professor, art, Ohio State University
Ann Hamilton is a visual artist internationally recognized for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multi-media installations. Noted for a dense accumulation of materials, her liminal environments create immersive experiences that poetically respond to the architectural presence and social history of their sites. Born in Lima, Ohio in 1956, Hamilton received a BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas in 1979 and an MFA in Sculpture from the Yale University School of Art in 1985. Among her many honors, she has been a recipient of the Heinz Award, MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship and United States Artists Fellowship and was chosen to represent the United States at the 48th Venice Biennale. Most recently, she has participated in The Third Mind exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York with human carriage, a site-specific commission installed along the spiral ramp of the museum. Presently, she is working on several public art projects and is preparing for a 2010 project installation at the Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis.