On October 22nd, 2022, our beautiful Hannah Jillane Sicora left this world from a heart attack while performing a live art show that she had created that represented her experience of the pandemic. Of Hannah’s entire works of art, her performances were her crowning glory – she was so proud of the performances and loved connecting with people through her art.
Hannah arrived in this world on August 8, 1991, in room number 8 at 8:08 pm. Hannah grew up in St. Louis Park, MN and graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 2009. She loved singing soprano with Project Opera, playing cello and piano, swimming with Park Orioles, making incredible coffee, wearing high heels, and all things art including illustrating for the high school newspaper and doodling extensively on her homework. Hannah had a natural curiosity and desire to better understand the world around her; she could often be found watching documentaries or plugged into a podcast. Growing up sailing gave Hannah an unbridled confidence and joy when sailing her 19 foot Cape Dory sailboat named Nya Lou on Bde Maka Ska, especially when it involved celebrating friends, music, and life.
Hannah graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from University of Wisconsin Stout in 2015. However, it was her extraordinary intrinsic artistic talent and a painting class at Stout that pushed her into a career in the Fine Arts. She created acrylic paintings of just about anything – especially beloved pets and her favorite, the human body. Her sketchbook was her daily journal; her poetic biography.
Hannah’s love of speaking Spanish and visiting Spanish countries began in kindergarten when she attended Park Spanish Immersion. As a young girl, she went to Puerto Rico and Mexico with her family and fit right in with the local speakers. In college, this love resulted in a study-abroad experience in Barcelona, Spain and a minor in Spanish. The past year and half, she lived in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where she prided herself in her Spanish speaking ability.
In Mexico, Hannah lived the life she had always wanted: being part of a strong community that is rich in culture, music, and art. Hannah felt deeply, expressed herself fully, was brilliantly creative, had an incomparable sense of humor and was led by courageous vulnerability in all she did. She was a ray of sunshine whose passion for art and social justice impacted the world, which was demonstrated by her well-known George Floyd sign used in the 2020 Minneapolis racial justice protests and Brianna Taylor mural.
Hannah will be missed greatly by her parents, Jill (Peterson) and Tim Barbour, sister Britta Sicora whose special bond with Hannah will never be severed (especially when skiing in their strawberry and blueberry colored vintage one-piece ski suits), stepsister Maddie Barbour, stepbrother Jack Barbour, loving cat Maverick, and many friends and family. She is preceded in death by her father, Thomas Sicora.
Hannah’s life will be celebrated in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico on November 25, 2022, and on December 21, 2022, at Nightingale restaurant in Minneapolis (2551 Lyndale Ave S) from 12 - 3pm. Some of Hannah’s ashes will be buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Milaca, MN.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, please consider donating to a fundraiser site we have set up to support the art community: https://fundrazr.com/c260k2?ref=ab_8QsVPhCZ9GJ8QsVPhCZ9GJ
The outpouring of love for Hannah has been nothing short of incredible and a true testament to the power of Hannah’s impact. Your thoughts, prayers, and kind words have been deeply comforting to her family and friends.