Soren Hope ’15
Studio Art Major
Based in Abiquiu, NM

“I make narrative paintings, primarily with oil paint on canvas. The figures in my paintings are often fumbling or grasping, struggling against perceived obstacles or interruptions. These narratives usually take place in grand bucolic settings, creating tension between the myopic absorption of the task and the vastness of the surrounding scene.”

Professional Life Post-Carleton


  • Home of the Brave Residency, Cisco, UT


  • Five Paintings, Solo Exhibition, Arts Center at Duck Creek, Springs, NY


  • Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT

Favorite memory of life at Carleton

“Fred’s South Pacific trip was one of my favorite experiences of my life. I developed my ability and interest in rendering space through painting and drawing the landscapes that we visited on that trip. I am so grateful to have had the chance to visit the environments that we went to, ranging from coral reefs to wallaby habitats. I sealed the deal on my life-long best friendship with Sara Brooks on that trip as well.”

Favorite memory of studying with Dan Bruggeman and Fred Hagstrom

“The figurative paintings that I do today are inextricably informed by the figure drawing and painting I did under the teaching of Fred and Dan. I remember Fred describing once how his regular practice of figure drawing early in his life was at the root of everything he made since, and that has certainly been true in my experience. I did an independent study with Dan in the spring of my sophomore year, about nakedness and nudity in paintings and the relationship between the two, which sprouted some of the seedlings of thought that are behind my work today.”