hanna von goeler





University of California, Davis Davis, CA, Master of Fine Arts

Jan van Eyck Akademie Maastricht, the Netherlands, Certificate (2 year graduate level program)

Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI, Bachelor of Fine Arts


Selected Exhibitions


Siikkema Jenkins Gallery, New York, NY. “Postcards from the Edge”, February, 2016

Phoebus Gallery, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Ladenkast Projekt, curated by Regula Muller

Luhring Augustine Gallery. Visual Aids.


The Lodge Gallery, New York, NY. “Madness”, curated by Lori Field.


The Osprey Fine and Performing Arts Center, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada. “A Good Trap, A Fine Yarn - Installation and Paintings by Hanna von Goeler”, Solo exhibition, curated by Darcy Rhyno.

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA), Peekskill, NY. “Peekskill Project V: The New Hudson River School”, curated by Anna Adler, Cristina Arnold, Paul Clay, Kerry Cox, Evonne Davis, Marcy B. Freedman, Matthew Leonard. Cheryl McGinnis, Wilfredo Morel, Lise Prown, Alix Sloan, Livia Strauss, Lilly Wei and Emma Wilcox.


Princeton University, The Bernstein Gallery, Princeton,NJ. “The Currency of an Altered State”

solo exhibition, curated by Kate Somers.

Narracje Fesitival 2012, Gdansk, Poland. Installation and Intervention in Public Space

“Art thou Gone, Beloved Ghost”, curated by Steven Matijcio, curator at SECCA and Cincinnati Art Museum.

Paterson Art Walk, Historic Warehouses, Paterson, NJ. “Natural/Mecahnical”, Elizabeth Murray and Jennifer Graham Macht, curators.

Cheim & Reid, New York, NY. “Postcards from the Edge”.


Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, the Netherlands. “Licht!”, curated by Moritz Ebinger.

Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, the Netherlands. “Shadow Dance: Vito Acconci, Charles Atlas, Dirck van Baburen, Aram Bartholl, Christian Boltanski, etc.” curated by Judith van Meeuwen.


Hunterdon Museum, Clinton NJ. “The Currency of an Altered State”, solo exhibition, River Gallery; Mary Birmingham, curator.

Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland. “Scherenschnitte-Kontur Pur/Sillhouettes-Pure Contour” curated by Eva Afuhs.

Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, New York, NY. “Smoke+Mirrors/Shadows+Fog”

curated by Tracy L. Adler & Mara Hoberman.

Lex Leonard Gallery, Jersey City, NJ. WW residency group exhibition curated by Doris Cacoilo and Vandana Jain.

Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. “Windows @ Walsch” curated by Jeanne Brasilje

“A Plastic Ecology”.


Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY. Solo exhibition for The Project Room, “The Shadows Cast by Ordinary Objects”.

Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY. “+2” group exhibition.

The Habeas Lounge Economic Forum, New York, NY. “Chilled”; public art project sponsored by arts<World Financial Center, curated by Linda Pollack.

ABC No Rio, New York, NY. “Money, Money, Money”, curated by Doris Cacoilo and Vandana Jain, WW Residency.

Galerie Kurt im Hirsch, Berlin, Germany, “Internationale Pass Objekte”.

Galería Aiolote Art Contemporáneo, Guadalajara, Mexico. “Por Favor, Sus Documentos”.

Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, NJ. “Moolah”, curated by Lawrence Cappiello.

Galéria Z, Bratislava, Slovakia, “Vase Doklady Prosim”.


The Museum of Arts and Crafts-ITAMI, Itami, Japan. ZAIM & Galerie Paris, Yokohama , “Your Documents Please”.

Hang Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA. “Who’s the Fairest of them All?”.

2B Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. “A Papirjait Legyen Szives”

Exit Art, New York, New York, “My Money, My Currency”, selected by Robert Storr, 2006 RISD Biennial.

Watchung School Commission, “Cycle” Wall Paintings (32 x 10 ft.), collaboration with Paula Schmetterling.


Selected Exhibitions before 2006

 “The Optimum Quantity of Money and other Essays”- Special art project featuring American artists, curated by Mark Sanders, Emma Reeves and Neville Wakefield for the British Publication “Another Magazine”, CULT, Vienna, Austria.

“Interesse”; an interactive and collaborative (additive process) exhibition featuring four artists from four different countries; curated by Eva Afuhs, Somerville Museum, Somerville, Massachusetts.

“Subliminal Realities”, Nelson Gallery, Davis, California.

“Travelers”, Dominikanerkerk, Maastricht, the Netherlands, “Kunstenaars in de Dominikanerkerk”; Installation titled “Myo”; six trompe l’oeil paintings and 3000 pieces of mirror in a 12th century gothic church; J.v.E grant and private sponsor.

“The Exotic Fly” An interactive, temporal wall painting (two 30ft. walls), Woodland, California

Buehler Center, University of California Davis.

“Fashioning Identities” held in conjunction with the conference “Style, Fashion and the Negotiation of Identities”.

“Light, Sound and Spoken Word”, Exhibition held in conjunction with ICA Conference, Davis, California.

Krabbedans Gallery, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Exhibition held in conjunction with the cultural festival in Eindhoven

Rijksuniversiteit Limbourg, Maastricht, the Netherlands, “Bezigheiden Buitenland”


Selected Bibliography

Malek Abbou, Fondements Metaphysique du Dollar, Fage Editions

Matt Bua and Maximillian Goldfarb, Architectural Inventions: Visionary Drawing of Buildings

Tracy L. Adler and Mara Hoberman, Smoke + Mirrors/ Shadow + Fog, Hunter College

Judith van Meeuwen, ShadowDance, KA Series, Kunsthal KAdE

Scherenschnitte - Kontur Pur, Museum Bellerive, Zurich und Der Schweizerische Verein Freunde des Scherenschnitts

Wall Street Journal (March 29-30, 2014), WSJ Money Magazine Spring insert,”Made of Money: Painted Dollars” (full page feature) http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304250204579433443982285748

New York Times, NY/Region Events Page, “Hanna von Goeler: The Currency of an Altered State” at the Hunterdon Museum of Art http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/21/nyregion/21listingsnj.html?_r=0

NewsWorks WHYY TV, Ilene Dube, The Artful Blogger, Money as art on display at Princeton University, November, 29 2012.

Stuttgarter Zeitung http://blog.stuttgarter-zeitung.de/finanzkrise/2009/02/05/finanzkrise-14-so-siehts-aus/MSN.com, Made of Money: Turning Cash into Art


AnOther Magazine, “The American Dollar Bill Project: Celebrating 25 glorious editions with the best bits from AnOther Magazine archives”, September 19, 2013 http://current826.rssing.com/browser.php?indx=4122734&item=729

Trojmiasto.tv (video, Polish national television) http://trojmiasto.tv/Tlumy-uczestnikow-festiwalu-Narracje-2012-4252.html

Hunterdon County Democrat and www.nj.com, One artist’s relationship with money explored at the Hunterdon Museum of Art, February 2, 2010

Artdaily.org, Exhibition on Use of Shadow opens at Kunsthal KAdE

Metropolis M, Het effect van Schauduw; ShadowDance in Amersfoort http://metropolism.com/reviews/het-effect-van-schaduw/

LUCY, Shadowdance http://www.lucyindelucht.nl/geweest/in-het-archief-van-2011/shadowdance

ArtCat Zine, Hanna von Goeler at Sloan Fine Art, Patti Jordan, Features/Reviews http://zine.artcat.com/2009/01/hanna-von-goeler-at-sloan-fine.php

Beautiful Decay, “Hanna von Goeler” http://beautifuldecay.com/2009/02/03/hanna-von-goeler/

The Bowery Boogie, Art, Explore the artistic side of “Madness” at the Lodge Gallery Tomorrow, October 28, 2014

The Creep Machine, “Madness at the Lodge Gallery”, Samantha Levin http://www.creepmachine.com/events/madness-at-the-lodge-gallery.html

Timeout https://world.timeout.com/events/madness-curated-by-lori-field

The Shelburne County Coast Guard, Steven Page highlights Osprey Celebration on July 13

Pakistan Art Review, Currency Dealers, Shamim Akhter http://www.pakistanartreview.net/28th_Issue/28th_Page_3.html

Phantasmaphile, Hanna von Goeler Show http://www.phantasmaphile.com/2009/01/hanna-von-goeler-show.html

Hunterdon Review, Art museum opens exhibit on ‘currency’ Feb. 7

InPrint Magazine, Feature, Issue 7 http://issuu.com/inprintmagazine/docs/issue7.1

NY ARTBEAT Hanna von Goeler “The Shadows Cast by Ordinary Objects” http://www.nyartbeat.com/event/2008/037C

Brooklyn Art Project, Art Exhibition, Emerging Artists, In Between, February 11 2010 http://blog.brooklynartproject.com/category/sculpture/

Bericht uit Amersfoort: Shadowdance in Kunsthal KAdE http://www.kunstbeeld.nl/nl/nieuws/14347/


Rhizome, Smoke+Mirrors/ Shadows +Fog


Selected Awards

Massachusetts Arts Lottery Grant

Regents Fellowship, University of California Davis,

Humanities Graduate Research Award, University of California, Davis

Nelson Art Friends Grant

Jan van Eyck Akademie Material Stipend and Project Grant


Exhibition Support

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts

NJ State Council for the Arts

The Bloomingdales Fund of the Macy’s Foundation



I have been painting on money for more than twenty years, re-shaping its content and context in order to question a prevailing emphasis on money in our world. Working on paper notes has also allowed me to explore ethical, political and aesthetic questions that surround notions of agency and currency. As an artist, currency is my medium of exchange with you. My currency is painting and drawing, my mind, ideas and spirit. Money is what is there, currency is what I have added. Painting on money gives me some power to determine (rather than be controlled by) money’s function within society. This relates to the concept of agency; it explores the extent to which we have the power to define (rather than be defined by) the currencies in our culture.

My love of birds and ornithology is the point of departure for this recent series of currency work. The contribution of global economics to climate change is deeply disturbing and is altering and destroying some of the habitats that migratory birds depend on. Birds and other life forms are the, so-to-speak, “canaries in the coal mine”. In many early cultures birds were seen as messengers, and were venerated for their ability to foretell future events. Many bird populations are declining worldwide and Bird Life International and the International Union for Conservation of Nature listed 1,227 species as threatened in 2009.

In this series, various bird species are painted onto and into defunct global paper currencies, as a means to both question and insert value. The series looks to question a purely economic perspective and the interplay between commerce and environment. The work highlights the malleability of both human territories and bird habitats, as influenced by human behavior. Migration and habitat, both human and avian, find uncanny resonance as Europeans struggle to define and help both migrants and refugees, and grapple to live together culturally and economically within the Eurozone and greater scope of the world.

Birds have often been symbols of freedom, beauty and even peace. In this context, they inspire a desire to leave behind mere material gain for the values of a shared world. The birds act as social and environmental agents of care, beckoning us to move away from a monetary world view — to shift our thoughts beyond the money on which they perch.