Anne Macmillan

2014 Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts
First Place Winner


Anne Macmillan is a Canadian artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She considers threshold concepts of liminality, descriptions and edges by merging her process with fieldwork practices and methods of analysis. She is attentive to the experience of observation. Her practice has been supported by grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Nova Scotia Council on Communities, Culture and Heritage. Anne has received a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue her studies in the graduate program of Art, Culture and Technology at MIT.

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The Schnitzer Prize exhibition

May 27 – July 31, 2014
Wiesner Student Art Gallery, second floor of the Stratton Student Center
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Read more about the Schnitzer Prize and its history.



The Coast, July 4, 2013

The Coast, August 2, 2013

From the Arts at MIT blog about the Schnitzer Prize of June 19, 2014:

In 2014, the first-place prize of $5,000 went to Anne Macmillan, whose work focuses on the complexities of measuring and representing the natural world — such as lakes, rocks, and trees. In “Boxes for Rocks” Macmillan 3-D scanned rocks to create custom cardboard boxes for them, leaving gaps in the cardboard that represented inherent limitations in depicting nature. “I’m interested in problems of description,” Macmillan says, “the more that we look, the more that there is to see, and you can become lost in that.”

“Anne’s work was a very sensitive exploration and reframing of the world that surrounds us,” says Schnitzer Prize jury member Matthew Mazzotta SM ’09, a lecturer in the ACT program.