Paul D. Hanna, a retired professor of art, passed away on July 2nd at the age of 84.
Hanna began his academic career at Texas Tech in the mid 1960s when the art department was the Allied Arts Area of the Architecture Department. When the Art Department was formed in 1967, Hanna came on as a faculty member. Hanna, along with several others, participated in working towards getting allied and applied architecture elements together into the arts department, eventually contributing to the School of Art we know today. Terry Morrow, a colleague of Hanna’s during his time at Texas Tech, described Hanna as a great contributor to the School of Art. Morrow also said that Hanna was a memorable man, adding that he always wore a black hat and had a deep love for old time radio.
Hanna taught courses in painting, drawing & design, graphic design, studio design, and occasionally filled in for interior design courses. He also taught a one-time Experimental Art class in the 1970’s, which was heavily ahead of it’s time, featuring work that would be known today as performance and environmental installation art. Hanna also served as an Associate Chair for the School of Art and as the President of the Texas Association of School of Art. He retired from teaching in 1995.
Ken Little (1970 BFA; 1972 MFA in ceramics from University of Utah), who attended classes with Professor Hanna in 1968 and 1969, describes Hanna as one who “had a sharp intellect and an eccentric, rigorous teaching style” which he remembers vividly. Little also adds that through Hanna’s teaching and classes, he “began to build a real set of working standards” which he used throughout his career as an artists and a teacher and that he will “always feel a deep gratitude to Professor Hanna.”