Patrick Earl Hammie
Patrick Earl Hammie is a painter who has developed a body of figurative work based on the images of the male body as a metaphor for social and political concerns such as identity, gender and race. His paintings explore the tension between power and vulnerability and examine how male artists have historically represented themselves and the nude. Hammie characterizes his work as â€œan effort to reconcile inner duality, transcend typical masculine ideals and yield to new realities that require constant compromise and change.â€ Hammie studied art at South Carolina’s Coker College and at the University of Connecticut. Since 2007, Hammie has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions in the U.S, and abroad. In 2008, he was awarded the Alice C. Cole Fellowship in Studio Arts from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, which supported a year of research and culminated in his exhibition Equivalent Exchange. In 2010, he had a solo exhibition at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and was featured in Studio Visit magazine. He recently joined the faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
This bio/description was originally published in 2010 and updated in 2013. For more current information, please refer to the award recipient's website (if provided).