Ann Messner has skillfully combined her interest in feminist issues with her consummate knowledge of traditional sculptural means, such as casting in a variety of materials, coupled with an eclectic investigation into the “found” object. Her most recent exhibition, “Amniotic Sea,” was a temporary public installation in New York’s Foley Square. Other temporary public installations have been sited at New York’s City Hall, Times Square, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art.
During her fellowship year, Messner will investigate the nondiagnostic, creative use of advanced medical imaging. With the cooperative interests Cardiac MRI at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, she will create an installation that considers a fusing, metaphorically, of the arts and science. She will be working on a project titled “heart of the matter” utilizing these animated images as part of an integrated sculptural installation.
Messner received her BFA in fine art from the Pratt Institute. She is the recipient of the Anonymous Was A Woman Award in 1998, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Award in 1996, a Henry Moore International Fellowship (UK) in 1995, and a National Endowment for the Arts award in 1987. In 2001–2002 she will be a Senior Fellow of the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University.