Ann Purcell is a nationally recognized and highly respected artist. Her paintings are represented in over 17 major museums in the United States - including The National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., Santa Barbara Museum, The Baltimore Museum, Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the New Orleans Museum. She has the respect and support of many prominent art museum directors and contemporary curators.

She has had numerous solos and group exhibitions at prestigious galleries around the country including: Tibor de Nagy Gallery , New York City; Bernard Jacobson Gallery in New York and London; Dart Gallery, Chicago; Hokin Gallery in Chicago, Miami and Palm Beach; and Osuna Gallery in Washington, D.C., Bethesda, Md. and Miami; and Misrachi Gallery in Mexico City.

Her works are in both prominent private and corporate collections including: ATT, Vesti Industries in Cambridge, the "Art in the Embassies Program" of the U.S. State Department; Pepsico Collection, New York; Philadelphia Life Insurance; Capitol Holding Corporation, Louisville; Continental Bank of Chicago; international law offices of Mayer, Brown and Platt, Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, Tokyo; and Debevoise and Plimpton, Washington, D.C.; the Embassy of Italy, and numerous other collections.

Purcell taught painting, drawing, and art history for many years at The Corcoran College of Art and Design, and The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and Parsons School of Art and Design in New York. She has frequently been a guest lecturer and artist-in-residence at various universities and a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in Painting and the Lester Hereward Cooke Foundation Grant for Mid-Career Achievement in Painting (from The National Gallery of Art).

1995 - Master of Arts - New York University, Draper Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
1973 - Bachelor of Arts, Painting, Corcoran College of Art and Design and George Washington University, Washington., D.C.