Ann Hamilton is a visual artist known for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multimedia installations, public projects, and performance collaborations. Responsive to the contingencies of the sites where they are made—cloth, texts spoken and written, animals, and people suspended or in motion—her installations offer viewers a poetic immersion, at once visceral and literary. Born in Lima, Ohio, Hamilton received a BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas in 1979 and an MFA in Sculpture from the Yale University School of Art in 1985. Hamilton has received a MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, the Heinz Award, and was chosen to represent the United States at the 1991 Sao Paulo Bienal and the 1999 Venice Biennale. In 2015, she was the recipient of the National Medal of the Arts from President Obama. In 1992, she established her home and practice in Columbus, Ohio. Presently, she is a Distinguished University Professor of Art at The Ohio State University.