Hanna Washburn

Artist Profile

Hanna Washburn

Hanna Washburn is an artist and curator based in the Hudson Valley. Washburn has exhibited widely, presenting projects at venues including SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, and the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, among others. Washburn’s work has been featured in publications including the New York Times, Hyperallergic, and Queens Chronicle. Washburn has been artist in residence at Monson Arts, Vermont Studio Center, the Textile Arts Center, and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Colony.

Washburn holds a BA in Fine Art and English from Kenyon College in Gambier, OH, and an MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY.



2022   Borrowed Bones, Beacon Artist Union, Beacon, NY (solo)
2020   Homebody, The James Library and Center for the Arts, Norwell, MA (solo)
2018   Hanna Washburn + Pierre Chaumont, Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, Utica, NY (2 person)
2018   Affordable Art Fair Young Talent: Hanna Washburn, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY (solo)


2022   Green House, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY
2022   NADA New York, New Art Dealers Alliance, New York, NY
2022   Museum Workers Create, King Manor Museum, Queens, NY
2022   Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY
2022   Life as Clouds, String Room Gallery, Wells College, Aurora, NY

2021   The Haunted Mill, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY
2021   Blessed Bodies, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY
2021   The Fridge Show, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
2021   Women’s Work: New Takes on Textile Art, Elm Street Arts - Reeves House, Atlanta, GA
2021   Sunrise Sunset, Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany, NY
2021   The Vision of Care, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Woodstock, NY

2020   Let the Good Times Roll, ArtPort Kingston, Kingston, NY
2020   Infinite Uncertainty, Opalka Gallery, Russell Sage College, Albany, NY
2020   The Feminine Agenda, WomensWork.Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY
2020   Everything is Different Now, Stay Home Gallery, Paris, TN
2020   Settle In, HERE Arts, New York, NY

2019   Inalienable, Chashama at 21 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY
2019   The Chair Show, ArtsWestchester, White Plains, NY
2019   Every Woman Biennial, La MaMa Galleria, New York, NY
2019   Bloom, Millersville University, Millersville, PA

2018   Ladies of Change, Chinatown Soup, New York, NY
2018   Object Lessons, Pfizer Building, Brooklyn, NY
2018   Representing Feminism(s), Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH
2018   Textile Landscapes, Sulfur Studios, Savannah, GA
2017   Vital Constitutions, Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, Houston, TX
2016   Transformations, Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York, NY


2021   Albany Institute of History & Art Board of Trustees Award, Albany, NY
2020   Residency at Monson Arts, Monson, ME
2019   United Breast Cancer Foundation x Chashama Artist Grant, New York, NY
2019   Residency at the Society of Arts + Crafts, Boston, MA
2019   Residency at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2018   Residency at Art Farm, Marquette, NE
2018   Work in Progress Residency at Textile Arts Center, New York, NY
2018   Residency at Byrdcliffe Colony, Woodstock, NY


2022   Queens Chronicle, The Museum is the Muse, the Curator is the Artist
2021   Hyperallergic, The Wonderfully Messy Mix of Art and Craft at Spring Break
2021   The Highlands Current, Inside the Box: Collective Curates Fridge-Inspired Show
2021   The Coastal Post, Remote Studio Visit: Hanna Washburn
2020   Brooklyn Art Library, Beyond the Page: Hanna Washburn
2018   Visual Arts Journal, Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose
2018   The New York Times, 23 Exhibitions to View in NYC


2018   School of Visual Arts, New York, NY • Master of Fine Arts in Fine Arts
2014   Kenyon College, Gambier, OH • Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and English, Magna Cum Laude

Artist Statement

My work is constructed from recycled textiles, clothing, household items, and other materials that have former utilities and associations. I sew by hand and work intuitively, allowing the compounded forms to grow organically into complex aggregates of color, pattern, and texture. I know my materials from their previous lives and functions, and this memory and intimacy dictates my visual language.

The resulting sculptures look and behave like bodies or body parts: they droop, gesture, and hold space. These mismatched, anthropomorphic figures are at once modest, maternal, and seductive, creating a patchwork of associations and expectations of the feminine form. The strange or unsettling forms are mediated by their apparent sweetness, the cheerful patterned surfaces acting as a kind of camouflage. The undulating silhouettes indicate they are growing and changing: adding layers, extending into space, making room for themselves.

Headshot Credit: Ally Schmaling