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Miya Hannan / Academic Faculty Promotion and Tenure

Current Rank: Assistant Professor     
Date of Current Rank: July 2016 
College/Department: College of Liberal Arts / Art

Reserach Statement
Studio Works
Artist's Statement



These projects are as important as my studio works for me to achieve my artistic goal, and I place as much time and effort on these projects as on solo exhibitions.

Patria Soli (socially engaged art project) 

Patria Soli (homeland soil) is a socially engaged art project for people who are not able to go back to their homeland at the end of their life. This project hand-delivers soil from one’s homeland to a person. I'm working in collaboration with Dr. Jillian Tullis, a health communication specialist. Our hope is that the simple gesture of this project will provide a conversation starter for necessary, otherwise difficult, communication between people and their family. Project website can be viewed at


The first two years were spent establishing the project, finding the collaborator, Professor Jillian Tullis at the University of San Diego, obtaining a soil shipping permit from the US Agriculture Department, applying for funding, and building social media and the website. In 2020, I received Scholarly and Creative Activities Grants from the College of Liberal Arts, the University of Nevada, Reno for this project. Along with the actual shipping of soil between people, the following are activities related to this project.


To Soil, From Soil (Patria Soli Workshop and Project), Reimagine NY: Life, Loss, and Love, June – July, 2020

Reimagine is an international nonprofit organization that inspires individuals, families, and communities to transform their experience around serious illness, dying, death, grieving, and living. Reimagine NY: Life, Loss, and Love was their worldwide large event. I was originally accepted to have an interactive solo exhibition in NY, but the event was turned into virtual because of COVID-19. Instead, I conducted this workshop project as a replacement of a solo exhibition. 

Patria Soli (radio interview)

Skagit Community Radio, interviewed by Ann Bodle-Nash, KSVR-FM, aired on Jan. 4, 2021, archived at <>

Comforting End if Life through Socially Engaged Project (conference presentation) 

Creating Space 11, Canadian Association for Health Humanities, April 16, 2021

Article by Lisa McDonald

Tintype photography project 

I made a series of tintypes using my own sculptures to make cards and zins for this Patria Soli  project. Tintypes were done with help of a photographer.

Three Poems Disrupting a Language (Artist’s Book Project with Brighton Press, San Diego, CA) 
Three Poems Disrupting a Language
Three Poems Disrupting a Language
Three Poems Disrupting a Language
Three Poems Disrupting a Language
Three Poems Disrupting a Language
Three Poems Disrupting a Language

Three poems by Bill Kelly; pochoirs, woodcuts, and translations by Miya Hannan on handmade papers from Twinrocker and the Morgan Conservatory. Hand-painted binding housed in a clamshell box covered in Japanese silk. Edition of 50. 


I was honored to be invited by Brighton Press, an established fine art press in San Diego, to collaborate and create a limited-edition artist’s book with them. The artist’s book I have been working on is a collaborative book with the poet/artist Bill Kelly. My part of the book was to translate his poems into Japanese and make images throughout the book. We produced the edition of 50 books. I hand painted every page of the 50 editions. So far, the book has been included in collections of 28 institutions including Getty Research Institute, Stanford University, and Harvard University. (Please see the complete list below.)

For more about the Brighton Press and the book, please visit


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)

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 of 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)

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