photo: jen nelson

photo: jen nelson

After receiving a BA from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, April Hannah began her career as an art director designing graphics for a wide range of industries including healthcare, financial, educational, industrial, fashion and non-profit. Looking to expand her horizons, Hannah moved to NYC in 1999, to pursue an MFA at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). Upon graduation, Hannah established a studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn, where she produced abstract paintings and sculptures inspired by patterns and networks found in nature and urban environments.

With an ongoing interest in transforming material through form, and a desire to engage in a new challenge, Hannah designed her first furniture line in 2010. The Tree Table Collection debuted at BKLYN Designs where Hannah was awarded BKLYN Designs Inhabitat Editors' Choice Green Awards for Best Kids Design and Best Newcomer. The eco-friendly, nature inspired collection garnered much attention and praise. Later that year, Hannah was awarded an Artist Studio Residency at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD Museum), where she produced functional objects based on her sculptural forms – continuing her exploration of the link between art and design. Hannah carries on this investigation today while making art, collaborating with fellow designers and creating effective design solutions for clients.

Hannah's work has been exhibited at many national venues including MAD Museum in New York City; the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, Maine;  Arthouse at the Jones Center in Austin, Texas; SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio; and the Carlos Gallery of Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee among others. She has also been featured in numerous national and international design books and publications such as The Huffington Post, New York Magazine, Dwell, Core77, ARQUITECTURA Y DISENO, DE|AR Design & Arredo, and EST Magazine.