Hannah Israel

The Line & Chance Focus Fellowship

Hannah Israel

Hannah Israel is the 2016 recipient of The Line & Chance Focus Fellowship.  This award residency supports an artist using drawing as a dynamic medium for experimentation.


About Hannah

Israel draws beauty out of tangible and intangible materials, as a poetic gesture that reflects the fragility of the world. Without a specific reference point, She investigates line, volume, texture, shape, and form that imbues a sense of intuition and informs a deep intellectual curiosity. Language, spatial relationship, and scale are also central concern in her work.

Israel is interested in using information as a form of abstraction.  The nature of her work maps the relationships of our existence by illustrating how fragile time can be and how predictable our experiences can be based on the temperament of the world around us. Influenced by process art, she creates art that resemble subsets of sorting, gathering, tearing, cutting, and patterning.  

Hannah Israel lives and works at Columbus, GA, USA.  She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her work is across various interests including sculpture, installation, video, and mark making.

Israel has exhibited her work at the High Museum of Art, Zuckerman Museum of Art, The Vargas Museum of Art in the Philippines, Museum of Contemporary Art in Honolulu, I-Space in Chicago, the Krannert Art Museum, among others.  Hannah Israel has received the Daedalus Art Grant (NYC), the Creative and Performance Art Fellowship at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, IL and the Artist Fellowship at Cornell University, NY among others. She has also curated numerous solo and group exhibition.  Her works are collected in museums and private collection. 

Currently her work has been accepted in the Flat Files of the Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn. Hannah will also have a solo exhibition at the Brenau University Museum in Gainesville, GA in August of 2016 as well as a curatorial project titled, Methodologies, at the Madelon Arts Gallery, East Stroudsburg University, PA, October of 2016.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Art and the Gallery Director at Columbus State University in Georgia. 


AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.