The Department of Art opens the spring semester with an exhibition of dramatic paintings by Hannah Stahl, Vanderbilt graduate and recipient of the 2012 Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award.
Index: The Women of Auschwitz will be on display in Space 204 through Friday, February 7. Stahl will present a gallery talk at 5 pm on Thursday, January 9, during the opening reception from 4 to 6 pm.
Stahl’s prize provided for a year of art research and travel, culminating in this solo show in Vanderbilt’s Space 204 gallery. Over the past year, Stahl participated in a seven week artist-in-residence program at The School of Art at Chautauqua Institution before embarking on a two-month solo trip to seventeen cities in Europe. This trip included three Holocaust concentration camps and inspired her to produce her current body of work based on female victims of Auschwitz.
Grappling with how best to represent these women, Stahl ultimately painted portraits she hopes will “leave a small sting…and make the viewer wonder about the person behind the face, the number, the name.”
A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Stahl is a 2015 MFA candidate at The New York Academy of Art. She has exhibited at The New York Academy of Art in New York, NY (2013), The Fowler-Kellogg Art Center in Chautauqua, NY (2012), The Hutton Hotel in Nashville, TN (2012-2013), Cummins Station in Nashville, TN (2011), and at Moses Brown School in Providence, RI (2013, 2008).
Space 204 is the second floor gallery of the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center, 1204 25th Avenue South at Garland Avenue on the Vanderbilt campus. Sponsored by the Department of Art, all Space 204 exhibitions are free and open to the public. Metered parking is available on Garland Avenue, alongside the Ingram Art Center. For more information, call the Department of Art at 615-343-7241.
*Hannah Stahl, Woman with Dotted Collar, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2013.