Associate Professor + Chair of Studio Arts
Patrick Earl Hammie is a visual artist—painter, draftsman, sculptor, and illustrator—who specializes in portraiture, cultural identity, storytelling, and the body in visual culture. Hammie's projects, interdisciplinary collaborations, and commissions explore his personal journey through the spaces, relationships, and expectations that his Black body navigates, to offers stories that expand how we express notions of self, community, and others today.
Hammie instructs students working in various media including painting, illustration, fashion, photography, sculpture, video, and performance art at all levels and from various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. As a professor of painting and practice, his primary goals are to cultivate students’ conceptual and technical abilities to interpret and create images and express ideas. At beginning levels when students have broad interests in courses of study, he introduces traditional methodologies, materials, and principles in art making. In advanced and graduate courses, he advises students in independent research and through seminars to help them go beyond familiar decisions by presenting philosophies, popular culture, technologies, and histories that they are not aware of.
Hammie’s work and collaborations have been exhibited in Germany, India, South Africa, and the United States, at venues that span the California African American Museum, The Drawing Center, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Kunstwerk Carlshütte, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Zhou B. Art Center. He actively speaks as a lecturer, visiting artist, and critic at institutions throughout the U.S. He was an artist-in-residence at the John Michael Kohler Art Center and the first recipient of the Alice C. Cole ’42 Fellowship from Wellesley College. His art is included in public and private collections including the David C. Driskell Center (Maryland), Kinsey Institute Collections (Indiana), Kohler Company Collection (Wisconsin), JPMorgan Chase Art Collection (New York), and William Benton Museum of Art (Connecticut). He has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Joyce Foundation, Midwestern Voices and Visions, Puffin Foundation, Tanne Foundation, the States of Illinois and Connecticut, and other private foundations.