Feed Your Future: Alumni Mentor Lunch Series
This lunch series is a tremendous opportunity for students to come together in a small group setting and ask alumni questions about their journey into the world after leaving MCAD. The focus of the series is on learning from each other and being part of a bigger conversation.
Amanda Hankerson, a Minnesota native, received her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2004. She currently resides in Minneapolis, where she is an independent artist and the associate photographer at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Hankerson spends significant time researching and planning before she takes out her camera to compose a portrait. Through portraiture, Hankerson considers how individuals come together to make a family. Her projects have explored familial aspects in distinct groups: veterans of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, an alternative family with distorted faces that seem to reference a lost episode of the Twilight Zone, and most recently, Americans sharing her own surname. Not surprisingly, old family photographs inspire Hankerson’s work, as do a variety of other sources, such as Baroque painting and the social web. Hankerson is a recent recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, which she used in conjunction with her Jerome Fellowship for a six week road trip. During this explorative journey she photographed other Hankersons in the southern United States, continuing her visual investigation of how the Hankerson story relates to a defining national experience.