Ann Silver, who was born deaf, received her BA in Commercial Art from Gallaudet University and an MA from New York University in 1977. Silver is a co-founding member of the historic Deaf Art Movement (DAM) of the 1960s that came before the Deaf View/Image Art movement (De’VIA) in 1989. She is among Deaf artists who place a perspective on their artwork which relates to American Sign Language, Deaf heritage and Deaf culture. Her visual arts background includes graphic design, illustration, logo design, Deaftoons and art direction. She is an advocate for the recognition and inclusion of deaf art in both the art world and in academia.