Ann Carlson is the recipient of over thirty commissions and numerous awards for her artistic work. Her awards include; two American Masters, five Multi-Art Production Fund Grants, a Rockefeller Seed Grant, a USA Artist Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a Fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Art. She was an artist fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship/Harvard University and at Stanford University’s Humanities Center. Carlson has received three awards from the National Choreographic Initiative; a Doris Duke Award for New Work; the first Cal/Arts Alpert Award in Choreography, and a prestigious three-year choreographic fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2013, Carlson was invited by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to be in residence on Captiva Island, Florida. She is currently in residence at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.
The 2014-15 season started with a residency of Ann Carlson, two of her dancers, and a videographer. She worked for a few weeks with our Art Faculty member Diane Cox on her farm creating a site-specific work. These short residencies paved the way to now create a larger work that will be taking place next fall involving students and faculty from the Alfred campus at large. Ann is partnering with Alfred University, UCLA, and the Vermont Performance Lab to create this work.
Stanford University was both the site and inspiration of Carlson’s latest work, The Symphonic Body. A performance/orchestral work made entirely of gestures, The Symphonic Body will have its second incarnation on UCLA’s campus in November 2015.