Ann Taulbee's training as an artist allowed her to develop an eye for exhibitions that many other curators lack. After receiving her B.F.A. in printmaking and painting from Miami University, she went on to University of Massachusetts-Amherst to focus on an M.F.A. in printmaking. Since then Ann has served as a director and exhibition curator in galleries throughout the country, curating and installing over 250 exhibitions throughout her career. Most notably, she has been the director of Merwin and Wakeley Galleries at Illinois Wesleyan University, the director of "Network," at the Cranbrook Art Museum, and she currently serves as the director of Hiestand Galleries at Miami University.
Ann's main projects at Hiestand Galleries consist of the annual Miami University Young Painters Competition and Young Sculptors Competition. These national competitions attract emerging artists throughout the nation and engage renowned artists and critics to juror the competitions.
Ann's artistic scholarship goes beyond the scope of the gallery as she has worked as an associate professor at Illinois Wesleyan University and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of the Professional Practices/Capstone course for the Department of Art at Miami University. Ann has served as a juror for exhibitions throughout the nation, and has acquired visiting artist grants on an international scope. Her works reside in numerous private and public collections, including Harvard University and the Nelson Atkins Museum. Her commission for Imagery Estate Winery, Sonoma Valley, is included in the 2006 book, IMAGERY: Art for Wine, by Bob Nugent with a foreward by Donald Kuspit.