Hannah K Freeman
Teaching Assistant Professor, Painting
Hannah graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2013 Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and a minor in 2D Studio Art. She continued at EIU to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Studio Art, specializing in Painting. After earning her MA degree, she was the Instructor of Graphic Design in the Department of Art at EIU for two years. In 2016, she resigned from her position at EIU to obtain her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting at the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame, Hannah was awarded the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts’ Graduate Student Research Award for her research and painting practice. She was also awarded the Striving for Excellence in College and University Teaching Certificate. She earned her MFA degree this past May. Hannah currently teaches courses in painting and drawing.
In her work, she is interested in how finite organisms, such as lichens, fungi, and mosses, can be used to think about the infinite: the interconnected process of existence. She is also interested in how these networks can be used to think about beauty (the beauty in the ugly) and inspire hope. She has exhibited her paintings across the country, from California to New York. Her work has also been included in a variety of publications throughout the United States.