Ana María Hernando and Friends: Handle With Freedom, defies the ideas of artistic authority and of the artist as the ultimate creative. In this series, Hernando hands over control of the piece as she lightens up the art experience and sees spectators become creators with each new invitation to handle with freedom.
About the Artist
Ana María Hernando, from Argentina and based in Colorado, is a multidisciplinary artist with a passion for calling forward lightness in us. She seeks to make the invisible visible and considers the balance between the material and the transcendent, exploring the sacred feminine through women’s rich histories, daily lives, and relationships to hand-worked textiles and wares. Her installations include the work of women from Latin America, from embroideries of nuns in Buenos Aires to the weavings of Peruvian women.
Hernando has a BFA from the California College of the Arts and a BA from the Profesorado Eccleston, Buenos Aires. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at BMoCA, MCA Denver, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, CU Art Museum, and the Chateau de la Napoule, France. She received the Prix Henry Clews 2020 in Sculpture from La Napoule Art Foundation in France – the first woman to have ever received it – where she spent all of 2020, and had a solo show in the Château and its gardens. Denver Botanic Gardens is presenting a solo exhibition of her work in 2021.
Undomesticated, a documentary about Hernando’s work by Amie Knox, premiered in 2018. CU Art Museum published a catalogue of her work in 2017.
About Ellen Bruss, Guest Curator
Ellen Bruss was born in Wisconsin and lives in Denver. She owns a design and marketing firm, Ellen Bruss Design (EBD). EBD specializes in real estate, retail, and cultural work, including work for MCA Denver and the Denver Art Museum. A signature EBD project was Hotel Born in Denver, for which Bruss creative directed the interiors and art collection. The firm’s creative efforts have been recognized in over 250 national and international publications.
Bruss was featured in Graphic Design USA’s 2014 People to Watch issue and was honored with an American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Fellow Award in 2015. She has judged numerous national competitions and served on the boards of the Art Directors Club of Denver (now One Club) and AIGA/Colorado as Vice President.
An avid champion of the arts, Bruss was a Trustee for MCA Denver from 2004-2013 and continues to serve as a Trustee Emeritus. She actively mentors and supports contemporary artists, and Hotel Born alone features over 700 commissioned works from Colorado artists.
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Nicky Wolman & David Fulker, Sue Schweppe, Amie Knox, The Markowitz Family, City of Boulder, Boulder Arts Commission, Scientific & Cultural Facilities District, Colorado Creative Industries, and National Endowment for the Arts.
Image: Ana María Hernando, David (detail), velvet, acrylic inks and acrylics on paper, oil paint on tin, giclée on paper on wood, embroidered napkin with ink, oils on paper, wallpaper, pins, box, photo on paper, 2017, 50” x 29” x 1.5”. Photo credit Ken Sanville. Courtesy of the Artist and Robischon Gallery.
Upcoming Exhibition Event
4/15: Opening Reception