Mike Hannan donates art to Tennessee Wesleyan

Local artist Michael Hannan donated 28 pieces of his art to the Tennessee Wesleyan College Visual Art department.

Local artist Michael Hannan donated 28 pieces of his art to the Tennessee Wesleyan College Visual Art department. Hannan, who is originally from Tellico Plains, TN, has been taking photographs and making art since 1970. He bought a camera for his 25th birthday and has been taking photos ever since.

In addition to photography, Hannan also creates silkscreen prints of his photos. He realized people were more interested in the silkscreen prints than they were in the original photographs, and began creating prints of most of his work.

“People then didn’t look at photography as art,” he said, “but of course I always have. I started the silkscreen thing because people didn’t know it was a photograph.”

Between 1980 and 1985, Hannan was commissioned by LaQuinta Motor Inns to create the artwork for their properties. In those five years, he created 44,000 prints for the company.

After creating art for nearly 45 years, Hannan, who is a Vietnam War Veteran, decided to retire and give his works away to colleges around the country.

“I’ve been selling stuff since 1970, and I’m about out of steam,” he said. “My wife and I traveled to 40 of the 48 lower states selling and making works.”

Though he is no longer creating new works, Hannan says the past 45 years have been exceptional.

“I loved doing what I was doing when I started, and it’s just progressed from there,” Hannan said. “It has been an adventure, and I’ve loved every minute of it.”

The donated works have an approximate value of $4,200, and are currently on display in Room 110 of Elliott Hall on TWC’s Athens campus.

TWC will hold a reception to celebrate this donation. The reception will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2015 in room 110 of Elliott Hall.

Tennessee Wesleyan College, founded in Athens, Tenn., in 1857, is a comprehensive liberal arts institution affiliated with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. The college’s dedicated faculty and staff believe in providing the resources and support students need to become socially responsible, intellectually skilled and spiritually developed members of our community. For additional information about Tennessee Wesleyan College, visit www.twcnet.edu, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TNWesleyan, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TNWesleyan.


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