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July 25, 2013

Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

Visual artist and Lima native to give Ohio State commencement address

Ann Hamilton, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Art at Ohio State and Lima native, will deliver the commencement address at The Ohio State University’s summer term commencement at 2 p.m., Sun., Aug. 4, at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Approximately 1,750 students will receive degrees during the ceremony. Among those graduates, eight degrees will be awarded to Ohio State Lima students: three associates and five bachelors degrees.

A visual artist, Hamilton is internationally recognized for her large-scale multimedia, multi-sensory installations. She recently premiered a major new work titled "the event of a thread" at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.

Hamilton earned her BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas and an MFA in sculpture from the Yale University School of Art. From 1985 to 1991, she taught on the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara. She joined the Ohio State University faculty in 1991.

In 1993 she was the only visual artist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2009, Hamilton was inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also has been recognized with a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, National Education Association (NEA) Visual Arts Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship and the Heinz Award, and represented the United States at the 1991 So Paulo Bienal and the 1999 Venice Biennale.

Her major museum installations include those at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts; Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto; La Maison Rouge Fondation de Antoine Galbert; MASS MoCA; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; The Wans Foundation; The Muse d'Art Contemporain; The Museum of Modern Art; The Tate Gallery; and the Dia Center for the Arts.

Ohio State’s recognition of Hamilton’s work can be seen in her permanent installation, VERSE, in the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library. Located in the Buckeye Reading Room, VERSE is a two-color cork floor laid as a field of words set in relief.