Ann Hamilton was born in 1956 Lima, Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in 1979 and her master’s degree from Yale University in 1985. She currently lives and works in Columbus, where she is distinguished university professor in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University.
Hamilton has been internationally acclaimed for her large scale multi-media installations, public projects, and performance collaborations. Whether scaled to a square city block, an eight-story cylindrical tower, a thirty-six meter long floating Buddhist meditation boat, or a sterling silver sewing thimble, Hamilton’s site-responsive process works with common materials evoke particular places, collective voices, and communities of labor. Hamilton’s close attention to language, written and spoken, frequently places text and voice at the tactile and metaphoric center of her projects.
Hamilton’s installations have been presented at major museums such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, the MASS MoCA, the Wanås Foundation, the Musée d’art Contemporain Lyon, the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Tate Liverpool, the Dia Center for the Arts, New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Hamilton has also represented the United States at the Sao Paulo Biennial and the Venice Biennale.
Among numerous awards and recognitions, Hamilton has received the Heinz Award, the United States Artists Fellowship, the MacArthur Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.