West Virginia Universitys Division of Art in the College of Creative Arts is hosting Ann Hamilton, an internationally-known installation artist, Monday, March 12.

Hamilton will present the 13th annual Deem Distinguished Artist Lecture at 5 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the Creative Arts Center. A reception will follow. Both events are free and open to the public.

Ann Hamilton occupies an eminent position in todays art world,said Bernie Schultz, dean of the College of Creative Arts.Her art often engages us in a dialogue with the realities of history, particularly those which we refuse to face, in works that are conceptually profound and stunningly executed.

Hamilton received a bachelors degree in textile design from the University of Kansas and a masters degree in sculpture from the Yale University School of Art.

She was the only visual artist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship in 1993.

Her other numerous honors and awards include the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award in 1998, an National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship in 1993, the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture in 1992, a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1989 and a New York Dance and PerformanceBessieAward in 1988.

Hamilton has participated in more than 60 solo and group exhibitions. She represented the United States at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999.

Other recent work has been shown at the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Conn., 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, and the Akira Ikeda Gallery in Taura, Japan, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and The Wanas Foundation in Knislinge, Sweden.

Hamilton joined the faculty of Ohio State University in 2001.

The annual Deem Distinguished Visiting Art Lecture is made possible through a donation to WVU s College of Creative Arts from Alison and Patrick Deem of Bridgeport.

Alison Harper Deem is a WVU graduate and a member of the WVU College of Creative Arts Board of Visitors. She is also on the board of trustees for the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library and the Benedum Library. Patrick Deem is an attorney in Clarksburg.

Previous Deem Distinguished Artist Lecturers have included Pheobe Adams, Ann Agee, Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds, Judy Linn, Pam Longobardi, Kendell Geers, Johanna Drucker, Buzz Spector, Diana Cooper, Carmon Colangelo, Willie Cole and Judy Glantzman.

For more information about the lecture, contact the WVU Division of Art, 304-293-2140, ext. 3210.