Oberlin College and Conservatory

Pathways: Hannah Vaughan ’09

Monday, December 9, 2019 at 4:45pm

Venturi '75 Art Building, 103bLACK
87 N. Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Please join the art department for this lecture presented by studio art alumna Hannah Vaughan ’09. 

Senior Studio and Thesis prepares our majors to launch into the competitive art world. Meet art department alumni and hear first-hand how they navigated life with a BA in Art. Each alum in this series represents a different career pathway.

Hannah Vaughan is a designer and craftswoman, originally from Los Angeles. She currently runs her own design/build studio in the Hudson Valley, in Newburgh NY.  Studio projects range from large sculptural installations, furniture design and architectural works. Vaughan’s design has a direct material brutality to it, from crushed cars, chainsaw carved stumps to large rusted panels. Her works combine a primitive urgency with the infrastructure of our industrial landscape. 

Vaughan grew up in a creative household with a sculptor father and bookbinder mother, and started welding at the age of 12. She developed her skills by studying at Oberlin College and the 3D design at Cranbrook Academy of Art before starting her own one-woman design studio.

 Her work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally. She designed an office in San Francisco, exhibited at NY Design Week and Collective and her works can be found at Pavilion Gallery in Chicago. 

Industriousness is primordial. Humans have always felt an impulse to build, craft, construct. Industrious cave woman scrawled on their walls and their caves became homes. Marks like these are evidence of our existence, a means of expressing who we are and what we do. Proof that we were alive.

This event is presented with support from the Ellen Johnson Endowment for Modern and Contemporary Art. This event is open to the public, and free of charge.

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Arts, Lectures/Symposia/Workshops, Signature Programs, Alumni Conversations


Academic, Art


Free to the public

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Jamie Jacobs

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