Front Yard

Allison Janae Hamilton

Allison Janae Hamilton works in photography, video, sculpture, and installation to investigate the ways that American landscape contributes to concepts of “Americana” and the social construction of space.

Artist Bio

Front Yard is a land-based project with a twofold focus as a large outdoor sculpture installation with an accompanying cultural and research hub in the artist’s home region of North Florida.

Award Year

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Allison Janae Hamilton

New York, NY

Allison Janae Hamilton is a visual artist working in photography, video, sculpture, and installation.  Hamilton was born in Kentucky, raised in Florida, and her maternal family’s farm and homestead lies in the rural flatlands of western Tennessee.  Her relationship with these locations forms the cornerstone of her artwork and her interest in landscape. Using plant matter, layered imagery, sounds, and animal remains, Hamilton creates immersive spaces that consider the ways that the American landscape contributes to concepts of “Americana” and the social construction of space, particularly the rural American south.

Hamilton has exhibited at museums and institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Storm King Art Center, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, The Jewish Museum, Fundación Botín (Spain), the Brighton Photo Biennial, and the Istanbul Design Biennial. MASS MoCA hosted her first solo museum show, Pitch. Hamilton was a 2013-2014 Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program, sponsored by the Whitney Museum of American Art.  She has been awarded artist residencies at Recess, Fundación Botín, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She received her PhD in American Studies from New York University, and her MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University.

Photo credit: Frankie Alduino