Ann Hamilton (b. 1956) is internationally recognized for her large-scale multi-media installations, video, sculpture, photography, textile, and print artworks. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in textile design from the University of Kansas in 1979, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Yale University in 1985. She explores themes of time, community, ephemeral environments, and language and text in her often poetic, densely material work. Space, memory, reason, imagination, and community interaction converge in Hamilton’s pieces.
She has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and currently teaches at The Ohio State University. Among her many honors, Hamilton has been the recipient of the Heinz Award, MacArthur Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, and the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She 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 Guggenheim, the Contemporary Art Museum in Kumamoto, Japan, MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., the Musee d’art Contemporain in Lyon, France, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Tate Gallery, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among others.