Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 3:30pm
Artist Presentation – Storrs Campus, Art Building, Room 109
Patrick Earl Hammie is an American visual artist best known for his large-scale portrait and
figurative paintings that draw from art history and visual culture to examine cultural identity, social
equity, and critical aspects of gender and race today. Hammie’s body of work is defined by his
ongoing engagement with the history of painting, and his use of scale, expression, and emotive
subject matter recalls the painterly gestures of the Baroque and Romantic periods. In part his
interest is historical: he studies the pictorial, technical, and narrative conventions of Western art to
explore the ways in which primarily male artists have imagined the body. Considering such
conventions in a contemporary context, he delivers fresh ideals of bodies of color and women that
both disturb the existing cannon and normalize their presence in public art space and
discourse. Hammie is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
His work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad, and he has received
awards and grants from Alliance of Artists Communities with the Joyce Foundation, Indianapolis
Art Center, Tanne Foundation, University of Illinois, Wellesley College, and Zhou B Art Center.
His work is a part of 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. Hammie is represented by
Yeelen Gallery in Miami and Kruger Gallery in Chicago.