Hannah Brancato is an artist + activist who crafts connections through our stories, to experience a more just reality.


Master of Fine Arts in Community Art - 2011, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

College Art Teaching Certificate - 2011, MICA

Master of Arts in Community Art - 2010, MICA

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibers - 2007, MICA

Voice of America, "Big, Colorful American Quilt has a Story to Tell," June 2019

Ms Magazine, "Speaking Truth to Rape Culture," Summer 2019

Washington Post, "Thousands of stories from sexual assault survivors blanket the Mall," June 2019

The Marshall Project, "A Monument to Survivors," May 2019

Goodmark, Leigh, Decriminalizing Domestic Violence, October 2018. Chapter 4: A Community Problem.

Art Kit Issue #3, “At the Confluence: Art as Refuge/Art as Rebellion.” September 2018

Baltimore Magazine, “Learning to Thrive.” July 2018

Hyperallergic, “Quilts as Tools for Resistance.” March 2018

The Houston Chronicle, “Rothko Chapel presents quilt honoring survivors of rape, sexual abuse.” Feb 2018

The Guardsman, “‘The Monument Quilt’ pops up at CCSF football field to fight rape culture.” April 2017

Surface Design Journal, “The Art of Repair: Skills Sharing to Foster Community and Social Change.” Fall 2016

WYPR Midday, “Confronting Sexual Assault And Rape Culture.” October 2016

Refinery 29, “Rape & Abuse Survivors Are Making A Powerful Statement With This Project,” June 2016

Baltimore City Paper, “Unbreakable: Art activists honor survivors, combat rape culture,” May 2016

Afterimage, Vol. 43, No. 4, “Envisioning a Culture of Consent: A Conversation with FORCE.” January 2016

Bmore Art, “FORCE’s Monument Quilt @ JHU.” September 2015

CNN, “Quilt Project Shares Rape Survivors’ Stories.” August 2014

MSNBC, “Monument Quilt Provides Healing For Survivors Of Sexual Assault.” August 2014

Fast Company, “Fighting Rape Culture With A Giant, Touring ‘Monument Quilt.’” August 2014

WBEZ Chicago, “Large Quilt Honors Victims Of Sexual Assault.” August 2014

Cosmopolitan, “Powerful project helps sexual assault survivors feel less isolated.” August 2014

Bustle, “For International Women’s Day, 10 Best Projects And Nonprofits Empowering Women,” March 2014

The New York Times, “Making Consent Cool,” February 2014

NPR’s All Things Considered, “Playboy Gets Pranked: Group Flips the Script on Sex.” Jan 2014

The Real News, “Activists Unveil Massive Quilt,” September 2013

NPR Maryland Morning Sheila Kast, “Let’s Talk About Sex. No, Let’s Actually Talk About It.” June 2013

Upworthy, “This List Fooled Med Into Thinking Playboy Cared About Women,” September 2012

Policy Mic, “Sexual Violence Art Installation Aims to End Violence,” Feb 2013

Bitch, “Feminist Facebook Army: How Force Spoofed Victoria’s Secret,” Jan 2013

Business Insider, “Is This What a Victoria’s Secret Sabotage Looks Like?,” December 2012

Electronic Frontiers Foundation: “I See London I See France,” Dec 2012

Ms Magazine, “Activists Project Rape is Rape onto US Capitol Building,” Oct, 2012

Selected Press



  • La Track Artist Residency

  • Grant for Faculty Research and Creative Development, MICA

  • Curriculum Enhancement Grant, MICA


  • Grantee with FORCE, T Rowe Price Foundation, Baker Foundation, the Krieger Fund, Robert W Deustch Foundation, Baltimore Community Foundation


  • Blue Mountain Center Artist Residency

  • Grantee with FORCE, the Grit Fund, Robert W Deutsch Foundation


  • Janet + Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize

  • Community-Based Learning Grant, MICA

  • Grantee with FORCE, Art Matters Foundation, Baltimore Mayors Office, MECU Neighborhood Arts, Baltimore Community Foundation


  • Open Society Institute-Baltimore Community Fellowship

  • Community-Based Learning Grant, MICA

  • Best Do Gooder, Baltimore City Paper

  • Brenner Grant, MICA

  • Glamour Magazine’s Hometown Hero, Maryland

  • Baltimore Magazine 40 Under 40

  • Grantee w/ FORCE, Harnisch Foundation, PNC Transformative Art Prize


  • Fast Company Top 100 Creative People in Business

  • 30 Under 30, Maryland Art Place

  • Community Engagement Grant, MICA

  • Grantee with FORCE, Research Associates Foundation, Sparkplug Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant program partner


  • Ralph K. Morris Cooperative Leadership Award

  • Ignition Grant, Ignite Baltimore

  • Community Engagement Grant, MICA

  • Community Service Grant, MICA


  • MA Community Arts Scholarship

  • Community Service Grant, MICA


  • Windgate Fellowship Nominee

  • The Winifred M. Gordon ‘28 International Programs Award


  • Fiber Departmental Recognition Award

  • William Ferguson Merit Scholarship

Teaching Experience

Faculty, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Undergraduate and Graduate Courses - 81.5 Total Credits - Courses taught:

  • Philosophy and Pedagogy of Teaching College Art - Graduate professional development course

  • MFA Community Art, Making Art in Community - Thesis course

  • MFA Community Art, Community Arts Residency - Field experience for collaborative work with graduate students

  • Forum and Elements of Visual Thinking - First year, 2-semester course introducing critique and studio practice

  • Art Matters - First year, introductory art history course

  • Finding Baltimore - First year introduction to community art

  • Fashioning Culture - 300 level seminar and studio

  • Cooperative: The Sewing Circle - 300 level seminar and studio

Pre-College Faculty, MICA - 9 Total Credits - Courses taught:

  • Sculpture

Community Art Experience

2010-Present - Co-Founder and Creative Director - FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture.

2015-2016 - Artist and Collective Member, Luminous Intervention.

2011-2013 - Media Producer, United Workers Media Team

2011-2013 - Co-Founder and Cooperative Member, Mother Made Baltimore

2008-2010 - Artist in Residence, House f Ruth Maryland/AmeriCorps.

Lectures and Workshops

2019 - American University, Artist Talk, Washington, DC

2018 - Decriminalize Survival Workshop, NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault Prevention Summit Greensboro, NC

2018 - Keynote Presentation, Maryland Art Educators Association Conference, Towson, MD

2018 - Moderator, Social Fabrics: Textiles, Collective Action, + Social Movement, Maryland Institute College of Art

2018 - Park School Artist Residency: Artist Talk and Workshop, Baltimore, MD

2017 - Visiting Artist: Artist Talk and Studio Visits, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH

2017 - Artist Talk and Consent Workshop, Ohio University, Athens, OH

2017 - Artist Talk, Towson University, Towson, MD

2017 - Consent Workshop, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

2016 - Trainer, Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Prevention, Online

2016 - Keynote Speaker, Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, Nashville, TN

2016 - Panelist, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Baltimore, MD

2016 - Consent Workshop, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

2015 - Artist Talk and Studio Visits, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

2015 - Artist Talk, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD

2015 - Trainer, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault Training, online

2015 - Trainer, Native Alliance Against Violence, onlineWorkshop, Planned Parenthood Generation Action Conference, Washington, DC

2015 - Workshop, Johns Hopkins University Digital Media Center, Baltimore, MD

2014 - Freshmen Orientation Consent Workshop, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2014 - Consent Workshop, Ohio University, Athen, OH

2014 - Artist talk and Workshop, University of Illinois Women’s Center, Champaign, IL

2014 - Workshop, Allied Media Conference, Detroit, MI

2014 - Artist Talk and Workshop, Millersville University, Lancaster, PA

2014 - Consent Workshop, St Michael’s College, Colchester, VT

2014 - Speaker, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault Training, Charlotte, NC

2013 - Communications Workshop, Louisiana Conference on Sexual Assault & Family Violence, Baton Rouge, LA

2013 - Artist Talk, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

2013 - Artist Talk and Consent Workshop, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

2013 - Artist Talk and Consent Workshop, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI

2013 - Artist Talk and Consent Workshop, South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA

2013 - Artist Talk, George Washington University, Washington DC


2019 - Final Monument Quilt Display on the National Mall, Washington, DC

2018 - Monument Quilt Display at University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

2018 - International Women’s Day, Rothko Chapel, Houston, TX

2018 - Honoring MMIW, Two Rivers Gallery at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, Minneapolis, MN

2018 - Dusk and Dawn, Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore, MD

2018 - Community! Here and Now, Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel, MD

2018 - Waving and Wavering, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

2018 - Worth Of Belief Protest, University of Baltimore, MD

2017 - FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, Park School Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2017 - Take Back the Fight: Resisting Sexual Violence from the Ground Up, New York, NY

2017 - Monument Quilt Displays: Okmulgee, OK; Fort Hood, TX; Phoenix, AZ; San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, CA; Santa Barbara, CA; San Francisco, CA; El Paso, TX; Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; Athens, Ohio

2017 - We Will Not Be Silent, Projection in collaboration w/ Luminous Intervention + DISCLOSE, Washington, DC

2016 - Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalist Exhibition, Baltimore Museum of Art

2016 - Not Alone Baltimore: A Monument Quilt Display on North Avenue, MD

2016 - Monument Quilt Display: National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC

2016 - No DAPL Protest and Banner Drop, Union Station, Washington, DC

2015 - Monument Quilt Tour: Sundance, Park City, UT; Free Marissa Now, Jackonsville, FL; Walk for Justice, DC

2015 - Artist Run Art Fair, Artscape, Baltimore, MD

2014 - Monument Quilt Tour: Arden, NC; Birmingham, AL; Quapaw, OK; Des Moines, IA; White River, SD; Fox Valley, WI; Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh, PA; NYC, NY; Durham, NC; Baltimore, MD; Middletown, CT

2014 - Shades of Impact, Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkely, CA

2014 - Ripple, VisArts, Rockville, MD

2014 - Gutsy, Gallery CA, Baltimore, MD

2013 - Congregate, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

2013 - From Joy to Terror, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, DE

2013 - Down Through the Needle’s Eye, EMP Collective, Baltimore, MD

2013 - I Can’t Forget What Happened, But No One Else Remembers, Lincoln Memorial, D.C.

2012 - PINK loves CONSENT, social media + Victoria’s Secret stores

2012 - Rape Is Rape, The Capital Building, D.C.

2012 - Water Sonettos, In/Flux Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2012 - Protest Through Art, Brickhaus, Baltimore, MD

2012 - Power Play: Recent Work by Hannah Brancato, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

2011 - CART, Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2011 - Roots Festival, Load Of Fun Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2011 - Pedestrian Service Exquisite, Transmodern Festival, Baltimore, MD