Visual Arts

Nolan Haan: The Futility of Envy

February 13 – March 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, February 12, 6 – 9 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, March 24, 6:30 pm


Nolan Haan is a portrait artist. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Samoa, Haan taught himself to paint by doing portraits of the local villagers. After a decade, he returned to America and painted portraits of ducks for eight years. Currently he paints portraits of concrete blocks and cinder block walls in acrylic on silk.

The Futility of Envy is an installation of nine paintings of cinder block walls that want to be something they’re not. A cinder block wall wanting to be stone. Another longing to be a window. Not satisfied with being dense concrete, others want to be delicate lace or a draped curtain. One simply wants to be touched. Alas, the futility of envy.

Nolan Haan Artist Talk

Thursday, March 24, 6:30 pm


Nolan Haan will delve into his artistic evolution and practice from his early Peace Corps days to his current Cinder Block Wall series. Free with gallery admission.

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Posted by Art and Culture Center/Hollywood on Monday, February 22, 2016

Image: Nolan Haan, A cinder block wall that wants to be lace, 2015, Acrylic on silk, mounted on hardboard panel, 72 × 48 in.

Nolan Haan: The Futility of Envy is funded in part by a grant from the Gay and Lesbian Broward Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward.

Funding Acknowledgements

Funding Logos: State of Florida, Broward County, City of Hollywood

The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported in part by its members, admissions, private entities, the City of Hollywood, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. We welcome donations from all members of the community who wish to support our work.