Erin Hanas is the Associate Curator of Academic Programs at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She brings experience working in art museums and academic publishing, as well as teaching art history. At the ICA, she will develop and foster opportunities for VCU students and faculty to meaningfully engage with the ICA and contemporary art.
Before joining the ICA, Hanas was the Coordinator of Academic Programs at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. In addition to leading tours of exhibitions and study storage for university classes from a wide range of disciplines, Hanas curated installations inspired by Duke’s Common Experience Summer Reading books—Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy in 2016 and Allison Bechdel’s Fun Home in 2015. She also developed the popular Nasher Security Staff Picks brochure.
While at the Nasher, Hanas co-taught a graduate seminar on performance and performativity with Professor Kristine Stiles, which culminated in an exhibition of Paul and Damon McCarthy’s Pirate Party Photograph Portfolio. In 2016, Hanas collaborated on a new interdisciplinary Bass Connections team that is exploring connections between physics and art.
Hanas’ passion for museum work began with internships at ZOOM Children’s Museum in Vienna, Austria; the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Preservation Trust in Oak Park, Illinois; and at the Art Institute of Chicago. Hanas holds a B.A. in Art and German from Central College; an M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and a Ph.D. in Art History, with a focus on experimental art since 1945, from Duke University.