Welcome! For a formal introduction, see my professional bio at the bottom of this page. On a more personal note, the joys of my professional work are making, curating and teaching art (my teaching blog can be found here). I love beginnings; blank canvases, large sheets of heavy-weight paper, empty galleries and new semesters. Watching students develop as artists is a delight of my job and always inspiring. My personal loves are family, yoga, art museums, running (sort of), chocolate, coffee, and the parks of Door County, where I live. Favorite spaces are home, the studio and my yoga mat.
My art explores interdependent structures, ecosystems and communities. I’m currently making a series of drawings that investigates the harmony, friction and interdependence of all things as well as relationships between artifice, wilderness, vast space and deep time. Primary influences include observation of the natural world, references from antique charts, fabrics and celestial maps, as well as visual and mathematical patterns.
Shan Bryan-Hanson is an artist and curator of the galleries at St. Norbert College, where she also teaches painting. She has an M.F.A. from the University of Montana and her paintings have been funded by the Percent for Art Program of the State of Montana, Direct Purchase Program of the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Peninsula Arts Association. Her curatorial and museum work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Creation and Presentation Program of the Wisconsin Arts Board and the American Alliance of Museums.
Her art is in both private and public collections and has been exhibited in regional and national exhibitions. She is represented by Cappaert Contemporary Gallery in Egg Harbor, WI. She lives in Door County, WI.