Shan Bryan-Hanson's delicate, mixed media paintings and drawings balance detailed patterns and moments of abstraction. Layers of material and imagery are used to explore boundaries between cultivated landscape and wilderness. Most recently, her work is influenced by a family foray into beekeeping, specifically several experiences she had watching their bees swarm last summer.
Shan is an artist and curator of the galleries at St. Norbert College, where she also teaches painting. She has an M.F.A. from the University of Montana and her paintings have been funded by the Percent for Art Program of the State of Montana, Direct Purchase Program of the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Peninsula Arts Association. Her curatorial and museum work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Creation and Presentation Program of the Wisconsin Arts Board and the American Alliance of Museums. She lives in Door County, WI.