Miya Hannan’s sculptures, installations, and drawings show her view of the world that is constructed by the layers and linkages of human lives and histories that are etched, trapped, and stratified in the soil of the Earth. Her practice is influenced by Asian philosophy and rituals, as well as by her scientific education. Hannan’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in the United States and abroad. In 2012, she was commissioned by TEDxSan Diego to create an installation for their meeting. She also received the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from Mesa College, San Diego.
Hannan was awarded an M.F.A. Fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute where she received her M.F.A. in 2007. Before coming to the United States, she received a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the school of health sciences, Kyushu University and worked for a hospital for seven years in her native country, Japan. She is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno in the United State of America.