Megan Hanley is an artist who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She creates art to continue a dialogue around the theory of posthumanism and the physical processes of biology and geology. By creating drawings utilizing natural materials from sites of investigation she urges us to consider that humans are part of a complex ecosystem, equal to bacteria, minerals, plants, and animals. She was recently awarded the Andries Deinum Prize for Visionaries and Provocateurs and a Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council to complete a year of research in collaboration with the Center for Life in Extreme Environments at Portland State University as preparation for a solo show in the fall of 2018 of new drawings and sculptures. Hanley has also taken part in a backpacking residency with Signal Fire in the Siskiyou Mountain region of Northern California, and a three-week dig with the Sanisera Archaeology Institute on the island of Menorca, Spain as part of her research-based practice. Her work has been selected for juried exhibitions at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA, the Nightingale Gallery at Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR and the Littman Gallery at Portland State University, Portland, OR. Most recently her drawings have been published in the Pacific Coast edition of New American Paintings. Hanley received a BFA in Art Education from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2008 and an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University in 2017. She is currently teaching drawing at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

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