Diane Hanson, originally from West Concord, MN, graduated from the Minnesota Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, MN. She earned a BFA in painting from Boston University School for the Arts in Boston, MA and an MFA in painting and printmaking from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Previous awards include Best in Show for Forum 35’s 2010 Art Melt, Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, Fulbright Grant (Miguel Viciguerra Grant) and Travel Grant to Italy, Artist Assistance Fellowship Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Leo Chestler Contemporary Visual Arts Award, a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, and a residency at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Ms. Hanson was a juried artist at the ArtCenter/ South Florida in Miami Beach from 2004-2006. Ms. Hanson currently lives and works in Miami, FL and is a resident artist at the Bakehouse Art Complex.
Photograph by Tim Mueller
Diane Hanson was born into a family of farmers in rural southern Minnesota.
Her artistic ability was evident from an early age. Ms. Hanson exhibited
extensively throughout her childhood at many art competitions around the
state. At the age of sixteen she was accepted to the Arts High School
(now the Perpich Center for the Arts) in Golden Valley, MN. Having
relocated to Minneapolis in order to attend the Arts High School,
Ms. Hanson was exposed to a wider range of artistic influences including
summer studio classes at the Atelier, Studio Program of Fine Art.
Following the arts high school Hanson was accepted to the Boston University
School for the Arts (now the College of Fine Arts.) Ms. Hanson chose
BU for its renowned painting faculty and its location on the east coast. While
at Boston University Ms. Hanson studied with both Alfred Leslie and John
Walker. Ms. Hanson became financially independent at age 19 and earned her
education through scholarships and working as a security guard at the
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Shortly after graduating she was awarded
a full fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.
Following her time in New England, Ms. Hanson moved to Dallas, TX in
order to accept a graduate teaching assistantship at Southern Methodist
University Meadows School of the Arts. While completing her MFA,
Hanson was invited to serve as a teaching assistant for the SMU in
Italy summer program. Upon completing her MFA, Ms. Hanson was
awarded the Miguel Vinciguerra Fund Grant and Fulbright Travel Grant
to study and work in Italy.
While in Italy, Ms. Hanson had critiques with the printmaker Mario
Teleri-Biason. She also used Teleri-Biason's print shop in order to
create the many intaglio prints that she executed during her
extensive travels throughout Italy.
After leaving Rome, Ms. Hanson returned briefly to Minnesota to
accept a residency at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
in Red Wing Minnesota. She was also awarded a Minnesota State Arts
Board Artist Assistance Fellowship Grant.
Shortly after returning to Minnesota, Ms. Hanson moved to Miami, FL
where she became a juried artist at the ArtCenter South Florida. In
2004 she was awarded the Leo Chestler Contemporary Visual Art Award.
In 2007 Ms. Hanson moved to Baton Rouge, LA and became a member
of the Baton Rouge Gallery. In 2010 she won Best in Show for Forum 35's
Art Melt and in 2009 she was awarded Art Melt's Brunner Award. In 2013
she moved back to Miami, FL with her husband Gabriel Beavers, professor
of bassoon at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. In 2014
Ms. Hanson was juried into the Bakehouse Arts Complex in the Wynwood
Arts District in Miami, FL.
Ms. Hanson's artwork is included in numerous private collections throughout
the United States, Italy, France, and Portugal. A list of Diane Hanson's
exhibitions and other professional experience can be found on her resume.
She currently resides in Miami, FL and works in her studio at the
Bakehouse Arts Complex.
Diane's painting of her studio at Boston University.
Diane working in Mario Teleri Biason's printshop in Rome, Italy.
Diane working in her studio in Baton Rouge, LA.