Nola Hanson (b. 1991, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is trans artist whose practice centers the role of embodiment in contemporary social systems. Nola received their BFA in Painting and Art Criticism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2014. In 2015, they began training as an amateur boxer, and in 2017 they founded Trans Boxing, an artist-initiated boxing club that prioritizes the participation of people who are underserved in mainstream boxing. 

 

Nola's practice includes independent work and collaborative socially engaged projects, and has been shown in New York, Chicago, Portland, and Milwaukee. Nola is currently an MFA candidate in the Art and Social Practice program at Portland State University. 

e-mail: nola@transboxing.org 

phone: 414-403-4936 

EDUCATION

2021    

MFA, Contemporary Art Practices: Art and Social Practice. Portland State University (in progress). Portland, OR. 

 

2014              

BFA, Painting and Drawing, Art History and Criticism Minor.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Milwaukee, WI. 

 

EXHIBITIONS, PERFORMANCES, AND PROJECTS (SOLO AND COLLABORATIVE) 

2019     

Training Performance. Collaboration with Marcela Torres. EXPLODE! queer dance: Midwest. Northwestern University. Chicago, IL. 

          

Conscious Contact. Collaboration with James Hanley and Tia Kramer. Assembly. Public Participatory Performance. Mt. Scott Community Center. Portland, OR.

 

2018               

Drill Meditations. Collaboration with Nicky Smith. On Air Fest. Performance. Wythe Hotel. Brooklyn, New York. Body | Armor. Acre Gallery. Performance. Chicago, IL. ​

How To Take Care. Collaboration with Luan Sherman. ACRE Gallery. Performance. Chicago, IL. 
 

2017- 

Trans Boxing. Founder/Lead Artist. New York, NY. 

 

2016     

Five Shoeshines. Art in Odd Places: RACE. Public Art Festival. Collaborative Public Performance.14th Street. New York, NY.

2014         

BFA Thesis Exhibition. Group Exhibition. Arts Center Gallery. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

Best of Sculpture. Group Exhibition. Kennilworth Gallery. Milwaukee, WI.

 

2010          

Foundations XI: Ecology/Ecologies. Group Exhibition. Union Art Gallery. Milwaukee, WI.

FIGHTS

2017             

Daily News Golden Gloves, Semi- Finals. Glen Cove High School. March 2017. Glen Cove, NY. 

 

2016              

NYPD Boxing, Brooklyn Smoker. Coney Island Boardwalk. August 2016. Brooklyn, NY. 

TEACHING

2019             

ART 103: TIME. Teaching Assistant. Takahiro Yamamoto. Portland State University. Spring 2019. Portland, OR.              

 

2013

Global Milwaukee, Project Assistant. Dr. Shelleen Greene. University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Fall 2013. Milwaukee, WI. 

 

 

SELECT PRESS 

2019               

Amanda Feinman, “Trans Boxing Collective Is a Safe Space for Throwing Punches”. Bedford + Bowery.
February 22. 

 

2018               

“Bent on Rolemodelin’: The Trans Boxing Collective”. El Champ. October 28, 2018.

 

Teresa Mathew, “This Boxing Club Helps Trans People Embrace Their Bodies”. Buzzfeed. April 11, 2018.

 

Margaret Carrigan, "Experimental Sound Makers and Podcasters Unite at Brooklyn's On Air Fest". The Observer. February 28, 2018. 


2017               

Mason Mercer, "Visiting Bushwick's First Exclusively Transgender Boxing Class". Bushwick Daily. October 31, 2017 

 

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES 

2019 

Heavy Breathing. Oakland, California. 
 

2019               

Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Jury Commendation. Portland State University. Portland, OR. 

                       
2018               

NYC Pride 2018 Community Grant Recipient. New York City, NY. 


2018               

More Art Engaging Artist Fellowship 

 

Schnitzer Art and Design Scholarship. Portland State University. Portland, OR. 

College of the Arts Scholarship. Portland State University. Portland, OR. 

 

On Air Fest Artist-In-Residence. Brooklyn, NY. 

 

2014               

Wisconsin Higher Education Grant. Milwaukee, WI.                                      

 

2013                

University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Art Department Scholarship. Milwaukee, WI. 

 

2009-2011      

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Academic Competitiveness Grant. Milwaukee, WI.