Ann Hamilton, Distinguished Professor

Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor Ann Hamilton was selected as an Ohio State Distinguished University Professor, a title awarded permanently to no more than three exceptional faculty per year. The title recognizes accomplishments in research, scholarly or creative work, teaching, and service that are both distinguished and distinctive. Hamilton will receive a $30,000 one-time cash award to support her academic work.


"I CANNOT THINK OF A MORE DESERVING AND DEEPLY COMMITTED ARTIST AND PROFESSOR WHO BRINGS SO MUCH LIGHT, HUMANITY, AND PASSION TO EVERYTHING THAT SHE DOES AND EVERYONE SHE TOUCHES." {Olga Viso, director, Walker Art Center}


Hamilton is widely recognized as a leading figure in contemporary art. A visual artist, she is internationally recognized for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multi-media installations. Hamilton’s site responsive environments create immersive experiences that poetically respond to the architectural presence and social history of their sites.

Since 1981, Hamilton has participated in over 60 solo and group exhibitions. In 1999 she represented the United States at the 48th Venice Biennale.

Evidence of Ohio State’s recognition of Hamilton’s work can be seen in her permanent installation, VERSE, in Ohio State’s landmark space, the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library. VERSE, a public art project, is a two-color cork floor laid as a field of words set in relief and located in the Buckeye Reading Room. (pictured)

In 2009, Hamilton was inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1993, she was the only visual artist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.

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