Witnessing, oil on panel, 20" x 16", 2011

Elana Hagler was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and immigrated to the United States at the age of five. She received her Bachelor of Arts in both Studio Art and Psychology from Brandeis University in Boston, and continued her studies for two years at the Master Class of the Jerusalem Studio School and in Umbria, Italy. She then received her Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Elana has won multiple prizes in painting and drawing and has exhibited her work across the United States and internationally. She has taught fine art at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, the Delaware College of Art and Design, and Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. She currently teaches online for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and is a staff writer for the popular art blog Painting Perceptions.

Elana tells us about her work:

"My paintings hold layers of meaning for me.  They are formal inventions, engaged in the play of opposites including the juxtaposition of the intimacy of familial objects and books with the monumentality of architectural construction.  At the same time, the objects are both vessels of memory and stand-ins for those who made the deepest marks upon my life."

Elana's work can currently be seen at The Hudson River Gallery in Iowa City.

Elana Hagler's website

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