Art.” September, 2020. Page 119. Musa International Art Space, Rome, Italy. Read

Naskar, Sudhiti. "Common Ground is Closer Than You Think." Double Scoop, May 11, 2020. Read

Di Trapani, Laura Francesca. “Woman’s Essence: The Women in the Contemporary Art.” May, 2019. Page 39. Musa International Art Space, Venice, Italy. Read

Vagner, Kris. "At Peace." RN&N, February 21, 2019. Read

Glassberg, Josie. "Matching Picture: 'The Story of the Sphenoid Bones'." Double Scoop, January 19, 2019. Read

White, David R., “Reverance.” ArtSpace, Jane 10. Read

Taggart Talya. “Artist Miya Hannan Explores Japanese Death Rituals & More in Artspace Exhibit, ‘Linkages’.” RVA Magazine, May 24, 2018. Read

Ramos, Javelyn. “Voices from materials: Japanese artist Miya Hannan on death – in conversation.” Art Radar, November 12, 2017. Read

Gongora Jr, Miguel. “Tension Through Space. Caverna: Infinite Universe,” September 24, 2016. Read

Breslaw, Cathy. “ArtSecene: The Monthly Digest to Art in Southern California,” April, 2013, Vol. 32, No. 8, p. 26. Read

Chute, James. “Miya Hannan: ‘Layers and Missing Links’.” The San Diego Union Tribune, Arts and Culture, March 24, 2013, p. E2. Read

Beltran, JD. “Silence, Exile, and Cunning.” San Francisco Chronicle, City Bright, July 21, 2010 ,http://www.sfgate.comRead

Giles, Gretchen. “Guessing Games: ‘Silence, Exile, and Cunning’ assigns roles at the SVMA.” Bohemian, April 28 – May 4, 2010, Vol. 31.50 .Tribune, Night & Day, April 17, 2008, p. 25. Read

Pincus, Robert L. “Miya Hannan: Circularity’ is a Solid Debut.” The San Diego Union
Tribune, Night & Day, April 17, 2008, p. 25. Read

Media Interview 

June, 2021

Skagit Community Radio, interviewed by Ann Bodle-Nash, KSVR-FM, aired on Jan. 4, archived at <>

Publication Notices

July, 2018

Jan. 2017

Feb. 2017

Spotlight, Issue 9, Circle Foundation, France, p.39.

ArtMaze Mag, Issue #1, 2017, New York and the United Kingdom, p. 84-85.

Artists Statement #1, CICA Press, Korea, p. 22-23.

Exhibition and Project Catalogs

May, 2018

June, 2017

May, 2017

Brighton Press 2018 Catalog, Brighton Press, San Diego, CA.

Marking a Mark, Nevada Arts Council, Carson City, NV.

Brighton Press 2017 Catalog, Brighton Press, San Diego, CA.


April, 2020

April, 2020

June, 2018

April, 2018

Nov., 2017

May, 2017

May, 2017

Global Studies Research Grants, Ozmen Institute for Global Studies, the University of Nevada, Reno

Scholarly and Creative Activities Grants, College of Liberal Arts, the University of Nevada, Reno

Nevada Art Council Jackpot Grant, Carson City, NV

Sierra Arts Foundation Artist Grant, Reno, NV

Faculty Research Travel Grant for CLA and RSJ, Research and Innovation, the University of Nevada, Reno

Scholarly and Creative Activities Grants, College of Liberal Arts, the University of Nevada, Reno

International Activities Grant, Office of the Provost, the University of Nevada, Reno

Professional Honors, Awards, and Prizes

April, 2020

May, 2019

May, 2019

Nov., 2007    
May, 2007    
Dec., 2006    
May, 2004

WAA Woman Art Award 2020 and Official Certificate of participation, UNESCO, Bologna, Italy

WAA Woman Art Award 2019, Venice, Italy
Distinguished Alumni Award, Mesa College, San Diego, CA

Third Place, Art Interview, Germany

Honorable Mention, Art Interview, Germany

Bonese Collins Turner Award, Brand 35, Glendale, CA

First Prize, LA Printmaking Society, Los Angeles, CA

Academic Honors, Awards, and Prizes

Sep., 2005 - May, 2007   
Sep., 2001 - May, 2004    
Feb., 2004    
Jan., 1999 - May, 2001    
May, 2001

MFA Fellowship, San Francisco Art Institute, CA

Summa Cum Laude, San Diego State University, CA

The SDSU Provost’s Award, San Diego State University, CA

Dean’s Honor List, Mesa College, San Diego, CA

Mesa College Scholarship Award, Mesa College, San Diego, CA


Amherst College, Amherst, MA (2019)
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (2017)
Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH (2017)

Columbia University, New York, NY (2017)
Duke University, Durham, NC (2019)
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA (2017)

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2017)
Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN (2017)
Library of Congress, Washington, DC (2019)
R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA (2008)
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (2004, 2018)

Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA (2018)

Stanford University, Stanford, CA (2017)
Smith College, Northampton, MA (2018)
University of California, Berkeley, CA (2020)
University of California, Riverside, CA (2019)

University of California, San Diego, CA (2017)

University of Delaware, Newark, DE (2018)
University of Denver, Denver, CO (2017)
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (2017)
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (2017)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (2017)

University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (2020)

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (2018)

University fo Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (2020)

University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (2019)

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (2017)

Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA (2017)

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT (2017)

Visiting Artist Lecture

Feb. 2020 
Feb. 2020 
Nov. 2019 
July 2019 
Dec. 2018 
Oct. 2018 
June 2018 
Nov. 2017
July 2017 
Oct. 2016 
Nov. 2013 
Apr. 2008 
Sep. 2007

Visiting Artist Talk, College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV 
Exhibition Artist Talk, College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV 
Visiting Artist Talk, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV 
Exhibition Artist Talk, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA 
Exhibition Opening Talk, Oats Park Art Center, Fallon, NV 
Exhibition Opening Talk, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 
Exhibition Closing Talk, ArtSpace, Richmond, VA
Exhibition Opening Talk, 3 Square Art, Fort Collins, CO
Visiting Artist Talk, United State Embassy, Beijing, China
Exhibition Opening Talk, HB Punto Experimental, San Diego, CA 
Visiting Artist Talk, University of San Diego, CA
Visiting Artist Talk, Grossmont College, San Diego, CA 
Exhibition Opening Talk, Ventura College, Ventura, CA

Teaching Experience

July., 2016 - Present

Jan 2016 - May. 2016

Jan. 2009 - Dec. 2015

Jan. 2008 - Dec.2015 

Jan. 2006 - May 2007

Assistant Professor, the University of Nevada, Reno, NV

Instructor, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA

Instructor, Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA

Lecturer, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA

Teaching Assistant, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

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