Photographer Muriel Hasbun to offer Zoom webinar to public

An abstract photograph by Muriel Hasburn

Muriel Hasbun, Family Frames, 2016.07.06, from the archive, c.1960’s, El Congo, archival pigment print, 2016

Muriel Hasburn, photographer

The Department of Art will offer a public Zoom webinar featuring guest photographer Muriel Hasbun on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 10:15 a.m. Hasbun’s work as an artist and educator focuses on issues of cultural identity, migration and memory. Through an intergenerational, transnational and transcultural lens, she constructs contemporary narratives and establishes a space for dialogue where individual and collective memory spark new questions about identity and place. Those interested in attending should contact Assistant Professor Margaret Adams for details at

Hasbun is the recipient of numerous distinctions, including: an Artist and Scholar Grant from the AHCMC, a 2020 Sondheim and 2019 Trawick Prize Finalist, a 2019 Archive Transformed CU Boulder Artist/Scholar Collaborative Residency, Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in Media (2019 and 2008) and in Photography (2015, 2012), CENTER Santa Fe 2018 Producer’s Choice and 2017 Curator’s Choice awards, a FY17 Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County Artist Project Grant, a 2014 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, the Howard Chapnick Grant of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund for laberinto projects (2014); a Museums Connect grant of the U.S. Department of State and the American Association of Museums (2011-2012); Artist in Residences at the Centro Cultural de España in San Salvador (2016), and the Escuela de Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (2010); the Corcoran’s Outstanding Creative Research Faculty Award (2007) and a Fulbright Scholar Grant (2006-2008). 

Muriel Hasbun, Pulse: Seismic Register 2020.02.28.048 (Niño/17-III-83), 2020

Hasbun’s photo-based work has been internationally exhibited. Venues include: George Mason University, Brentwood Arts Exchange (2019), Turchin Center for Visual Arts, the Athenaeum (2018); Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, MICA Meyerhoff Galleries (2017); PINTA Miami and Civilian Art Projects (2016); American University Museum (2016, 2008); Centro Cultural de España in San Salvador (2016, 2015, 2006); Smithsonian American Art Museum (2013, 2011); the Maier Museum of Art (2012); Light Work, Mexican Cultural Institute (2011); the MAC-Dallas and Michael Mazzeo Gallery (2010); NYU’s Hemispheric Institute at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires (2007); Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego (2007); Houston’s FotoFest (2006), Corcoran Gallery of Art (2004); 50th Venice Biennale (2003); Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City (1999); Musée de l’Arles Antique at the 29ème Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles (1998). Similarly, her photographs are in numerous private and public collections, including the Art Museum of the Americas, D.C.Art Bank, En Foco, Lehigh University, Museo del Barrio, Smithsonian American Art Museum, University of Texas-Austin and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Building upon her socially engaged art and teaching practice, Hasbun is also the founder and director of “laberinto projects,” a transnational, cultural memory and education initiative that fosters contemporary art practices, social inclusion and dialogue in El Salvador and its U.S. diaspora, through exhibitions, art education, artist residencies and community engagement. She is professor emerita at the GWU Corcoran School of Arts & Design and visiting artist/distinguished practitioner with the Nomad/9 MFA program at the Hartford Art School. Previously, she was professor and chair of photography at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Hasbun received an MFA in Photography (1989) from George Washington University where she studied with Ray K. Metzker (1987-88), and earned an AB in French Literature (1983), cum laude, from Georgetown University.

Oct 9, 2020