Ann holds a B.A. from Louisiana State University and Masters from Lourdes College. She began as a glassblower at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1997 and then went on to explore kiln-forming with teachers, Anna Boothe (Temple University, and Urban Glass, NYC), Karl Herron, Jane Bruce and Miriam Di Fiore. She first opened her studio in her garage in 2003, then moved to her current location in 2009 located in Perrysburg, Ohio.
Ann believes that fused glass is the perfect amalgamation of art, science and technology. She provides hands-on art experiences for adults and children, teaching them elements of design, color theory and creative confidence.
Ann Hymel's work is in private collections around the United States, Japan and South Korea. In 2009, she presented at the Ohio Arts Educators Conference, teaching educators how to bring glass into the classroom. She has been the visiting artist teaching in several schools in Ohio and Michigan. Ann has been featured in many news articles including the Toledo Blade, Perrysburg Messenger Journal, Monroe News, the Sylvania Advantage and more. She is a part of the Ohio Art Education Association and Athena Art Society, the oldest continuous women's art organization in the United States.
"Distinguished Citizen for Art Education" 2010 - Ohio Art Education Association Northwest Region
“Outstanding Art Teacher” 2017 - Ohio Art Education Association Northwest Region
“Distinguished Business for Art Education” - Ohio Art Education Association Northwest Region
Toledo Area Art Show, TMA, 2013
"Gifts of Art", Michigan University Hospital System, 2013