Annette Polan

Annette Polan is known internationally as a portrait artist. She has photographed and painted the official portraits of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and other leaders of industry and government. In addition to painting, Ms. Polan is Professor Emeritus at the Corcoran College of Art +Design. 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.

Corcoran College of Art+ Design of Art, Washington, DC,
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Drawing and Painting
Ecole du Louvre, Paris, France, Art History
Hollins University, Virginia, B.A., Art History

1980 – 2009 Corcoran College of Art + Design, Professor
2004 – 2007 Founder and Chair of Faces of the Fallen
2008 – 2013 Principal, CAPITAL ARTPORTS
2013 Principal, Insight Institute

2011 Artist in Residence, the Highlands, North Carolina
2011 Distinguished Artist, Montgomery College
2010 Artist in Residence, Spring Island, South Carolina
2009 Professor Emeritus, Corcoran College of Art at George Washingotn University
2008 Hollins University Distinguished Alumnae Award
2006 Department of Defense Outstanding Public Service Award
2006 Cosmos Club Award Nomination
2004 Mayor’s Award in the Arts, Honorable Mention
2002 Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency, Johnson, Vt.
1999 Batuz Foundation, Société Imaginaire Program, Altzella, Germany
1998 Distinguished Alumnae Award, The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
1993 D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Grants in Aid Award
1985 D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Grants in Aid Award

2005 Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service, Washington DC
2004 Art Bus, Washington, DC
2004 Swiss and the Sublime, Embassy of Switzerland, Washington DC
2001 Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, W.Va
1998 Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Maryland
1997 Gallery Samtuh, Seoul, Korea
1996 West Virginia Cultural Center, Charleston, West Virginia
1995 Susan Conway Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1992 Gustaf Nord, Stockholm, Sweden Agardhs Galleriet, Bastad, Sweden
1990 Montrose Gallery, Fredricksburg, Virginia
1989 Marywood Museum of Art, Marywood College, Scranton, Pennsylvania
1985 Wallace Wentworth Gallery, Washington, DC
1983 Foundry Gallery, Washington DC

Photo Annette Polan, founder of the “Faces of the Fallen” exhibit on display at the Women in Military Service to America Memorial in Arlington, Va., takes time to read a note left by a portrait of a fallen service member. Photo by Rudi Williams  Courtesy of U. S. Department of Defense