Draft:Annette Polan

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Polan is notable, but an encyclopedia article should be a plain description of her work and awards.

The last paragraph here is especially indicative of this being ap ress release or her organization. DGG ( talk ) 23:06, 13 June 2019 (UTC)

Annette Polan[edit]

Annette Polan
Born (1944-12-08) December 8, 1944 (age 74)
EducationThe Baldwin School and Hollins University and Ecole du Louvre and Corcoran College of Art & Design at George Washington University

Annette Polan (born December 8, 1944) is an internationally known portrait artist living in Washington DC. She was born in Huntington, West Virginia, and graduated from The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pa. and Hollins University in Va. She was honored with the Distinguished Alumnae Awards from both Baldwin and Hollins. She is also Dipolmé from the École du Louvre in Art History.[1] Ms. Polan is the mother of Courtney Van Winkle Fox and Arthur Lowell Fox III and the grandmother of four grandchildren.

Annette Polan has photographed and painted the official portraits of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and other leaders of industry and government.[2] In addition to painting, Ms. Polan is Professor Emerita at the Corcoran College of Art + Design at George Washington University and Principal of Insight Institute[3], a non-profit that promotes innovation, cititical thinking and creative problem solving through art-based initiatives.

Ms. Polan is the former Chairman of the Painting Department at the Corcoran, and she has served on the Board of the Washington Project for the Arts. She is on the Board of Smith Center a center for Arts and Healthcare. She is a member of Art Table, the International Women's Forum, the Women's Forum of Washington and the Cosmos Club. She is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who of American Artists, The Dictionary of International Biography, and The World's Who's Who of Women.

Throughout her career, Annette Polan has confronted gender issues in the art world.[4] The 1972 Conference for Women in the Visual Arts was a catalyst for an empowering exchange to help find her voice and define her mission as an artist, an educator and a citizen.[5] It helped build confidence to develop professional practices that have enabled her to be a thriving artist. She in turn has continually reached out to emerging artists – male and female to share professional wisdom, contacts and knowledge of the other wise and talented people who made her career possible.

Professor Polan has taught and lectured on her work and contemporary American portraiture in Europe, Asia, and Australia, and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad.[6] She is a participant in the U.S. Department of State's Art in Embassy Program. She was Chair and Founder of Faces of the Fallen, an exhibition of 1323 portraits by 230 American artists, honoring American servicemen and women who died in Afghanistan and Iraq between October 10, 2001 and November 11, 2004. In recognition of her leadership on that project, she was awarded the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Outstanding Public Service Award.[7]

Over three-quarters of a million visitors came to see Faces of the Fallen during its 2.5 years on display at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial (www.womensmemorial.org.) Immediately following its opening, the exhibition became a focal point for public expressions of tribute.[8] The impact of the exhibition extended across the nation, and extensive media coverage was attracted from international, as well as local and national, outlets. The portraits have now been distributed, where possible, to the primary next-of-kin as the gift of the 250 artists involved.[9] On the initiative of the outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Peter Pace, the remaining 300 portraits are now in the permanent collection of the Pentagon, where they are on view outside the Hall of Heroes.

With Lynn McKinley-Grant, MD and Aneta Georgievska-Shine, PhD, Annette Polan has developed Insight Institute (www.insightinstitute.org) that uses Visual Intelligence to improve observation and communication skills in professionals.[10] Insight Institute promotes the integration of the arts in different professional fields as a means of enhancing visual cognition, more intuitive and creative approaches to real life situations, and a greater sensitivity to the human dimension in providing services: whether in health care, education, or in the business world.[11] Inspired by 30 years of teaching experience, these programs are guided by a philosophy that emphasizes cooperation, collaboration, flexibility and risk-taking in addressing the daily challenges in the work environment.[12]


  1. ^ "Annette Polan". Moore Women Artists. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  2. ^ "Annette Polan". Hollins. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  3. ^ "Annette Polan". Moore Women Artists. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  4. ^ "Annette Polan; Thoughts on Aging". Mason Exhibitions. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  5. ^ southwritlarge.com https://southwritlarge.com/bios/annette-polan/. Retrieved 2019-04-29. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Annette Polan". Moore Women Artists. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  7. ^ Culture, Research Center for Arts and; Witkop, Carrie; Polan, Annette (2016). "Annette Polan- ART CART Oral Histories". doi:10.7916/D8FX79WD. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ "Defense.gov News Article: 'Faces of the Fallen' Extended at Women's Memorial Until May 31". archive.defense.gov. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  9. ^ "Art Show Puts Faces to Names of the Fallen". Los Angeles Times. 2005-04-03. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  10. ^ "Aneta Georgievska-Shine Annette Polan Lynn McKinley Grant". Insight Institute. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  11. ^ "Insight Institute". Insight Institute. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  12. ^ "Focus". Insight Institute. Retrieved 2019-04-29.