Hannah Smith Allen's studio practice includes photography, text, printmaking, book arts, and moving images. Her past projects examine American history and American lore and consider how stories from the past — as well as the images that document these stories — shape our personal and national identities.
Allen is the recipient of a 2007 Individual Photographer's Fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation, a 2010 Artist Fellowship in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a 2011 A.I.M. fellowship at the Bronx Museum of Art, and a 2013 Fellowship at A.I.R Gallery in Brooklyn. She has participated in residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop and the Vermont Studio Center. Her artwork has been exhibited at venues nationwide, such as Phoenix Art Museum, Wave Hill Cultural Center, and SF Camerawork, and her writings on contemporary photography have appeared in American Photo and Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism.
Allen is an Associate Professor of Photography and Digital Media at Adelphi University and holds degrees from the School of Visual Arts and Rhode Island School of Design. Her book Borderlands (2021) is available via the VSW Press (Rochester, New York) and can be found in artist book collections across the country, including collections maintained by Columbia University, UCLA, Houston Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, and The Center for Book Arts (New York).