Hari Kirin (b. Joan Hanley in Queens, NY 1955) has been a professional artist since finishing her BFA at Hartford Art School in 1976. Her twenties were spent between NY, at the School of Visual Arts or Columbia University where she was an Art Director, and Hartford, CT, where she participated in Real Art Ways. In 1986 she moved to Cambridge MA to pursue her interest in art, healing and spirituality. In 1988 She received an MA in Creative Arts Therapies from Lesley University. At Lesley she was deeply influenced by psychologist James Hillman and writer Thomas Moore’s ideas about images. She began exploring these ideas in her painting, collaborative group performances, and therapeutic art events. She returned to graduate school and received an MFA degree from Vermont College in 2001.
Public installations include Office Hours in the Dublin, Ireland Immigration office; The Flag Project in the State Legislature in Concord NH; Axis Mundi on a toxic site in Wilton NH, and MudMurals in Keene and Wilton NH. Hari Kirin has shown her paintings at The Brattleboro Museum, VT, The Mariposa Museum, NH the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and The Open Center NY, and Group shows in the Hampden Gallery at UMass, the Attleboro Museum, MA, and Liberty Gallery Dublin, Ireland.