Carol’s bio & professional info



My paintings are specific but not site-specific. They are an emotional response to memory, travel, and feelings of a place in time. I keep exploring ways of freeing form through color and texture and hope my paintings will trigger an emotional response in the viewer independent of my own experiences.


I was born in Indiana, but came west at a very early age with my mother, three brothers and an ailing father. My mother supported the family by taking in laundry and selling eggs. Later, as my dad’s health improved, we started moving for work that my dad could do. I went to 13 schools in 12 years, and, always being the “new kid” I was fortunate to make friends quickly. I initially trained as a paralegal, but with my return to college I discovered art – something that I had not been exposed to before. I loved it!


Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) and K-12 Teaching Certification, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon (1977).

Master of Fine Art (MFA) in Painting and Drawing, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington (1983).

Professional & Teaching Experience

  • 1981-90 Instructor and program developer of Fiber Arts, and Housing & Interiors at Central Washington University.
  • 1985-92 Adjunct art instructor, Yakima Valley Community College.
  • 1989-2006 Director of Larson Gallery, YVCC
  • 2008-2015 Advisory Board, College of Arts and Humanities, Central WA University.
  • 2010-2015 Executive Director and Curator, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA


  • Art-Link: Teacher’s Travel Guide, with David Lynx (Yakima Valley Museum), 2003.
  • Warp, Weft, Craft and Art (1983; revised 1989).
  • Artsvan: Resource & Curriculum Guide, An Arts In Education Program (1988)
  • Visualizations: A Companion Guide for Drawing, Painting and Design with R.A.Fisher (1987).

Recent Honors

  • 2014   Theo Award presented by the Board of Trustees of Gallery One for outstanding contributions in the arts.
  • 2006   Larson Gallery Guild’s Annual Arts Recognition Award
  • 2004   Washington Museum Association for Art-Link: Teacher’s Travel Guide.
  • 2001   Governor’s Arts Award for the State of Washington.
  • 1993   Yakima County YWCA, Woman of Achievement in the Arts.
  • 1992   Kennedy Center Award for Artsvan: Resource & Curriculum Guide.
  • 1988   Allied Arts Council of Yakima Education Award for Artsvan: Resource & Curriculum Guide.
  • 1984-2015 various awards from national and local juried exhibitions.

Additional Curatorial Experience

  • 2004-present Director of Art On the Wall, Capitol Theatre, Yakima
  • Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia
  • Artist Trust awards panelist.
  • Seattle Art Museum, The Photography Council
  • Juror for many state and local art exhibitions

Recent Exhibitions

2018     Side by Side, K.L.Brewer Gallery, Selah; with Bob Fisher.

Sense of Site, Boxx Gallery, Tieton; with Bob Fisher.

2015     Kittitas County Juried Show, Gallery One, Ellensburg.

2014     59th Central Washington Artist’s Juried Exhibition, Larson Gallery, Yakima.

Our Light, curated show at Yakima Light Project Gallery, The Seasons, Yakima.

Reflections of Water, Gard Cellars, Ellensburg

2013     Through a Chinese Window, invitational show, Gallery One, Ellensburg.

In Case You Were Wondering, invitational show, Allied Arts, Yakima, WA.

2012     Italy Revisited, CWU President’s Reception Center, Ellensburg.

2011     Reflections of Italy, 2-person exhibit with Bob Fisher, Larson Gallery, Yakima.

2010     Crossroads and Connections II, Alumni Exhibition, Spurgeon Gallery, CWU, Ellensburg.

Women Artists: Where We Are Now, group exhibit, Gallery One (Ellensburg) and Larson Gallery (Yakima).

2009     Kittitas County Women in the Arts, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, CWU, Ellensburg.

Ebb and Flow, Oak Hollow Gallery, Yakima, with Bob Fisher.

2008     Art of the Home, invitational show, Carnegie Art Center, Walla Walla.

Daniel DeSiga & Friends, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, CWU, Ellensburg

Temptation: A Mixed Media Invitational, Allied Arts, Yakima.

Beyond Boundaries: 35 Chicago Artists Connect with 12 Yakima Area Artists, Larson Gallery, Yakima.

2007     Birds in Fact and Fantasy, invitational show, Allied Arts Gallery, Richland.

Between Here and There, Oak Hollow Gallery, Yakima, with Bob Fisher.

2006     Yakima Ridges–Then and Now, Allied Arts, Yakima.

Exploring Place: Women Artists Working in Central Washington, invitational show, Esvelt Gallery, Columbia Basin College, Pasco.

Carol Hassen: A Retrospective Exhibition, Larson Gallery, Yakima.

2005     Color and Fantasy, Allied Arts Gallery, Richland, with Lisa Day.


Yakima Valley Museum, Yakima, WA
Capitol Theatre, Yakima, WA
Private collections in Costa Rica, Washington, Oregon, California, and Utah