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Ann Hamilton Honored With $250,000 Heinz Award for the Arts and Humanities

This year’s $250,000 Heinz Award for the Arts and Humanities recipient.

Posted 09.09.08 by MICA Media Relations

Artist Ann Hamilton, who received an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2004, has been awarded this year's $250,000 Heinz Award for the Arts and Humanities.

A provocative visual artist whose installations around the world have woven a broad palette of media into engaging sensory environments, Hamilton, 52, is a professor of art at Ohio State University and one of contemporary art's most influential voices.

"Ann Hamilton's work is truly transformative, both in its visual beauty and the sensory impact it has had on the communities that have helped create and sustain it," said Teresa Heinz, chairman of the Heinz Family Foundation. "Her installations - labor intensive, participatory and uniquely uncommon in the way in which they innovate and captivate - have mesmerized audiences for more than a quarter century. By blazing new possibilities within the visual arts, she has singularly helped enlarge our collective vocabulary for how we have come to define and appreciate the arts in all its forms. The dynamic force of her art truly embraces the spirit of the arts that so captivated John Heinz during his life, and I am especially pleased to present the 14th annual Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities to the incomparable Ann Hamilton."

Presented in five categories, the other Heinz Award recipients are:

Environment: Thomas FitzGerald, 53, founder and director of the Kentucky Resources Council, from Louisville, Ky.

Human Condition: Brenda Krause Eheart, Ph.D., 64, founder of Generations of Hope, and Hope Meadows, from Champaign, Ill.

Public Policy: Robert Greenstein, 62, founder and executive director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, from Washington, D.C.

Technology, the Economy and Employment: Joseph DeRisi, Ph.D., 38, molecular biologist, researcher and inventor, from San Francisco, Calif.

For more information, visit www.heinzawards.net.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.