Born in Selma, Alabama, Ann Vaughan Weaver drew from the time she was 5 years old and received her first sculpting tool at age 8. Like many young artists, Ann moved to New York to study at the National Academy of Design, Arts Student League of New York and Cooper Union. She studied with artists John Hovannes, Leon Kroll, Jose de Creeft, and was 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, 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.
n 1977 Ann Weaver Norton had the foresight to establish a foundation: Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. Ann sought to preserve the historically significant art studio, the sculpture gardens and the architecture that comprise this unique national and local treasure. Ann lived and worked at 253 Barcelona Road, West Palm Beach for 34 years until the time of her death in 1982.