Somer Hahm is a visual artist living and making work in Fairbanks, Alaska. She received a BFA from University of Montana, Missoula in 2005 and an MFA, with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing, from University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 2008. Her past works drew directly from nature, often combining colorful abstraction with flora and fauna. Interested in the plants found locally in the Tanana Valley, she designed and released an annual series of educational botanical posters for children. In 2017 Somer was named Artist of the Year by the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.
With robust involvement in the Fairbanks art community, Somer has spent time teaching painting and drawing workshops for the Folk School of Fairbanks and Well Street Art Company, has created performance art with the Fairbanks Ladies of Wrestling, and enjoys her employment as Fairbanks Arts Associations Exhibition Technician, installing the rotating art exhibits at the Bear Gallery.
Somer's recent body of work has been directly inspired by the wealth of the American Patchwork, and investigates the timeless beauty of quilt block designs. A large series of hard edge abstractions titled "The Painted Quilt" was exhibited in January 2020 at Fairbanks Arts Associations Wandering Bear Gallery.
Motivated to create community involvement and interest in public art, Somer founded the Far North Quilt Trail Project in July of 2019 . With grant support from local non-profit Our Two Cents, Inc. , the Rasumuson Foundation, the Alaska Chapter of the Awesome Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Somer began creating Alaska’s first barn quilt trail in Fairbanks in the summer of 2020.