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Hanna Stiebel

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Hanna Stiebel until we are able to commission a full entry.

Sculptor Hanna Stiebel standing beside her piece "Tuning Fork." Photo courtesy of the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan.

Hanna Nosovsky Stiebel used her background in dance to create graceful, dynamic outdoor sculpture installations. Born in Poland and raised in Israel, Stiebel moved to New York to study dance with Martha Graham and learned to understand balance and position in dance through studying with sculptor Manolo Pasqual. She studied at the Cranbook Academy of Art in Michigan, earning degrees there in 1962 and 1963 before traveling to Florence, Italy for a summer to learn the art of bronze casting. She worked to synthesize her interests in dance, mathematics, and physics in her art, creating huge works designed for the specific environments where they would be installed. After teaching for several years at the Roeper City and Country School in Michigan, Stiebel briefly served as director of the school’s art program, and also served as director of music and dance for United Hebrew Schools, but returned to creating art full time. One of her most noted works, 1981’s “Rhythms and Vibrations” at the Meadow Brook Music Festival Grounds in Michigan, is sixty feet long and fifteen feet high and combines curved and angled aluminum pillars in a graceful representation of sound waves.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Hanna Stiebel." (Viewed on October 1, 2023) <>.


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