Jenna Hannum

Jenna Hannum

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    Artist's Biography

    Jenna Hannum is a Philadelphia-based artist and educational designer that has exhibited throughout Pennsylvania and nationally. Her work has been purchased for many private collections and has been included in numerous exhibitions, including exhibitions at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Woodmere Art Museum, and galleries throughout the United States. In 2011, she was a recipient of the NewCourtland Fellowship, a community-based fellowship that brings together care home residents and school-aged children through the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Hannum completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in drawing.

    Artist's Statement

    In 2011, inspired by a printed color atlas of histopathology, I began mining childhood memories and my family’s medical history, so I could present a series of portraits based on illnesses and medical conditions using microscopic views of cells, tissues and biological processes. I termed the pieces “histo-portraits” and combined scientific illustration and unconventional portraiture to represent the people in my life. I combed through medical journals and refereed scientific publications to find information and reference images. At the time, these intricate portrayals were in part a formal and intellectual exercise ⎯ exploring a visual confluence between micro- and macroscopic views of the world. I was interested in forms that initially appeared fractal or cosmic but were in fact a magnification of things invisible to the naked eye, things that had happened or were happening in the bodies of people I knew and loved.

    In 2017, entrenched in a series involving fictive animals and scientific taxonomy, I lost my mother and considered dabbling again in histo-portraiture, thinking to explore the illnesses and afflictions she endured throughout her life and use the medical records of her final illness in my image making. In 2020, I very unexpectedly lost my younger sister. “Grief counseling,” the experts said, “therapy,” and “time will help you heal these wounds.” In the vacuous place that is grief, which seems to simultaneously collapse time and yet make it expand interminably and illogically, I have returned to histo-portraits. Now I am creating ink and charcoal from the ashes of my mother’s medical records, sorting through the tangible items my sister left behind that could become drawing media, trying to recreate the people I’ve lost. These new histo-portraits, works on paper, are a study of grief and human loss, my attempts to put these women back together and retroactively heal their illnesses through drawing.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2017
    Misbegotten Sea Creatures, The Carolyn and Howard Alber Gallery, Allens Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

    2015
    Biophilia, Marlin Art Gallery, Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ

    2009
    Works on Paper, Pagus Gallery, Norristown, PA

    Anthropometry, Laudenbach Art Initiative, Laudenbach Group offices,
    Philadelphia, PA

    Two and Three-Person
    2018
    Visions of Biophilia, Mount Airy Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA
    With Gregory Brellochs and Brooke Hine

    2015
    Microverse, The Haverford School, Haverford, PA
    With Gregory Brellochs

    Group
    2020
    NATURphilosophie, ArtSpace 1241, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: Brooke Hine

    2019
    Your Plus-One: Celebrating 10 Years at MAC, Mount Airy Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

    Donuts, Lincoln Arts Project, Waltham, MA

    Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Philadelphia, PA

    2018
    International Variety: A works on paper, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    The Woodmere Annual: 77th Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
    Juror: Syd Carpenter

    215|610 CONTEMPORARY, the Gallery at Delaware County Community College, Media PA
    Juror: Jean Shin

    The Art of the Gift, Phylogeny Contemporary, Seattle, WA

    2017
    Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Stenton Guild Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

    The Art of the Gift, Phylogeny Contemporary, Seattle, WA

    2016
    Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Stenton Guild Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

    Constellation, Phylogeny Contemporary, Art Aqua Miami, Miami, FL

    2015
    Endangered, Hamilton Street Gallery, Bound Brook, NJ

    Fluent Imprint, C. Emerson Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL

    Body Mass, New Boon(e), Philadelphia, PA

    2014
    Four Corners Art Exhibition, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

    The Shape of Nature, Pagus Gallery, Norristown, PA

    3rd Annual Germantown Show, Imperfect Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    The Body Edited, ARTnude Philly, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Wired: On the Intersection of Art and Technology, presented by the New Wilmington Art Association and Barrel of Makers, Chris White Gallery, Wilmington, DE

    Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Stenton Guild Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

    Third Biennial Snowflake Salon, Heavybubble, Philadelphia, PA

    2013
    Artmobile: A Fine Line, traveling exhibit organized by Bucks County Community College, Bucks
    County, PA

    Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Stenton Guild Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

    2012
    Art is Ageless, NewCourtland Education Center, Philadelphia, PA

    Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Stenton Guild Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

    Snowflake Salon, the Bridge Club at Center City, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    2011
    Stimuli | Stimulus, 110 Church Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Juror: Leo Robinson

    The Fiction Project, Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; Winter Park, FL
    Organized and exhibited by the Brooklyn Art Library

    Color, Geometry and Abstraction, Pagus Gallery, Norristown, PA

    Opposites Attract, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried exhibition

    Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Philadelphia, PA

    2010
    Vanishing Point, Unsmoke Systems, Braddock, PA
    Curated by adaptation

    Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Stenton Guild Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

    2009
    Art of the State, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA Juried exhibition

    This Is the End, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: Tim Pannell

    May Gallery on the Square, Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational exhibition

    2008
    Summer Open House & Exhibit in conjunction with CFEVA, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: Scott Pellnat

    2007
    A Celebration of Philadelphia Artists with Center City Gallery Night, Church of the Holy Trinity,
    Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational exhibition

    2006
    2” Book + Print Exhibition, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: Barbara Zuckerman

    2004
    Illuminated, Afif Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried exhibition

    2003
    Community of Artists South of South Street, B Square Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Heidi, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried exhibition

    2002
    Workshop Invitational, The Philadelphia Sketchclub, Philadelphia, PA

    2001
    Alumni Exhibition, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
    Invitational

    2000
    Summer Salon, Limner Gallery, New York, NY
    Invitational

    1999
    Senior Exhibition, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
    Curator: Dan Talley

    Art for AIDS, Kutztown, PA
    Silent auction

    Artist's Bibliography

    2015
    Brewer, Don, "Snowflake," Don Art News, February 14, 2015

    2014
    Mabaso, Alaina, “One room, 71 artists: iMPeRFeCT Gallery’s 3rd Annual Germantown Show,” Broad Street Review, September 30, 2014

    Stabert, Lee, “On the Ground: Connecting Four Corners with an Art Show,” Flying Kite Media, January 7, 2014

    2013
    Stabert, Lee, “On the Ground: Celebrating Our Germantown Storefront with an Art Show and Reception,Flying Kite Media, January 29 2013

    2011
    “Opposites Attract, collaborative installations,” September 7, 2011

    Ault, Walter, “The Pagus: Norristown’s provocative art haven,” Montgomery News, July 12, 2011

    2010
    "Vanishing Point at Unsmoke Gallery, Braddock PA October 30, 2010," The Pittsburgh Art Blog, October 17, 2010

    2009
    Fallon, Roberta; Rosof, Libby, "What we want to see First Friday and Saturday too," Artblog, April 27, 2009

    Donohoe, Victoria, "Pagus Gallery," Philadelphia Inquirer, April 3, 2009

    Collections

    Public
    Joint Health Sciences Center, Camden, NJ

    Private
    Glenside, PA
    Haverford, PA
    Philadelphia, PA
    Downingtown, PA
    Princess Anne, MD

    Awards & Honors

    2019
    Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art
    Finalist

    2011
    Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA
    Mid-Atlantic Fellowship, Recipient

    Education

    1999
    Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
    BFA, Drawing
    Magna Cum Laude