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Elana Hagler
Iowa City, Iowa

Academy of Art University, Faculty

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My family's history, and my own, has been one of nearly constant change. The countries in which my family has lived during the past seventy years include Russia (Moscow, as well as Siberia), Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Israel, Romania and both coasts of the United States. I was raised by Holocaust survivors. Like theirs, my life has also turned out to be one of nearly constant nomadism, and this transience has been partly responsible for connecting me so deeply with the history of my family, which is represented by the worn and dependable objects and books which have followed us from country to country.  These objects present a solid stability where life otherwise was anything but stable, and a connection to both the myths and realities of the experiences of my family.  In these past few years, as I have made my own transition to motherhood, I have also lost most of the members of the family into which I was born.  These inherited objects have consequently become that much more precious and poignant to me.  As time passes, I have added my own books and objects to those which I have inherited, and all together, rich with both symbolic meaning and the potential for visual poetry, they have become the building blocks of the mythological language of my inner life.  I hope, through the embodiment of my personal mythology in these still-life paintings, and in the quest for a particular vision of beauty which they represent, I can touch upon something deep and universal: a felt experience that can be communicated to others.



born: 1980, Tel Aviv, Israel


The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, MFA, 2007
The Jerusalem Studio School, Master Class, 2005
Brandeis University, BA in Studio Art/Psychology, 2002

selected awards/honors

Georgie Read Barton Memorial Award, Hudson Valley Art Association, 2011
1st Prize, "Black is the Color", The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA, 2007
Deborah Josepha Cohen Award in Drawing, Brandeis University, 2002
Remis Art Education Grant, Brandeis University, 2001

selected publications

Re:Told. San Francisco, CA: Root Division p. 33, 2012
Painting Perceptions (review). 2010
International Drawing Annual IV. Cincinnati, OH: Manifest Press p. 80-81, 2008
Philly Stakes; Young Philadelphia Realists. Burlington, VT: Seven Days. Da Capo Publishing Inc, 2008

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Elana Hagler, Drawings, Arlington Public Library, Arlington, VA, 2010

selected group shows

Strokes of Genius: National Juried Exhibition, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, 2012
National Juried Exhibition, First Street Gallery, New York, NY, 2012
Peace Should Not Be This Fragile, Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg, FL, 2012
National Juried Exhibition, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY, 2010


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