Sculptor and public artist Ann Hirsch has worked throughout the U.S. on projects such as Home (2014), a transitional space into Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery which was commissioned by the Patterson Foundation and includes large format bronze Bald Eagles’ nests; and the Bill Russell Legacy Project (2013-2015) which was commissioned by the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation and comprises three statues in bronze set within a field of granite and brick elements that is part sculpture and part interactive playground. In 2018, Ann was shortlisted for the first monument to real women in New York’s Central Park, her proposal having been selected from among 90 entries from across the country.
Other projects include several site-specific bronze figures that build upon and move beyond traditional statuary through staging interactive encounters with the public, broadening the landscape of the commemorated; and opening new spaces for visitors and discussion within monumental works. Ann’s work often relies on the human form to engage the public in narratives that are accessible, interactive and inclusive. In addition to permanent public artwork, she is actively engaged in temporary installation work that takes on current issues as well as social practice initiatives in art with local communities.
As one half of the multidisciplinary collaboration A+J Art+Design, Ann created the 2016 art installation SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers) for the Fort Point Channel Floating Art Project in Boston. The installation was extensively covered by local news outlets, and social media, and was named outstanding project of the year by Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review and Featured Project and Top 20 artwork by ArtPrize 9 in Grand Rapids, MI. The touring project speaks directly to the culture and history of local immigrant communities and their descendants in relation to the current global refugee crisis. A+J Art+Design is currently at work on a City of Boston commission for North Square, the oldest public square in the city, that will plug into city government mapping strategies to tell stories about current and former residents of the area.
Ann was a 2016-2017 City of Boston Artist-in-Residence (Boston AIR), a program through which she collaborated with the Vine Street Roxbury Boston Center for Youth and Families (BCYF) in a 10-month community engagement art project. Traditionally, permanent public artworks have relied on practices that exclude communities by their technical nature. Being a Boston AIR was an opportunity to gain skills while adapting studio processes in collaborating with communities while still making art that is viable for long term installation in public spaces.
Ann teaches undergraduate sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design. Her studio is outside of Boston in Somerville, MA.
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Above right photo: © Damianos Photography 2014; Studio Photo below: © Darren Cole 2018