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. 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 the presence of those figures in public art space and discourse. 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, Puffin Foundation, 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. His current solo exhibition Birth Throes at Kruger Gallery in Marfa, runs through September 2018. His work is featured on the cover of the current volume of Obsidian, a premier journal dedicated to literatures and arts of Africa and African Diaspora. Hammie received his BA in Drawing from Coker College and MFA in Painting from the University of Connecticut. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.