Story of Ann Norton
Born in Selma, Alabama, Ann Vaughan Weaver drew from the time she was five-years old and received her first sculpting tool at age eight. Like many young artists, Ann moved to New York to study at the National Academy of Design, the Arts Student League of New York and Cooper Union. She studied with artists William Zorach, Leon Kroll, and Jose de Creeft. She apprenticed with John Hovannes and was a studio assistant to Alexander Archipenko. While in New York, Ann’s work was well received and she participated in group shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She was the recipient of two Carnegie Traveling Fellowships. During her career she participated in solo and group exhibitions at the Schneider Gallery, Rome; The Musée Rodin, Paris; Bodley Gallery, New York; Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York; Lowe Museum of Art, Miami; The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach; and the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach.
In 1977 Ann Weaver Norton had the foresight to establish a foundation: Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. Ann sought to preserve and conserve the historically significant art studio, the sculpture gardens, and the architecture that comprise this unique national and local treasure. Ann lived and worked at 2051 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach for 34 years until the time of her death in 1982.
The Gardens is now operated as a 501 (c)(3) foundation supported by an open membership and an elected Board of Trustees. Available services include exhibitions, guided tours of the gardens and Ann Norton’s original sculpture studio, guest lecturers, and educational programs. All programs promote a preservation ethic and incorporate the arts, environmental awareness and interpretive history of Ann Weaver Norton.