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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
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 a portrait artist living in Washington DC.

Biography and education[edit]

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 Diplomé from the École du Louvre in Art History.[1]

Professional Career[edit]

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.

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] The portraits have now been distributed, where possible, to the primary next-of-kin as the gift of the 250 artists involved.[8] The remaining 300 portraits are now in the permanent collection of the Pentagon, where they are on view outside the Hall of Heroes.


  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. ^ "Art Show Puts Faces to Names of the Fallen". Los Angeles Times. 2005-04-03. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2019-04-29.