For Hannah Fagadau, art is a calling. A self-described “theater geek” throughout her childhood, the Dallas native attended New York University to hone her craft. But the latent influence of her grandmother, an art dealer and champion of the Dallas arts scene, and her collector parents would prove too strong to deny, and she found herself developing a passion for art history while roaming museums on free days in the city.
“Being in a museum feels like home,” says Fagadau, who eventually earned a master’s degree in arts administration from Columbia University and served locally in various capacities at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dunn and Brown Gallery, and the Dallas Contemporary. In 2018, her sister, Hilary—herself a gallery director in L.A.—approached her about a collaboration at the 2019 Dallas Art Fair.
Just a few months after their debut, they founded 12.26, a contemporary gallery in the Design District that strives to highlight emerging voices and mid-career artists. Fagadau feels a sense of solidarity with the up-and-coming, particularly female, artists she curates for 12.26. “Being young women [in the art world], people sometimes have a hard time taking us seriously,” she says. “But we have to remind ourselves that we can play with the big boys.”
Favorite local restaurant (and go-to order): Carbone’s for spaghetti and meatballs!
Favorite local museum: Nasher Sculpture Center
Place not enough people know about but should: PRP (purp)—an artist-run exhibition space in West Dallas
Favorite weekend activity: Sunday night dinners with my cousin Flauren, her husband, and their amazing kids
Most influential or inspiring unsung Dallasite: Kevin Rubén Jacobs. He is a gallery owner (OFG.XXX) and has his own art installation and transportation business (Pushkin & Gogol). He does it all!
Favorite local charity to support: These days? Planned Parenthood or Texas Equal Access Fund
Biggest splurge item in your home: Knoll Saarinen
What can a person never have too much of in their home? Art
Favorite candle/scent: Feu de Bois by Diptyque
Favorite art or coffee table book: Great Women Artists (Phaidon)
Piece of clothing you reach for more than any other: My black and white Valeria dress by Mi Golondrina. I wear it all year round and can dress it up or down.
One thing everyone should have in their closet: A well-tailored blazer. My favorite is one by Isabel Marant that I bought over 10 years ago. I would clone it if I could.
Fashion piece you can’t live without: High-waist knit pants from High Sport. Check them out if you haven’t already! It is founded and designed by former Dallasite, Alissa Zachary.
Favorite travel destination: Aspen, Colorado
Guilty pleasure: Murder mysteries/true crime and Domino’s pizza
Favorite item you purchased in the last year: A painting by one of our artists, J.A Feng. I had my eye on it for a long time and I finally pulled the trigger.
Instant mood booster: My dog, Murphy