Patrick Earl Hammie, born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1981, is an artist best known for his monumental portraits related primarily to themes of identity, history, and narrative. Considering the potential paintings of the human figure have to reflect the values of the period in which they are produced, Hammie’s work investigates the expectations built into this canonical genre, probing and dismantling the idealizing impulses that have historically shaped it. Drawing on the emotive qualities of Romanticist painting and its use of heroic proportions to engage with political and humanistic expression, he focuses specifically on constructions of gender and race, putting pressure on these categories as a means of expanding understandings of identity, and reconfiguring inherited conceptions of ideal beauty and heroic nudity.

Patrick Earl Hammie received his B.A. from Coker College and his M.F.A. in painting from the University of Connecticut. Hammie is currently an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he lives and works.

Patrick Earl Hammie has exhibited throughout the U.S. including Stewart Center Gallery at Purdue University, Porter Butts Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Drawing Center in New York. In 2008, he received an Alice C. Cole ’42 fellowship from Wellesley College, where he was in residence for one year and completed his project Equivalent Exchange. In 2011, he was an artist in residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center with support from Alliance of Artists Communities with the Joyce Foundation.

Patrick Earl Hammie’s art is on display in the permanent collections of the Kohler Company and John Michael Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin, and the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University.

Patrick Earl Hammie b.1981
Lives and works in Champaign, Illinois



  • 2011 Arts/Industry Residency, John Michael Kohler Art Center.
  • 2008-9 Studio Art Residency, Wellesley College.

Lectures/Artists Talks

  • 2014 University of Wyoming
  • 2014 Elon University
  • 2014 University of Iowa
  • 2013 Wheaton College
  • 2013 University of New Mexico
  • 2013 Ithaca College
  • 2013 Stony Brook University
  • 2012 Northeastern Illinois University
  • 2011 University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • 2010 Morehead State University
  • 2010 Purdue University
  • 2010 Krannert Art Museum
  • 2009 Skidmore College
  • 2009 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
  • 2009 Wellesley College
  • 2008 William Benton Museum of Art
  • 2008 University of Connecticut
  • 2008 University of Northern Iowa
  • 2008 Alfred University


  • 2008 M.F.A., University of Connecticut
  • 2004 B.A., Coker College Hartsville, SC

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2014 Significant Other Porter Butts Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Traveled to Gallery 406
  • 2013 Significant Other Greymatter Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2011 Patrick Earl Hammie Boseman Gallery, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • 2010 Platforms Stewart Center Gallery, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • 2009 Equivalent Exchange Jewett Art Gallery, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
  • 2014 The Intuitionists The Drawing Center, New York
  • 2014 Arts/Industry Collaboration and Revelation John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
  • 2014 THE(UN)FAIR New York
  • 2013 From Motion to Stillness Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago
  • 2013 Meditations on Emancipation in the 21st Century Lederer Gallery, State University of New York, Geneseo
  • 2012 Art From the Heartland Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
  • 2012 Fantastic Blackness: The Art and Politics of the Black Superhero West Gallery, California State University, Northridge, CA
  • 2012 Form Follows Figure, NEIU Fine Arts Center NEIU Fine Arts Center, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago
  • 2011 Midwestern Voices and Visions Coalition Gallery, Chicago
  • 2011 Charged Brushes The Painting Center, New York
  • 2010 Human Conditions Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead, KY
  • 2010 Nord Art Kunst in der Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany
  • 2009 Headshots Reisman Hall Art Gallery, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY
  • 2009 Coast to Coast Dakshina Chitra Gallery, Chennai, India. Traveled to Ruchika’s Art Gallery, Panjim Goa, India
  • 2008 Pentameter William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT. Traveled to Kathleen Cullen Gallery, New York
  • 2008 Rites of Passage The Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA

Awards & Grants

  • Dave Bown Projects Award (finalist) Dave Bown Projects 2012
  • Midwestern Voices and Visions Award Alliance of Artists Communities with Joyce Foundation 2011
  • Tanne Foundation Award Tanne Foundation 2010
  • Alice C. Cole ’42 Fellowship Wellesley College 2008


  • Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX
  • John Michael Kohler Arts Center Sheboygan, WI
  • Kohler Company Kohler, WI
  • The Kinsey Institute Bloomington, IN
  • William Benton Museum of Art Storrs ,CT