Vandorn Hinnant

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Vandorn Hinnant
Vandorn Hinnant and his The Transformative Vision sand diagram.jpg
Vandorn Hinnant and his flower of life diagram drawing in the sand called The Transformative Vision at Wrightsville Beach, NC, May, 2017.
EducationNorth Carolina A&T University, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Vandorn Hinnant (born 1953) is a visual artist, poet and educator based in Durham, North Carolina.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Hinnant grew up in Old Asheboro neighborhood in Greensboro, North Carolina.[3] Hinnant received a Bachelor of Art's degree from North Carolina A&T University and attended at UNC Greensboro to study visual art. After college he moved to New York City and worked for the printmaker Josef Werner.[1][2]


In 1988 Hinnant exhibited work based on the 13th century Fibonacci numbers and Lucas Pacioli's treatise.[4] He began studying Sacred Geometry formally in 1989 with his mentor, inventor and physicist Robert L. Powell, Sr.[5] In the 1980s Hinnant introduced fractal mathematics, the Golden Ratio, the Logarithmic Spiral, Sacred Geometery and most currently STEAM concepts into his work to explore metaphysical ideas.[4][6][7][8][9][10][11] The ancient architectures in Egypt, India, Rome and Greece that use these concepts were his original influences, unpacking "pre-material template of energies," he said.[6] Hinnant also has referenced Buckminster Fuller, Leonardo da Vinci, Frank Lloyd Wright and M.C. Escher as inspirations because of their use of geometry and math in making their artworks. Part of his objective is to catalyze dialogue through and around his work, connect these concepts to human relationships and encouraging education around the golden proportion.[6][12][13]

In 1991 Hinnant was a founding member of the African American Atelier in Greensboro, of which he was a member of its first board.[14] In 1999 he was a featured artist in Round 10 of Project Row Houses.[15] His work was on display at Fayetteville Museum of Art in 1998 and 2006.[12] In 2009 his work was in a two-person show with John Hiigli about math and structure.[16] In 2011 Hinnant's work was included in an exhibition about mathematics through art at Antioch College. This exhibition also included work by Sol LeWitt, Karen Finley, DJ Spooky, Dread Scott, and John Sims.[17]

In 2014 Hinnant's work was included in an exhibition about the golden ratio at the Saugerties Performing Arts Factory in New York.[18] His work was also in an exhibition at The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture at Alabama State University.[19] His work was included in the Museum of the Golden Ratio, a virtual museum of artworks.[8] In 2015 there was a survey of Hinnant's work at North Carolina Central University Art Museum, the Winston-Salem State University and the Cameron Museum of Art in Wilmington, NC.[9] In his exhibit at Winston-Salem State University's Diggs Gallery included a tribute installation called Inquiries and Destinations: A Sound Room for Terry Adkins, inspired and dedicated by the late artist.[6]

In 2016 over forty of Hinnant's works, spanning 35 years, were featured at the Rosenthal Gallery at Fayetteville State University.[20] His work was also included in an exhibition called African American Abstraction at City Gallery East in Atlanta that same year.[21]

In 2017 Hinnant created two-story public sculpture, called Monument to Leadership, for Fayetteville State University's 150 year anniversary. The piece represented the pioneering vision of the school.[22]

He was commissioned in 2018 by the city of Greensboro to design an artwork on the Bragg Street Downtown Greenway.[3][23]

Hinnant's work is in public collections at the Atlanta International Airport, Wachovia Bank, Capital Broadcasting Company in Raleigh, NationsBank in Charlotte, Miller Brewing Company, Duke University Medical Center, Phizer Pharmaceuticals, Brandywine Workshop Collection and the Cumberland County Public Library among others.[24][25] His work is also featured at the Piedmont Triad International Airport.[26] Hinnant was a 1994 recipient of the North Carolina Artist Fellowship.[27]


Many of Hinnant's works explore mandalas, a visual spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. He uses circles, lines, angles, polyhedrons and color and tint to explore mandalas in his drawings, paintings and sculpture which are often installed together.[6]

Together We Rise[edit]

Hinnant's city-commissioned eleven-foot sculpture called Together We Rise was installed in Corpening Plaza, Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 2014. He used geometry as a metaphor for the collaboration and harmony of the two different cities. The piece is stacked isosceles triangles made of stainless steel and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the two communities of Winston and Salem uniting in 1913. The surfaces of the triangles include text and images such as quotes by Maya Angelou and Margaret Mead and women activists who supported racial equality during the late 1800s, that helped to unpack its conceptual themes.[28][29][30][31][32]


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  2. ^ a b "Vandorn Hinnant, Artist | Carolina Bronze Sculpture Garden". Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  3. ^ a b c Report, Staff. "Downtown Greenway artist to share artwork ideas with public at Monday meeting". Greensboro News & Record. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  4. ^ a b Germain, Stephanie (17 Nov 1988). "The Chronicle". Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  5. ^ "An Experience of Sacred Geometry In The Human Dimension with Vandorn Hinnant and AnaMaria Walle | The First United Metaphysical Chapel". Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Hinnant's 25-year retrospective beautiftilly installed". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  7. ^ Clifton, Jason; Crider, Bernadette Trabue; Dean, Sandra M.; Fusfield, Robert; Hahn, Cheryl H.; Hinnant, Vandorn; Kallweit, Richard; Saracino, Jennifer; Simon, Sue (2016). The Golden Spiral: Fibonacci, Sacred Geometry and Divine Proportion. Larson Gallery. ISBN 9780989444637.
  8. ^ a b "VANDORN HINNANT". Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  9. ^ a b Perry, Christine M. "Vandorn Hinnant: Explorer of Form". Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  10. ^ "Art STEM Interface :: IRAAA". Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  11. ^ Seven, Summer Hill (2011). Squircular!: An Actor's Tale. AuthorHouse. ISBN 9781452095653.
  12. ^ a b writer, Rodger Mullen Staff. "Vandorn Hinnant exhibit combines geometry, art". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  13. ^ "vandorn hinnant – Richmond IONS". Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  14. ^, Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane. "Exhibit marks African American Atelier's 25th anniversary". Greensboro News & Record. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  15. ^ "Round 10". Project Row Houses. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  16. ^ "Math Points to Art and Poetry in New York's Bowery This Fall | Mathematical Association of America". Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  17. ^ "Exhibition at Antioch College Explores Mathematics through the Arts | Antioch College". Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  18. ^ "ART BEAT: 'The Perfect Measure' opens April 12 in Saugerties". Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  19. ^ "Alabama State University pdf" (PDF).
  20. ^ "Vandorn Hinnant: Explorer of Form and the Beauty of Number - Handmade NC". Handmade NC. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  21. ^ " Magazine Reviews - Letter from Atlanta". Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  22. ^ Vendituoli, Monica. "Fayetteville State University kicks off sesquicentennial celebration". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  23. ^ "Downtown Greenway Hosts Public Meetings in Ole Asheboro/Asheboro Square | YES! Weekly". YES! Weekly. 2018-01-25. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  24. ^ Edmunds, Allan L. (2004). Three Decades of American Printmaking: The Brandywine Workshop Collection. Hudson Hills. ISBN 9781555952419.
  25. ^ "Art at the Library | ccplic". Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  26. ^ "Piedmont Triad International Airport pdf" (PDF).
  27. ^ "NC Artist Fellowship Listing" (PDF).
  28. ^ Journal, Wesley Young/Winston-Salem. "Sculpture commemorating city's centennial unveiled". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  29. ^ "Artist picked for city anniversary project - WS Chronicle". WS Chronicle. 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  30. ^ "Power2Give, Death and the Robot, Must Be the Holy Ghost, and Jacob Felder". 88.5 WFDD. 2014-06-27. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  31. ^ "City of Winston-Salem | News". Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  32. ^ "Arts Council Supports Two Power2Give Projects - Seeks Community Assistance - The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County". The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County. 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2018-04-22.

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