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Hannah Hirano

Major: Art, Arts Administration
Current position: Hirano is the coordinator for conservation and museum services at the Seattle Art Museum.

Hannah Hirano

Why Whitworth: "I love painting and drawing, and I had enjoyed volunteering for a community art center while in high school. I wanted these majors when I first applied to Whitworth because I couldn’t imagine not making anything or not having a studio background, and I wanted to be a self-sufficient artist. I thought they would also help me gain a broader understanding of the cultures of different types of arts organizations, and they definitely did."

Whitworth Activities: "I was a member of the Whitworth Symphony Orchestra for four years, and I was the art editor for Script, Whitworth's student literary journal."

Influential Whitworth Professor: "The art department faculty members have been wonderfully influential through classes, advising, mentoring, sharing their artwork, and being in conversation with me at any hour. Most of the things I love about art – the practice in making, learning history, the act of viewing – grew through my discussions with professors and by listening to them. They cultivated in me a desire for depth in my understanding and a will to action to be a decent human being."

Influential Whitworth Experience: "During my junior year I had the opportunity to take Power & Politics in Art, a Jan Term study program in Europe. In this class we were able to wrestle with the questions of art's purpose in and value to culture."

Career Goals:"I plan to apply for graduate programs focused on new media and contemporary art history and theory. I would like to continue to work in a modern art-museum structure, but I'm highly interested in working more directly with artists and artwork."

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Other Recent Alums:

  • Carly Colby is a graphic designer at Stuart advertising in Spokane.
  • Cody DeJardin owns multiple businesses, including the fashion business Perspectives Global.
  • Ruth Campbell is an elementary art specialist at Wenatchee Public Schools.
  • Olivia Newman is a graphic design & marketing specialist at Perry Technical Institute in Yakima, Wash.