MacArthur Fellows Program

Ann Hamilton

Installation Artist | Class of 1993

Installation Artist
Columbus, Ohio
37 at time of award
Area of Focus
3-D Visual Art
Published July 1, 1993

About Ann's Work

Ann Hamilton is a visual artist whose work combines the physical properties with the social and cultural context of a space to create art that, although created for a certain site, is not site specific.

Immediate and tangible to all the senses, Hamilton’s work reaches both the casual viewer and the sophisticated observer, and upon reflection, presents layers of allegorical meaning and social significance.  Among her commissioned works was a permanent installation for the new San Francisco Public Library (1990-95), executed in collaboration with the artist Ann Chamberlain.


Hamilton is a professor at The Ohio State University.  Her work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the world, and her solo exhibitions include aleph, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s List Visual Art Center (1992); tropos, at the DIA Center for the Arts, New York (1993); mneme, at the Tate Gallery, Liverpool (1994); and reserve, at the Van Abbe Museum, the Netherlands (1996).  Her exhibition, the body and the object: Ann Hamilton 1984-1996 (1996) at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, was accompanied by the publication of a CD-ROM.

Hamilton attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York (1974-76), and received a B.F.A. (1979) from the University of Kansas at Lawrence, and an M.F.A. (1985) from Yale University’s School of Art.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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