Meet innovative American artist and writer Hannah Draeger Ross. Ms. Ross is internationally known for her work in mixed media art and cutting edge theatrical work. Her work as a writer shares equal status with her artwork. Hannah Draeger Ross is considered part of the “Outsider Art Movement” and her work is both innovative and thought-provoking .
Her artwork and large mural work have been displayed in shows across the United States and Europe. A good example of her larger works is the painting Never Again. This wall-sized abstract was created as a memorial piece to victims of the Holocaust. The art was accompanied with an original one-act play and was performed by young children of different religions and nationalities. The piece depicted the continuing struggle against genocide and discrimination. The canvas and play have traveled across America and Europe promoting tolerance through art.
Ross has been active in the Arts for many years, whether as an instructor, writer, painter, photographer, composer, or performance artist. Hannah is available for travel assignments and can be reached through this website. She accepts private or public commissions.
Ross’s style has remained connected to promoting tolerance and understanding. She started out as a young artist, and Equal Rights Advocate in the early 1970’s in Northern New Jersey. Through her artistic career she has remained an avid promoter of civil liberties and equality in the artistic community.
While living in North Carolina she wrote weekly opinion columns for “Triad Style magazine ” and “ESP” magazine. She has written art reviews and interior design pieces for many well-known magazines over the years. Ross also authored thought-provoking weekly opinion columns for “Zest” magazine in South Carolina.
Ross is not without humor in her Art projects and proud to be thought of as an “Outsider Artist.” She once painted a twenty foot long Banner of Marilyn Monroe to announce an art festival at a train depot in Greensboro, NC. Her grainy pseudo-documentary “Hookers” was an honest and at times comedic take on prostitution. Her free-standing installation, “The Confessional Box” contained a mechanical fortune-telling device (complete with flashing lights and rock music} offering outrageous advice to all who entered. She threw a “Celebration of the First Amendment “ party at a pocket gallery drawing standing room only crowds. Her yearly student video contest offered a twenty-four hour venue of original movies from college students and produced many opportunities for her recognition.
Ross’s plays have usually centered on healing and acceptance through art, music, comedy, and performance. Ms. Ross composed the original words and music for her play “The God Son.” The theatre piece “Full Circle” was written and directed by Ross for the Broach Theater in Greensboro, North Carolina and raised funds for The Triad Health Project. She helped form the first “Art Outreach” program in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ross also worked providing local art for charitable auctions such as the “Dining with Friends” yearly events. She has been a recipient of many Arts Grants and worked as an artist volunteer with the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the 1980’s as a Multi-Cultural Outreach instructor. Ross also worked as an assistant to Art Therapist Gloria Madden in Asheville, North Carolina at an Outward Bound program working with Inner-City youth.
Ross especially loves working with young authors and artists. She founded the “Triad Community Artspace” as a communal workspace for artists and writers. She served as the Executive Director of TCA in the 1990’s, and provided affordable space to fledgling artists who shared a workshop in an old re-conditioned denim factory in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was during that time that she became one of the co-founders of the yearly “Artstock” festival in Greensboro, North Carolina.