Carol Hassen

Carol Hassen is currently an independent art curator for the Capitol Theatre, Yakima, WA. She was the Executive Director for Gallery One in Ellensburg for four years and Exhibition Curator one year, and the Director of the Larson Gallery at YVCC for 17 years. She is a painter, writer, and educator, and in 2001 was awarded the prestigious Governor’s Arts Award for the State of Washington. She has received many artistic and professional awards, has published educational materials and books, and is involved in the arts on all levels. Her education includes a BFA from Oregon State University, and an MFA from Central WA University. She states, “My paintings are about memory, travel, emotions, and responses. Locations are not site-specific, but rather what I remember seeing and an emotional response to how I felt about what I saw. Memory is not the factual representation of information that we often believe it to be but is based on personal perceptions. This is especially true for visual memory. Traveling and moving around have always been a part of my life (which included going to 13 schools in 12 years). My parents would take the family for drives to “see things” for entertainment. Exploring new territory is still fascinating and fun. I use color to express emotion and to create a mood which sometimes becomes magical. My hope is that my paintings will trigger an emotional response for each viewer that is independent of my memory.”

Green Flash at Sunset

acrylic on panel, 12 x 12 inches

Through the Trees

acrylic on canvas, 30 x 24 inches

Wind Dance

acrylic on Yupo, 12 x 12 inches