Hazel (Hazel Antaramian Hofman) is an artist, adjunct college art instructor, and independent scholar. Born in Soviet Armenia, she migrated to the United States at the age of five. From her early years in Wisconsin to her later years in California, Hazel focused on disciplines in the arts and sciences. At nineteen, she left for Los Angeles to study fashion design. She worked as an illustrator for several years in the advertising field for Los Angeles-based companies and as a freelance fashion illustrator. In the late 1980s she followed a career path in the sciences, where she worked in the environmental field for over ten years. Before she returned to Fresno from Southern California, Hazel received her Associate degree in fashion design and illustration; her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, with a minor in biology; and a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning.
After starting a family, Hazel re-entered the art field and attended the arts graduate program at Fresno State University, focusing her work on medieval Armenian art as well as resuming studio work. In the field of art history, she presented her graduate research at numerous national conferences, received several awards and grants supporting her studies, and published journal articles in the field. In the area of studio art, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions and received several exhibition grants; and most recently made her inaugural exhibition of work regarding the repatriation to Soviet Armenia at the Armenian Museum in Fresno. She received a Master of Arts in Art and Design from Fresno State University in December 2011, and received the Outstanding Thesis Award from the College of Arts and Humanities in the Spring 2011-12 graduate year. She is currently working on her doctorate in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts.
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