Hanako O’Leary hails from the grand suburban expanse of the “Chicago-land-area.” She started her art life at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, graduating with a BFA in Ceramic Sculpture. Feeling confined by the academic fine art world, she left the Midwest looking to interact with a more diverse public. Upon arriving in Seattle, she started working in cultural and community-based art nonprofits. As an arts administrator, she hopes to create opportunities for those working outside the traditional canon of institutional aesthetics. As a working artist in Seattle, Hanako is a painter and ceramic sculptor. She currently a resident artist at Seward Park Clay Studio.