Associate Professor of Painting and Sculpture
Patrick Earl Hammie is an Associate Professor who specializes in contemporary portrait and figurative painting, with an emphasis on cultural identity, social equity, and pictorial narrative. In part his interest is historical: he studies the technical and narrative traditions of Western art and visual culture to explore the ways in which primarily male artists have imagined the body and constructed narrative. Considering such conventions in a contemporary context, he presents fresh ideals of women and men that relocate the perceptions of those bodies and normalizes them in public space and discussion.
Within the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Hammie instructs all levels of painting and drawing, leads seminars, and advises graduate students. He maintains an active speaking schedule as a lecturer, visiting artist, and critic at institutions throughout the U.S. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally, and he has received awards from Alliance of Artists Communities with the Joyce Foundation, Indianapolis Art Center, Puffin Foundation, Tanne Foundation, University of Illinois, and Wellesley College. His work is held in several prominent collections including the Kohler Company Collection, JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, John Michael Kohler Art Center, and William Benton Museum of Art. He has been an artist-in-residence at the John Michael Kohler Art Center, and was named an “Artist to Watch” by the International Review of African American Art. Current solo exhibitions include Birth Throes at Kruger Gallery in Marfa and Aureole at Lawrence University. His work will be featured on the upcoming spring cover of Obsidian, a premier journal dedicated to literatures and arts of Africa and African Diaspora. Hammie received his BA in Drawing from Coker College and MFA in Painting from the University of Connecticut.