I grew up
in Waterville, Kansas. The first time I dressed for Halloween
I knew masking was special. Taking many anthropology classes
at Kansas State University and meeting people from other cultures
was an enlightening experience for me. In August, 1992, I purchased
my first ethnic mask. Two days later I had three masks; a month
later – four. Now my collection has grown into the hundreds,
representing more than forty countries and many Native American
I share them
with you today, because the masks are truly wonderful pieces
of art, and I feel we can learn much from other cultures.
traditions can teach us how these cultures deal with their lives
and their environment.
I wish to thank
my family and friends who have encouraged me through my mask
journey, and who brought me masks from their world travels.
My thanks to
Paul Benson, conservator, who guided me in protecting, cleaning,
repairing and mounting my collection. I especially want to thank
Clifton Hall of Photographic Creations for his beautiful images.
Carla Hanson can participate in radio, television and print media interviews
and demonstrations to promote the exhibit in your market area.
She is also available to speak at openings, gallery walks, lectures and
Her extensive knowledge of masks and masking traditions, and her engaging style of
audience interaction has made her a popular guest speaker at museums and schools.