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Patrick Hammie

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Contact Information

143 School of Art & Design
M/C 590
Champaign, IL 61820
Associate Professor
Chair of Studio Art
Director's Fellow



Patrick Earl Hammie is Assistant Professor of Painting. He specializes in contemporary painting and drawing, with an emphasis on visual traditions, contemporary masculinity, identity, representations on race and gender, pictoral narrative, and analytical and developmental psychology. Hammie  is best known for his monumental portraits that use body language and narrative to reconfigure inherited conceptions of ideal beauty and heroic nudity. His paintings explore the tension between power and vulnerability, questioning historical constructions of gender and race to expand the filters through which identity is understood. Examining how male artists have presented themselves and the nude, his works symbolize his shadow-selves and move towards aspect of representation that have been historically skewed, are contemporarily taboo or underrepresented.

Within the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Hammie instructs all levels of painting and drawing, leads graduate seminars and advises students. In addition to exhibiting artwork nationally and internationally, he maintains an active speaking schedule as a public lecturer, visiting artist, panelist, juror, and critic. In 2009 he was invited to be an artist in residence at Wellesley College, supported by the Alice C. Cole Fellowship in Studio Arts. In 2011 he was an artist in residence at the John Michael Kohler Art Center, supported by an award from Alliance of Artists Communities.He has received several awards and recognitions, including the Tanne Foundation award, Midwestern Voices and Visions award, Award of Excellence from the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago, Arnold O. Beckman Research Award and a Dave Bown Projects Award. His work is featured in Poets/Artists Magazine: What the Body Says: Power and Vulnerability, (Poet/Artists Magazine, 2011), Figure, Face, Identity, (Sprocketbox Entertainment, 2011) and From Motion to Stillness, (Poets/Artist Magazine, 2013).

Research Interests

  • Art, Art History, African American History, EthnoGothic, Speculative Fiction, Narrative, Visual Culture 
  • Painting, Drawing, Installation, Printmaking, Illustration, Curation, Race, Gender, Identity


B.A. Coker University, M.F.A. University of Connecticut