“You have to trust the things you can’t name,” Ann Hamilton contends, adding, in a related thought, “you feel through your body, you take in the world through your skin.”
Ann Hamilton is a visual artist internationally recognized for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multi-media installations. Using time as process and material, her methods of making serve as an invocation of place, of collective voice, of communities past and of labor present. This year, Ann Hamilton will undertake an unprecedented transformation of the Henry Art Gallery. Hamilton will be in residence to develop site-specific installations and create a diverse series of programs and performances presented throughout the building. Hamilton’s work has also been commissioned by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture to create a large public art installation that will be the centerpiece of Waterfront Seattle, the Elliott Bay waterfront development scheduled for construction after the Alaskan Way Viaduct is torn down.
Born in Lima, Ohio, in 1956, Ann Hamilton received a BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas in 1979 and an MFA in sculpture from the Yale School of Art in 1985. From 1985 to 1991, she taught on the faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Hamilton has served on the faculty of The Ohio State University since 2001, where she is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Art. Hamilton has been the recipient of many honors including a MacArthur Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, NEAVisual Arts Fellowship, Tiffany Foundation Award, and Guggenheim Fellowship. She has represented the United States in the 1991 São Paulo Bienal and the 1999 Venice Biennale, and has exhibited extensively around the globe.