Nola Hanson (b. 1991, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an 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 started boxing at the New Bed Stuy Boxing Center, a community-run gym in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, where they continue to train. In 2017 they founded Trans Boxing, an experimental boxing club and collaborative art projects that centers trans and gender variant participants.
Nola's practice includes independent work and collaborative socially engaged projects, and has been shown in New York (Art in Odd Places, CUE Art Foundation, On Air Fest), Chicago (ACRE Projects, EXPLODE! queer dance: Midwest) Portland (Assembly), San Francisco (Heavy Breathing, SFAI) and Milwaukee. Nola is currently an MFA candidate in the Art and Social Practice program at Portland State University, and is More Art's 2020 Artist in Residence.
MFA, Contemporary Art Practices: Art and Social Practice. Portland State University (in progress).
BFA, Painting and Drawing, Art History and Criticism Minor. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
PROJECTS, PERFORMANCES, AND LECTURES (SOLO AND COLLABORATIVE)
How To Explain Belief, presented by Heavy Breathing. Performance-Lecture and Workshop. SFAI,
San Francisco, CA.
Discipline and Healing: Boxing, Trauma, and Embodied Critique. Collaboration with Hill Donnell. Performance. CUE Art Foundation. New York, NY.
Training Performance. Collaboration with Marcela Torres. Performance. 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.
Drill Meditations. Collaboration with Nicky Smith. On Air Fest. Performance. Wythe Hotel. Brooklyn, NY.
How To Take Care. Collaboration with Luan Sherman. Body | Armor, ACRE Gallery. Performance.
Trans Boxing. Founder + Director. New York, NY.
Golden Gloves. Performance. Daily News Golden Glove Semi- Finals, 112 Pound Female Division. Glen Cove High School. Glen Cove, NY.
Five Shoeshines. Art in Odd Places: RACE. Public Art Festival. Collaborative Public Performance.
New York, NY.
BFA Thesis Exhibition. Group Exhibition. Arts Center Gallery. Milwaukee, WI.
Best of Sculpture. Group Exhibition. Kennilworth Gallery. Milwaukee, WI.
Foundations XI: Ecology/Ecologies. Group Exhibition. Union Art Gallery. Milwaukee, WI.
ART 103: TIME. Teaching Assistant. Takahiro Yamamoto. Portland State University. Spring 2019.
Global Milwaukee. Project Assistant. Dr. Shelleen Greene. University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Fall 2013. Milwaukee, WI.
Amanda Feinman, “Trans Boxing Collective Is a Safe Space for Throwing Punches”. Bedford + Bowery.
“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.
Mason Mercer, "Visiting Bushwick's First Exclusively Transgender Boxing Class". Bushwick Daily. October 31, 2017
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
More Art Engaging Artist Residency. New York, NY.
Heavy Breathing. Oakland, CA.
Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Jury Commendation. Portland State University. Portland, OR.
NYC Pride 2018 Community Grant Recipient. New York, NY.
More Art Engaging Artist Fellowship. New York, NY.
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.
Wisconsin Higher Education Grant. Milwaukee, WI.
University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Art Department Scholarship. Milwaukee, WI.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Academic Competitiveness Grant. Milwaukee, WI.