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A photo of an oblong light blue stone with hazy focus

sense • stone, 2022. Ann Hamilton (American, b. 1956). Archival pigment print on Japanese gampi paper; 49.5 x 32 in. Image courtesy of Ann Hamilton Studio

Ann Hamilton: The Tactile Image

Sunday, December 14, 2025–Sunday, March 29, 2026
Location:  230 Photography
Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Galleries
Free; no ticket required

About The Exhibition

Internationally renowned artist Ann Hamilton is best known for large-scale ephemeral installations, performances, and civic monuments, but the use of photography and video runs throughout her 35-year career and has become increasingly important to her practice over the past decade. This exhibition juxtaposes past works with new creations, including some related to the museum and its collections. Explored in all this work is the relationship between touch, sight, and language. Hamilton’s interest in tactility recalls her origins as a textile artist. A central theme of her practice is the connection between feeling, understanding, and sensory experience, especially touch.

Born in Lima, Ohio, and living in Columbus, Hamilton is Ohio’s most influential and best-known living visual artist. Among her many honors are the National Medal of the Arts, Heinz Award, MacArthur Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, and the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. Hamilton represented the United States in the 1991 Sao Paulo Bienal and the 1999 Venice Biennale and has exhibited extensively around the world. 


All exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Exhibitions. Principal annual support is provided by Michael Frank and the late Pat Snyder, the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation, the John and Jeanette Walton Exhibition Fund, and Margaret and Loyal Wilson. Generous annual support is provided by two anonymous supporters, Gini and Randy Barbato, the late Dick Blum and Harriet Warm, Gary and Katy Brahler, Cynthia and Dale Brogan, Dr. Ben and Julia Brouhard, Brenda and Marshall Brown, Joseph and Susan Corsaro, Richard and Dian Disantis, the Jeffery Wallace Ellis Trust in memory of Lloyd H. Ellis Jr., Leigh and Andy Fabens, the Frankino-Dodero Family Fund for Exhibitions Endowment, Florence Kahane Goodman, Janice Hammond and Edward Hemmelgarn, Robin Heiser, the late Marta and the late Donald M. Jack Jr., Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, William S. and Margaret F. Lipscomb, Bill and Joyce Litzler, the Roy Minoff Family Fund, Lu Anne and the late Carl Morrison, Jeffrey Mostade and Eric Nilson and Varun Shetty, Tim O’Brien and Breck Platner, William J. and Katherine T. O’Neill, Michael and Cindy Resch, William Roj and Mary Lynn Durham, Betty T. and David M. Schneider, Paula and Eugene Stevens, the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Claudia Woods and David Osage. 

    The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

    This exhibition was supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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