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Department of

Art, Architecture + Art History

Miya Hannan, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts

Miya Hannan has taught two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, web design, and drawing at colleges in San Diego after receiving an MFA with Fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute. As an artist, she works on sculptures, paintings, and installations. Her artwork presents the structure of the world as a conjoined totality, evoking a spiritual quality beyond materiality. Before coming to the United States she earned a medical technology degree and then worked seven years for a hospital in Japan.


MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

BA, San Diego State University, San Diego, California

BS, Kyusyu University, Japan


Scholarly and Creative Work

Hannan’s installations, paintings, and sculptures address issues related to Eastern perceptions of life and death and the connectivity of lives and histories. Her artwork—influenced by Asian funeral rituals, Buddhist philosophy, cosmology, and archaeology, as well as by her scientific knowledge—comes from her belief in the importance of accepting the end of life as a part of our life cycle. She is interested in combining opposites and exploring the unity of physicality and spirituality.

Hannan is represented by R.B. Stevenson Gallery in La Jolla. She has actively exhibited her work in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sonoma, and New Mexico. For more information about her and her artwork, please visit

Teaching Interests

Hannan has taught two-dimensional design and web design at USD, and three-dimensional design and drawing at Grossmont College in El Cajon. In these beginning and intermediate courses, she tries to stimulate independent thinking and creativity while giving students solid foundations.