Since 2018, she has sought to divest her studio practice from fossil fuels as much as possible. She does this through the materials she uses, choosing recycled, free, and sustainable materials; by powering her artworks and studio practice with renewable resources through her solar cart (pictured above); and by traveling by bike to and from her studio.
Hannah Chalew is an artist raised and currently working in New Orleans. She received her BA from Brandeis University in 2009 and her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2016. Chalew has exhibited widely around New Orleans and has shown around the country at Popps Packing, Hamtramck, MI, Dieu Donné, New York, NY; Asheville Museum of Art, Asheville, NC; Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA; and other venues. Her work is held in the collections of the City of New Orleans and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Her work is included in two creative atlases by writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, co-authored with Rebecca Snedeker and Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, co-authored with Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. In 2018, she was an emerging artist-in-residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. She recently received a Platforms Grant: a regranting effort of Antenna Gallery, Ashe Cultural Arts Center and Pelican Bomb with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation and an Ideascity production grant, funded by the New Museum with support from the NEA to incubate her work.