I’d like to see this project attract artists whose works think through the implications of various perceptions of black masculinity in art and media, from minstrel coon imagery to hip-hop as a global brand, from Do the Right Thing to the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice. We welcome works in a variety of media, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, and film stills, for example. I hope this feature provides a platform from which artists can share and engage in critical dialogue around the social, legal, and economic systems that nurture institutional disparity and racial injustice.
Patrick Earl Hammie is an artist best known for his monumental portraits related primarily to themes of identity, history, and narrative. He holds a BA from Coker College and an MFA the University of Connecticut, and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 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. He has exhibited throughout the U.S., and his 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. Hammie is represented by Yeelen Gallery in Miami.