Nola Hanson

Motion Study (Binder), video stills, 2018

Nola Hanson is an artist and organizer living and working in New York City. Their interdisciplinary practice uses movement, sound, object-making, and performance to mobilize critical interventions that center the role of embodiment in contemporary social systems.

Nola’s work has been shown in Milwaukee, Chicago, and New York City. They were selected as a featured artist for the annual public art festival Art in Odd Places 2016: Race, and in 2018 they were the Artist in Residence for On Air Fest in Brooklyn, New York. Currently, Nola is participating in the Engaging Artists Fellowship through More Art, a non-profit organization that supports collaborations between professional artists and communities to create public art and educational programs that inspire social justice.

Nola is the founder of The Trans Boxing Collective, a trans-led organization that facilitates TGNC access to the sport of boxing through an interdisciplinary and socially engaged approach. They received their BFA in Painting, Drawing, and Art Criticism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2014, and is currently an MFA candidate in the Art and Social Practice program at Portland State University.


Drill Meditations, performance, On Air Fest, Brooklyn, 2018

audio: Drill Meditations, 2018

Bryant Park Shoeshine, collaborative public performance, 2016

How To Take Care, collaborative performance at ACRE Gallery, Chicago, 2018