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 Emerita at the Corcoran College of Art + Design at George Washington University and Principal of Insight Institute, a non-profit that promotes innovation, cititical thinking and creative problem solving through art-based initiatives in a variety of educational and professional contexts from medical training to business management.
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. 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.