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Barbara Hanger, M.F.A.


  • Associate Professor



  • Room 18, Schneider Hall
  • Belknap Campus

Phone Number

  • 502-852-0879

Email Address



Throughout my artistic career, landscape and a sense of place, either from observation or filtered through memory, have been key elements in my work.  Another key element has been my devotion to drawing as my central medium even though I have also worked in printmaking, papermaking and sculpture. I have drawn inspiration for my work from three places: Italy; Cumberland Island, Georgia; and my native Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.  The abstracted images of these landscapes have evolved, moved back and forth between their sources, and together form a visual biography of my life. Countless visits, photographs and drawings later, I still find all of them rich in source material and endlessly stimulating.

My current work is inspired by the undisturbed landscape of Cumberland Island, Georgia with its oak, pine, and palm maritime forests and vast marshland. The origin of each drawing is an actual location. The finished works, however, are a combination of reality, memory and fiction. The places are chosen for their visual interest but also for the memories associated with visiting them over time. Like memories, each drawing has been edited and refined until it becomes tangible.


Educational Background

  • B.F.A., University of Georgia, 1976
  • M.F.A., Ohio University, 1979

Teaching Areas

  • ART 105: Foundation 2D Design
  • ART 106: Foundation 3D Design
  • ART 115: Foundation Drawing I
  • ART 116: Foundation Drawing II
  • ART 341, Introduction to Printmaking
  • ART 390, Special Topics: Book Arts
  • ART 407: Art Education Elementary and Middle School
  • ART 508: Art Education Methods and Research I
  • ART 518: Art Education Methods and Research II
  • ART 590, Special Topics: Book Arts
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