Ann Hamilton received a 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. Since 1992 she has made her home in Columbus, Ohio. In 1993 she was the only visual artist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, an especially significant honor given her relatively young age. Her other numerous honors and awards include the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (1998), an NEA Visual Arts Fellowship (1993), the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (1992), Awards in the Visual Arts 9 (1990), a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1989), and a New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award (1988)."
Since 1981, Hamilton has participated in over 60 solo and group exhibitions. In 1999 she represented the United States at the 48th Venice Biennale. Other recent work has been shown at the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut; the Musée D'Art Contemporain De Montreal in Canada; the Musée Art Contemporain Lyon in France; the Miami Art Museum; the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Texas; and the Akira Ikeda Gallery in Taura, Japan, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Texas; the Akira Ikeda Gallery in Taura, Japan; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; and The Wanås Foundation in Knislinge, Sweden." She joined the OSU faculty in 2001.