Nola Hanson is an artist based in New York City. Their practice includes independent work as well as 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), and San Francisco (Heavy Breathing, SFAI). Nola is the founder of Trans Boxing, an art project in the form of a boxing club that centers trans and gender variant people. They are an MFA candidate in the Art and Social Practice program at Portland State University, and the 2020 Artist-in-Residence at More Art, an NYC non-profit organization that supports public art projects.
MFA, Contemporary Art Practices: Art and Social Practice. Portland State University, Portland, OR, Spring 2021.
BFA, Painting and Drawing, Art History and Criticism Minor. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, Spring 2014.
PROJECTS / PERFORMANCES (SOLO AND COLLABORATIVE)
An Effort to Defend, Wave Pool, Cincinnati, OH, August 2020.
Exercises, More Art, New York, NY, May 2020. (in progress)
Training Performance, with Marcela Torres. EXPLODE! queer dance: Midwest, Chicago, IL, August 2019.
Conscious Contact, with James Hanley and Tia Kramer. Assembly, Portland, OR, June 2019.
Drill Meditations, with Nicky Smith. On Air Fest, Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn, NY, March 2018.
How to Take Care, with Luan Sherman. Body | Armor, ACRE Gallery, Chicago, IL, February 2018.
Trans Boxing, New York, NY, July 2017. (ongoing)
Golden Gloves, with Jewel Lambert. Glen Cove High School, Glen Cove, NY, March 2017.
Five Shoeshines (This is Not a Race), Art in Odd Places, New York, NY, June 2016.
Bryant Park Shoeshine, New York, NY, March 2016.
LECTURES / WORKSHOPS
Trans Boxing Workshop, Assembly 2020, Portland State University Art and Social Practice. Spring 2020.
Guest Lecturer, Art 103: Time, Portland State University, Portland, OR, Spring 2020.
Visiting Artist, Introduction to Performance, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Spring 2020.
How to Explain Belief, presented by Heavy Breathing; San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.
Discipline and Healing: Boxing, Trauma, and Embodied Critique, with Hill Donnell; CUE Art Foundation,
New York, NY. December 2019.
BFA Thesis Exhibition, Group Exhibition. Arts Center Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, May 2014.
Best of Sculpture, Group Exhibition. Kenilworth Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, January 2014.
Foundations XI: Ecology/Ecologies, Group Exhibition. Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, May 2010.
Art 103: Time, Teaching Assistant, Brittney Connelly, Portland State University; Portland, OR. Spring 2020.
Art 103: Time, Teaching Assistant, Takahiro Yamamoto, Portland State University; Portland, OR. Spring 2019.
Art 497/597: History of Social Practice Art, Teaching Assistant, Ariana Jacobs, Portland State University; Portland, OR. Fall 2019.
Global Milwaukee, Project Assistant, Dr. Shelleen Greene, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Milwaukee, WI. Fall 2013.
Wave Pool Artist in Residence; Cincinnati, OH, August 2020.
More Art Engaging Artist Residency; New York, NY, 2020- 2021.
Heavy Breathing; San Francisco, CA, February 2021.
Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Jury Commendation; Portland State University, Portland, OR, 2019.
NYC Pride Community Grant Recipient; New York, NY, 2018-2019,
More Art Engaging Artist Fellowship; New York, NY, June 2018- December 2019.
Schnitzer Art and Design Scholarship. Portland State University; Portland, OR, 2018-2019.
On Air Fest Artist-In-Residence; Brooklyn, NY, March 2018.
Wisconsin Higher Education Grant; Milwaukee, WI, 2013.
University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Art Department Scholarship; Milwaukee, WI, 2013.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Academic Competitiveness Grant; Milwaukee, WI, 2009-2011
PRESS / PUBLICATIONS
"Brooklynite Nola Hanson Brings Trans Boxing to Cincinnati via Camp Washington's Wave Pool", CityBeat, August 2020.
“Trans Boxing”, PSU Art + Social Practice: Assembly, June 2020.
“Trans Boxing Conceptual Exercises”, The Social Forms of Art Journal, Issue 5: Pedagogy. June 2020.
“I Remember Well: Recreation and Spiritual Striving”, The Social Forms of Art Journal, Issue 3: Recreation. June 2019.
“Trans Boxing Collective is a Safe Space for Throwing Punches”, Bedford + Bowery, February 2019.
“Bent on Rolemodelin’: The Trans Boxing Collective”, El Champ, October 2018.
“This Boxing Club Helps Trans People Embrace Their Bodies”, Buzzfeed, April 2018.
"Experimental Sound Makers and Podcasters Unite at Brooklyn's On Air Fest", The Observer, February 2018.
“Transgender Boxing Class Breaks Barriers in Brooklyn”, News 12 Brooklyn, December 2017.
"Visiting Bushwick's First Exclusively Transgender Boxing Class”, Bushwick Daily, October, 2017.