Hannah Barnes works with abstract forms and tropes to investigate the nature of meaning within abstraction. Her work in painting, drawing, and installation is permeated by an interest in pattern-based structures, fragmentation, and impermanence. Investigations into ritual-based drawing traditions inform her approach to process and materials.Born and raised on the New England coast, Barnes received an MFA in Visual Art from Rutgers State University of New Jersey and a BFA in Painting from Maine College of Art. Her projects have been exhibited in such places as the Columbus Museum of Art and Design in Columbus, Indiana, the Dhoominal Gallery in Delhi, the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland, and Site:Brooklyn in New York. Barnes was recently a resident in the Studio Program at MASS MoCA in North Adams, and the recipient of a Hedda Sterne Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. She received a 2017-2018 Fulbright-Nehru Academic Excellence Fellowship for creative research in India. Barnes was an Associate Professor of Art at Ball State University from 2008 to 2019. In Fall 2019 she joined the Department of Art faculty at the University of Southern Maine.