Artist Statement

Painting for me is a search for an image with an emotional feeling and a complex meditative composition. Although I often begin with a sketch, the idea changes significantly as the painting evolves and takes on a life of its own. I don’t know what the painting will be until it’s done. I like to make ambiguous geometric forms that may include optical illusions, and psychological or architectural structures with a feeling or mood conveyed through the use of color and light. The final piece is a discovery. My paintings are in three categories of materials: works on paper in watercolor and/or gouache; acrylic paintings on stretched canvas or linen; and acrylic paintings on cut out shapes of Masonite or MDF panel. Over the years I have made works in all types of painting media, as well as painted wood and wire sculpture and artist’s books.


Ann Provan grew up in Berkeley, California. She spent four years in France studying at the Université de Montpellier and the École Nationale Supériure des Beaux Arts, Paris, and traveled around Europe to see art. After returning to the U.S., she attended the San Francisco Art Institute and received an M.F.A. in Painting. She moved to New York City in 1976, living in SoHo and Brooklyn, and moved to the Hudson Valley in 2006. Ann Provan’s work has been shown at the New Museum, NYC; A.I.R. Gallery, NYC; Franklin Furnace, NYC; University of California, Davis; Wake Forest University; Rutgers University; Das Verborgene Museum, Berlin; the Buster Levi allery, Cold Spring, NY; Lockwood Gallery, Kingston, NY; Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY; Ethan Cohen Gallery’s Kube Art Center, Beacon, NY; and at Kaatsbaan Visual Art Exhibition, Tivoli, NY. She received a CAPS fellowship and a NYFA fellowship. Her work is in the collections of the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, Franklin Furnace, and other collections.


2023"A Fine Line: Graffiti and the Power of Dissent" Ethan Cohen Gallery at Kube Art Center, Beacon, NY

2023"Kaatsbaan Visual Art Exhibition" Kaatsbaan, Tivoli, NY

2023"In Pursuit of Color" The Lockwood Gallery, Kingston, NY

2022"Inner Window" The Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

2022"A Time of Beauty and Grace" Art Spaces at Krasdale, White Plains, NY

2021"Captured Spaces" Lockwood Gallery, Kingston, NY

2019"Drawings\Works on Paper" Buster Levi Gallery, Cold Spring, NY

2018"Fire in the Belly" Burnett Gallery, Woodstock, NY

2017"Much More Than Flattery" 114 Partition Street Pop-Up Art Space, Saugerties, NY

2017"BCNA Benefit" 26 West 26 Street Gallery, New York, NY

2017"BCNA Art Winter Benefit" Museum for Korean Americans, New York, NY

2017"Hygge" Cross Contemporary Art, Saugerties, NY

2016"Perceived/CONSTRUCTED" Buster Levi Gallery, Cold Spring, NY

2015"Ann Provan and Ursula Schneider" Buster Levi Gallery, Cold Spring, NY

2015"The Farm Project" Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Collaborative Concepts, Garrison, NY

2015"Pencil Drawings" Ruth Baggett Gallery, Paducah, KY

2014"Circles into Snow" Ruth Baggett Gallery, Paducah, KY

2014"New Space New Work" Buster Levi Gallery, Cold Spring, NY

2013"Durchscheinende Dinge/ Translucent Matters" Das Verborgene Museum, Berlin, Germany

2013"Divinings - Work by Ann Provan and David Provan" Marina Gallery, Cold Spring, NY

2013"Contemporary Couples: A Creative Life Together" Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua, NY

2012"Converging/Parallel" Marina Gallery, Cold Spring, NY

2011"Ann Provan – Watercolors David Provan - Sculpture" Marina Gallery, Cold Spring, NY

1992"June Invitational" A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

1987"Undercover: Books by California Women Artists" Fresno Museum & Art Center, Fresno, CA

1985"Light/Heavy Light: Contemporary Shadows in the Visual Arts" Memorial Union Gallery (sculpture), University of California, Davis, CA, and Camerawork (books), San Francisco, CA

1984"Rockefeller Retrospective" Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

1984"The Tunnel" Paintings and Books, Brooklyn, NY

1984"American Book Works in Print" Franklin Furnace, New York, NY

1983"Artists Books" National Library, Madrid, Spain

1983"CAPS Fellowship Recipients in Sculpture" City Gallery, Cultural Affairs Dept., New York NY

1983"Ann Knutson: Shadow Works, Books, and Watercolors" Art Galaxy, New York, NY

1980"Ann Knutson: Lens Drawings" Livingston Gallery, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

1979"Dimensions Variable" The New Museum, New York, NY

1979"Ann Knutson, Sculpture" Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

1976"M.F.A. Show" San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA


BFA (Painting), San Francisco Art Institute

MFA (Painting), San Francisco Art Institute

Awards & Grants

New York Foundation for the Arts, Fellowship in Artists Books - 1993
Creative Artists Public Service, New York, NY Fellowship in Sculpture- 1983
Canada Council Visiting Foreign Artists’ Grant, La Chambre Blanche, Quebec, Canada - 1983
Rockefeller Visiting Artist, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC - 1980


Franklin Furnace, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; University of Oregon, Portland, OR; McGill University; Montreal, Canada; Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH


Rooney, Alison “Soft Squares” Highlands Current, March 18, 2022"
Durscheinende Dinge Transluscent Matters, Annette von Dewitz, Silke Grossmann, Ann Provan: Installationen/Objekte – Fotographie – Malerei." Brennpunkt, February 2013: 50-51 (Austria)
Bannon, Anthony, "VACI’s Take on Romeo and Juliet: Couples Who Life, Work, Exhibit Together", The Chautauquan Daily, July 17, 2013
Galas, Dan, "The Marina Gallery and the Provans", Always Be an Emerging Artist, Blog September 2012
"Converging/Parallel Unites the Works of the Provans", Philipstown.Info The Paper, September 7, 2012
Butler, Frances, "LIGHT/HEAVY Light: Contemporary Shadow in the Visual Arts", Poltroon Press, Berkeley, CA, 1985
Hoffberg, Judith, "Reviews" Umbrella, Glendale, CA, May 1983
Larson, Kay, "Reviews" The Village Voice, New York, 12/22/79
Logan, Susan, Kathleen Thomas, and Allan Schwartzman, "Dimensions Variable", The New Museum, New York, 1979
Nadeau, Lisanne, "Exposition des Livres d'Artists", La Chambre Blanche #12, Quebec, Canada, May 1983
Wallach, Alan, "CAPS Sculptors" ARTs Magazine, New York, NY December 1983
Zimmer, William, "Ocular Mechanics", The Soho Weekly News, New York, NY 10/11/79