2021-22 Season Artwork
2021-22 Yakima Symphony Orchestra Season Art
On the brochure and program cover:
“Palm Springs #1” by Cheryl H. Hahn
Graphite and color pencil with acrylic on paper, 2019
Photo by Rick Baumgardner
Artist’s Statement: My work depicts organic, biomorphic shapes enfolded within dynamic, colorful compositions that allude to landscape, botanical growth, and abundance. In general, the mixed media-on-wood paintings and drawings are focused on releasing an animating energy. 

In “Palm Springs #1,” I was impressed by the majesty of a magnificent palm tree that I passed every day during my walks while in Palm Springs in 2019. The unfolding, undulating “umbrella” of palm fronds is expressed in this work. My goal was not to imitate nature, but to connect with it in a more spiritual way. While making this work, I tied to capture the alchemy of light, color, form and patterns that transcend what we see as the “real” world. “Palm Springs #1” is part of a series of seven drawings made with graphite, color pencil and acrylic on Arches paper that clearly illustrates this complex “organic surrealism.”

I relate to harmonic and hidden energies that inform, support and breathe life into all that is around us. I see and feel such harmonies and energies both in art and music, and am honored that the YSO has chosen this work to grace the cover of the 2021-2022 season booklet. I desire that the beauty of my visual “language” will find a home in the hearts of all concert goers this year as we collectively celebrate the symphony’s 50th anniversary. 

Photo by Gary Miller


About the artist: Cheryl H. Hahn is a Pacific Northwest artist living in Central Washington who creates abstract mixed media works typified by intense color and texture. The artist holds an MFA degree from Southern Illinois University and completed post-graduate work at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D. C. Hahn has participated in exhibitions in the Northwest and also throughout the United States including California, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Washington D.C., Wisconsin, Virginia, and Senzhen, China. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections including, Echo Incorporated – Lake Zurich, IL, The Johnson Law Group, Seattle, WA, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, and the Yakima Valley Museum, Yakima, WA. She was recently featured in International Contemporary Artists, Volume 11, and earned a Villbrandt “Award of Excellence in Painting” in the 2014 Central Washington Artists Exhibition. Cheryl was awarded an Artist-in-Residency at the State University of New York – Oswego in 2006 and in 2004 was chosen as a Resident Artist/Educator at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. Since moving to the Northwest in 1995, Cheryl has exhibited her work in numerous Northwest venues including Patricia Cameron Gallery and Atelier 31 Gallery in Seattle, Seattle Pacific University, the Helen S. Smith Gallery of Green River Community College, Gallery 110, the Bellevue Art Museum, Everett Center for the Arts, Shoreline Community College, Larson Gallery, and the Port Angeles Fine Art Center, among others.

Hahn’s artistic output including paintings, sculpture, and installations combines a symbolic abstraction that embraces elements of nature, science, language, and metaphysics; she uses a variety of materials that are applied to unprimed birch and maple panels and paper surfaces. Her work embraces a universe that is always in motion; a world where organic forms resonate with energy, vibration, and repetition. The artist’s aesthetic has been informed by numerous artists including Arthur Dove, Charles Burchfield, Wassily Kandinsky, Hilma Af Klint, Georgia OKeeffe, and other early American modernists, as well as Northwest masters such as Mark Tobey and Morris Graves.

Complementing her studio practice, has been Hahn’s devotion to artistic curatorial endeavors, critical writing, and lecturing; she has served as a contributing writer to the Seattle based publication: Art Access and has written reviews for Art Papers. Cheryl has also directed several workshops and hosted lectures for numerous groups, universities, and galleries including the Francine Seders Gallery, Gallery One, Snohomish Fine Art Center, Edmonds Fine Art Museum, and the University of Washington. She has also earned curatorial grants from Humanities Washington, the Washington State Arts Commission, the Illinois Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities and other groups and foundations.

MFA: Southern Illinois University; BS: Indiana State University; Also studied: Herron School of Art, and Chicago Art Institute summer program – Saugatuck, MI