Ann Hamilton (artist)
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June 22, 1956 |
|Field||Installation, Textiles, Sculpture, Video, Photography, Printmaking|
|Training||University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS - BFA in Textile Design; Yale University, New Haven, CT - MFA in Sculpture|
|Awards||Heinz Award (2008), United States Artists Fellowship (2007), Environmental Design Research Association Place Design Award (2002), American Society of Landscape Architects Design Award (2002), Progressive Architecture Citation Award (1997), NEA Visual Arts Fellowship (1993), MacArthur Fellowship (1993) Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (1992), and the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1989)|
Ann Hamilton [American (Lima, Ohio), born June 22, 1956] is a visual artist internationally recognized for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multi-media installations, as well as her work in video, sculpture, photography, textile art, and printmaking.
Using time as process and material, Hamilton's methods of making serve as an invocation of place, of collective voice, of communities past and of labor present. Noted for a dense accumulation of materials, her ephemeral environments create immersive experiences that respond poetically to the architectural presence and social history of their sites. Whether inhabiting a building four stories high or confined to the surface of a thimble, Hamilton's art extends outwards from the primary projections of the hand and mouth. Her attention to the uttering of a sound or the shaping of a word with the hand places language and text at the tactile and metaphoric center of her installations.
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. From 1985 to 1991, she taught on the faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara. In 1992, Hamilton established her home and practice in Columbus, Ohio. Since 2001, she has been a Professor of Art at The Ohio State University.
Hamilton has been the recipient of the Heinz Award, United States Artists Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, Anonymous Was a Woman Award, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture and the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She has represented the United States in the 1991 Sao Paulo Bienal, the 1999 Venice Biennale, and has exhibited extensively around the world. Her major museum installations include The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis (2010); The Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009); Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan (2006); La Maison Rouge Fondation de Antoine Galbert, Paris, France (2005); Historiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2004); MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (2003); The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2003, 1991); The Wanas Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden (2002); Akira Ikeda Gallery, Taura, Japan (2001); The Musee d'art Contemporain, Lyon, France (1997); The Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (1996); The Art Institute of Chicago (1995); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1994); The Tate Gallery, Liverpool (1994); Dia Center for the Arts, New York (1993); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1988).
Among the many publications featuring Ann Hamilton, Joan Simon has authored two important texts on the artist:
- Ann Hamilton. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2002. 
- Ann Hamilton: An Inventory of Objects. New York: Gregory R. Miller & Co., 2006.
- VERSE (2011)
- stylus (2010)
- human carriage (2009)
- The Meditation Boat (2005-2009)
- tower · Oliver Ranch (2007)
- voce (2006)
- phora (2005)
- corpus (2004)
- Teardrop Park, a collaboration with artist Michael Mercil and Michael Van Valkenburgh, Associates, Inc., Landscape Architects (2004)
- LEW wood floor at The Seattle Public Library (2004)
- lignum (2002)
- Allegheny Park, a collaboration with artist Michael Mercil and Michael Van Valkenburgh, Associates, Inc., Landscape Architects (2004)
- the picture is still (2001)
- ghost....a border act (2000)
- myein (1999)
- mattering (1997)
- lineament (1994)
- tropos (1994)
- indigo blue (1991/2007)
- privation and excesses (1989)
- still life (1988)
- Hamilton Studio, Ann. "Biography". Retrieved 13 August 2012.
- Simon, Joan (2002). Ann Hamilton. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. p. 280. ISBN 0-8109-4160-0.
- Simon, Joan (2006). Ann Hamilton: An Inventory of Objects. New York: Gregory R. Miller & Co., LLC. p. 312. ISBN 0-9743648-5-1.
- "Ann Hamilton: the event of a thread". Retrieved 13 August 2012.
- Ann Hamilton's website
- Biography, interviews, essays, artwork images and video clips from PBS series Art:21 -- Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 1 (2001)
- Gund Art Foundation Fellows 2007
- United States Artists Arts Advocacy Organization
- Article and streaming video of Ann Hamilton and her tower at the Oliver Ranch, from KQED Spark
- Ann Hamilton at Gemini GEL, Los Angeles
- The Heinz Awards, Ann Hamilton profile
- Ann Hamilton's interview with Robert Ayers, February 2009