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Stephanie Hanor Appointed as New Director of Mills College Art Museum

Oakland, CA–August 26, 2009. Mills College proudly announces the appointment of Stephanie Hanor as the new director of the Mills College Art Museum. Hanor comes to Mills from the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego where she rose from assistant curator in 2001 to senior curator in 2004 and department head in 2007.

With an appointment beginning September 1, 2009, Hanor will be responsible for overseeing the Mills College Art Museum’s annual art exhibition series and a collection of more than 8,000 objects. She also will oversee the senior exhibition for studio art majors and the MFA show for studio art graduates, in addition to teaching Museum Studies.

"The Mills College Art Museum is a very well-respected institution, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build upon the museum's legacy as a place for engaging and inspiring exhibitions, public programs, and collections," said Hanor.

Hanor is known for her outstanding interpretive vision in creating exhibitions of contemporary American and international art. She brings to Mills particular expertise in identifying and working with emerging and mid-career artists to develop innovative projects and successful exhibitions of their work.

During her tenure at MCASD, Hanor curated a number of significant exhibitions, including “Jasper Johns: Light Bulb” and “Manny Farber: About Face” (2003), a major retrospective for the late painter from Leucadia. Hanor also oversaw the installation of two large-scale works permanently installed outside the museum site in La Jolla: Andy Goldsworthy’s “West Coast Cairn” in 2002 and Nancy Rubins’ “Pleasure Point” in 2006.

“Dr. Hanor brings to Mills a distinguished record both as a scholar of art history and as a curator of contemporary art. We look forward to new aesthetic adventures under her leadership," said Sandra Greer, Mills provost and dean of the faculty.

Hanor received her PhD in art history from the University of Texas in 2003. Her dissertation focused on Jean Tinguely, a Swiss painter and sculptor known for his sculptural machines. Hanor has a MA in art history from the University of Minnesota and a BA in art history from Tulane University. In 2007, she participated in the Museum Leadership Institute with a group of 30 museum directors and senior staff from around the country at the Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles.

The Mills College Art Museum features the largest permanent collection of any liberal arts college on the West Coast. The collection includes Old Masters and modern American and European prints and drawings; Asian textiles, Japanese, Ancient American, and modern ceramics; and California regionalist paintings. Roi Partridge, the first director (1925–1935), helped to establish the Museum (formerly the Mills College Art Gallery) as an important West Coast center for visual arts. Alfred Neumeyer assumed the directorship in 1935, and during his 25-year tenure, led seminal exhibits including the first U.S. exhibition of the works of German-American Cubist Lyonel Feininger, as well as major shows by French Cubist Fernand Leger and German Expressionist Max Beckmann.

The Mills College Art Museum remains as a dynamic center for art that focuses on the creative work of women as artists and curators. The museum strives to engage and inspire the diverse and distinctive cultures of the Bay Area by presenting innovative exhibitions by emerging and established national and international artists. Exhibitions are designed to challenge and invite reflection upon the profound complexities of contemporary culture.

Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity to approximately 950 undergraduate women and 500 graduate women and men. Since 2000, applications to Mills College have more than doubled. The College is named one of the top colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, one of the Best 371 Colleges by the Princeton Review, and ranks 55th among America's best colleges by Forbes.com. Visit us at www.mills.edu.

Quynh Tran
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Last Updated: 2/27/17