Born to a military family Mana Hewitt has lived in Arizona, England, Florida, Illinois, and South Carolina. With a mother that was an art teacher she was drawn to art from childhood. She studied at the University of SC where she earned her BA and MFA. Mana is a Senior Instructor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Visual Art and Design of the University of South Carolina. Her work has taken many forms over the years including ceramics, painting and metal and is included in numerous collections including the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, the Arkansas Arts Center, the SCANA Corporation, First Citizens Bank Headquarters, the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina State Museum, the Lieberman Collection NY, the Federal Reserve, an Palmetto-Richland Children's Hospital. Among numerous awards, she received the South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowship in Crafts, named a Southern Arts Foundation Artist, and inclusion in the 2012 edition of "100 Southern Artists."
I have always been compelled to create. Thus I work with my hands and perhaps I think with them as well. This has led to my interest in metal. I am intrigued by metal’s transformation from rigidity to vibrant and fluid designs through hammering, etching, casting, and effort. My goal is to create works that are aesthetically pleasing and conceptually interesting. When all is said and done I find satisfaction when an idea turns into a successful work that I can share with others.