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As an artist, educator, and writer for over four decades, Ann has explored the intersections of nature and culture through a range of environmental issues. Much of this work has taken the form of collaborative art installations addressing such topics as nuclear war and waste, the carbon footprint of our food, and biodiversity. Over the last few years, Ann has returned to her creative roots in painting and printmaking, celebrating her love of color, gesture, and form in nature and art. She is particularly drawn to places where water and land meet—fragile ecosystems that we endanger through ignorance, desire, and greed. Ann’s recent creative and professional accomplishments include: Artist in Residence, HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, Oregon (2018); Co-Curator for “Crafting Conversations: A Call and Response to Our Changing Climate,” Contemporary Craft BNY Mellon Gallery (2019); “Woman of Environmental Art” award from PennFuture (2020); and one of four editors for Ecoart in Action: Activities, Case Studies, and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities (New Village Press, 2022). Most recently, she was selected to design and execute two asphalt art murals with collaborator JoAnn Moran for Friendship Park in Pittsburgh (2022-23) that reflect the natural features of the park (see LUNA Street Art). Ann received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999.

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