Cambridge/Somerville-based artist Ann Hirsch has completed commissions in bronze and stone across the U.S. She is recognized for her Bill Russell Legacy Project at Boston City Hall Plaza, a public artwork that is part sculpture and part interactive playground. The artwork embodies a unique approach to sculpture in bronze by going beyond the traditional statue with interactive site design and the incorporation of community engagement into design and fabrication. Other commissions include large wall sculptures for the east entry to Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery and many site-specific monuments in bronze including a sculpture of the first female CEO in the US, Anna Bissell. In 2018, Ann was shortlisted for the first monument to real women in New York’s Central Park.
In addition to permanent public work, Ann is engaged in social practice initiatives with local communities. As a 2016-2017 Boston Artist-in-Residence, she worked on a 10-month project with the Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury.
As partner in the multidisciplinary collaborative A+J Art+Design, she co-created the floating installation SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers) which was awarded 2017 Outstanding Project of the Year by Americans for the Arts. The kinetic sculpture group was commissioned as a Featured Project for ArtPrize9 in Grand Rapids, MI in 2017 and by Waterfront Toronto in 2019. With A+J Art+Design, Ann completed a permanent public artwork in bronze for Boston’s oldest public square, North Square, in September 2019. North Square Stories is the pilot project for Boston’s new Percent for Art program. This addition to Boston’s landscape of public art in bronze is exceptional for the extraordinary degree of community involvement it has entailed.
Ann teaches at Rhode Island School of Design and is a graduate of Barnard College, New York University G.S.A.S. and the New York Academy of Art.