Profile: Patrick Earl Hammie (1981-)

Patrick Earl Hammie is an American visual artist and educator best known for his large-scale portrait and nude paintings of allegorical subjects. Hammie’s paintings emphasize movement, color, and sensuality, drawing from art history and visual culture to examine ideas related to cultural identity, masculinity, beauty, and sexuality. Hammie lives in Champaign, where he currently works as an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Continue reading Profile: Patrick Earl Hammie (1981-)

Profile: Sam Gilliam (1933)

Biography The career of painter Sam Gilliam has spanned decades and mediums, using paint, draped canvas, and plastics to help influence numerous schools of art. Sam Gilliam, Jr., was born on November 30, 1933, in Tupelo, Mississippi, to Sam, a railroad worker and Estery, a maternal engineer. The seventh of eight children, Gilliam and his family moved to Louisville, Kentucky, shortly after he was born. … Continue reading Profile: Sam Gilliam (1933)