Hollis Hammonds is an artist, professor of art, and Chair of Visual Studies. Her teaching specializations include drawing, painting, and graphic novels. She is author of the drawing textbook Drawing Structure: Conceptual & Observational Techniques.
Hollis is an actively exhibiting artist, including solo exhibitions at The Fine Arts Galleries at Northern Kentucky University; the Dishman Art Museum in Beaumont, TX; Women and Their Work in Austin, TX; Gallery 2506 in Chicago, IL; Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC; the Reed Gallery at the University of Cincinnati in OH; the Museum of Art at Southern Mississippi University in Hattiesburg, MS; the Hiestand Galleries at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; Flex Space, Pump Project Satellite Space in Austin, TX; Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX; and the University of St. Mary Gallery in Leavenworth, KS. Her creative work has been published in New American Paintings, Manifest's International Drawing Annual, FOA magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, and Uppercase magazine.
As artists we challenge, reflect on, and question society; from the minutest details to the grandest of themes, we use art as a means to critique our world.
Ranging from detailed drawings to sculptural installations, my creative works deal with memory, material consumption, waste, catastrophe and superficial loss. Questioning consumerist culture through evidence of accumulation, hoarding and collecting, piles of debris and trash fill my drawings and installations. Ongoing projects include a memoir-style project called Blanket of Fog, an installation exploring Police brutality and American domesticity called Domestic Brutality, and a collaborative project with poet Sasha West titled A Dark Wood Grew Inside Me reflecting both of our concerns over the environmental crisis and an uncertain future.
Endpaper Artwork: Life and Death in a Carceral State: Narratives of Loss and Survival, Texas After Violence Project, 2018.
Exhibit in Print: New American Paintings, No. 138, West Issue, 2018.
Exhibit and Interview in Print: Friend of the Artist (FOA) magazine, Summer 2017
Contributing author: "Agents of Change: Facilitating Collegial Investment and Support," Future Forward, Vol. 5, April 2017, pp. 54-67. Integrative Teaching International, ThinkTank9 – Citizen/Artist: Education and Agency
Exhibit Catalog: Good Mourning Tis of Thee, Co-Lab Projects’ DEMO Gallery, Austin, TX. 2017, pp. 7-8, 117, 145.
Exhibit in Print: International Drawing Annual 10, Manifest Press, Cincinnati, OH. Juried publication, 2016, Page 100.
Exhibit Catalog: Blanket of Fog, with an essay by Seth Orion Schwaiger, Women & Their Work Gallery, 2015.
Textbook: Hammonds, Hollis. Drawing Structure: Conceptual & Observational Techniques. 2nd ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2014. http://www.kendallhunt.com/hammonds/
Exhibit in Print: Franz, Jason, ed. "Finalists." International Drawing Annual 8 (2014): cover, 8-9, 79-81, 176-177.
Exhibit in Print: Zevitas, Steven T., ed. "Winners: Western Competition 2014." New American Paintings, no. 114 (2014): 10, 78-81.
Interview in Print: Garcia, Armando, ed. "Eye of the Storm: Hollis Hammonds." Snapshot, no. 01 (2014): 46-51.
Exhibit in Print: Franz, Jason, ed. "Finalists." International Drawing Annual 7 (2013): 82-85.
Exhibit in Print: Broz, Debra, ed. "The End." Cantanker, no. 14 (2012): 34-35.
Exhibit in Print: Studio Visit Magazine, January 1, 2011, 76-77.
Exhibit Catalog Forward: Hammonds, Hollis. "Forward." In And Also With You: Pato Hebert, 3-4. Austin, Texas: St. Edward's University Fine Arts Gallery, 2011.
Exhibit Catalog Forward: Hammonds, Hollis. "Notes on Drawing..." In Summer Some Aren't, Cover, 4-5, 8-9. Cincinnati, Ohio: U-turn Art Space, 2010.
Textbook: Hammonds, Hollis. Drawing Structure: Conceptual & Observational Techniques. 1st ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2009.
Exhibit in Print: Franz, Jason, ed. "Finalists." International Drawing Annual 4 (2009): 82-85.
Exhibit Catalog: B.j.u.r.e. Biennial Juried Underground Railroad Exhibition, Visual Journey: Enslavement, Underground Railroad, Freedom. Highland Heights, Kentucky: Northern Kentucky University, 2004. 52-53.
Emily Broyles, "“Homecoming” sees NKU alum return to her roots," The Northerner, September 20, 2019.
Jean, Melany, “MASS Gallery's "Staycation: thresholds" The gallery's first exhibit in its new home invites viewers into the private self and into the stretching of one's limits,” The Austin Chronicle, November 6, 2018. (review of exhibit co-curated by Hollis Hammonds and riel struchio)
Hyatt, Joana, “An Interview with Artist and Educator Hollis Hammonds,” Trends 2016, The Journal of the Texas Art Education Association, 2016, Pages 54-59.
Meyers, Ashley, “Foundation Drawing at the Weeks Gallery,” Student Voices, JCC SUNY, March 8, 2017.
Tilley, Melissa, “Explore Artists’ “Wasteland/Wonderland” at the Dishman Art Museum.” EventsBook, SoutheastTexasEvents, January, 2016, Page 23.
Hinton, Brandianne, “Wonder of Waste: Hammonds explores memory, possessions, loss at Dishman.” University Press: Lamar University, Vol. 92, No. 12, January 28, 2016, Pages 1 & 4.
Duerler, Caitlin, "Destructive Beauty: Hammonds’ wasteland/wonderland explores value of possessions." ISSUE Magazine, February, 2016.
Brenner, Wayne Allen, "Top 10 Arts-Related Program Activities of 2015: The most memorable art of 2015 carved strange and brilliant new spaces out of familiar ones." The Austin Chronicle, January 1, 2016.
Cote, Grace & Newman, Lea, "Artful: What to do and see in Charlotte." The Charlotte Observer, December 30, 2015.
Carter, Richard, "Art Sketches Shadows of Displaced Identity," Times Record News, November 1, 2015.
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, "In a solo exhibit, Hollis Hammonds reconciles with a childhood fire," Austin American-Statesman, Austin, TX, April 1, 2015.
Garcia, Armando, ed. "Eye of the Storm: Hollis Hammonds." Snapshot, no. 01, 2014, Pages 46-51.
Susannah Morgan, "Hollis Hammonds: Drawing Beauty from Ruin," Aether Magazine, Austin, TX, fall/winter 2014.
Luke Quinton, "Gladys Poorte’s art expands into several dimensions," Austin American-Statesman, Austin, TX, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.
Abrams, Nora Burnett, "Juror's Comments," New American Paintings, October/November 2014, Pages 10-11.
Leah Rhyne, "The artwork of Hollis Hammonds finds beauty in humanity's castoffs, A Beautiful Disaster," Charleston City Paper, May 21, 2014
Lawrence, Jordan, "Future Focus: Shorter But Busier, Indie Grits Festival Keeps Moving Forward." Free Times: Cover Story, April 15, 2015.
Pauline West, "Hollis Hammonds: Worthless Matter," https://reduxartcenter.wordpress.com, March 2014
Stacy Huggins, "Hollis Hammonds’ Worthless Matter," Art Mag, Charleston, SC, March 28th, 2014 (Spring 2014).
Keith Banner, "Wave of Mutilation: Hollis Hammonds’ “Worthless Matter” at Dorothy W. and C. Lawson Reed, Jr. Gallery, DAAP," AEQAI, February 23, 2014.
Hall, Thomas, "Artist Marcus Jansen wins 5th Semiannual Dave Bown Projects competition." examiner.com, December 16, 2012.
Caitlin Greenwood, "Hammonds’s Beautiful Monsters Renders Natural Disasters Majestic," Austinist.com, Arts & Entertainment, May 23, 2012.
"Labour Intensive," Uppercase Magazine, Issue 11, October 2011, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, pp. 42-50.
Stacia Hernstrom, “Going Public, An art class designs for the masses,” St. Edward’s University Magazine, Spring 2011.
Yenifes Trochez, “Art spruces up Hunt Hall Café,” Hilltop Views, St. Edward’s University, September 22, 2010.
Patrick Jones, “Huge Cake for huge year,” Hilltop Views, St. Edward’s University, September 22, 2010.
Hans Christianson, “You Gotta Have Art, The new Fine Arts Gallery director talks shop,” St. Edward’s University Magazine, Fall 2008, Volume 9, Issue 3.
Staff Reporter, "Making Their Mark," The Observer, October 2, 2008.
Cory Peeke, "Six Artists Explore the Possibilities of Drawing," EOU News, Eastern Oregon University, September 23, 2008.
Paula Meyer, "Contemporary Drawing Exhibit at ISU Jan. 10-Feb. 2," ISU Newsroom, Indiana State University, Janurary 4, 2007.
Hank Hoffman, "Text Messaging," Connecticut Art Scene, September 15, 2006.
Judy Birke, "Message sometimes lost in medium in ALL's Texture," The New Haven Register: CT Central, September 9, 2006.
John Fox, "Young Influentials Take Root in Cincinnati: The 'next generation' of artists and arts leaders come of age; how are they doing?," Cincinnati CityBeat, August 30, 2006.
Selena Reder, "Triple Threat: Curator, teacher and artist Hollis Hammonds remains immersed in the local art community," Cincinnati CityBeat, August 23-29, 2006.
Christine Mersch, "Hanging History: University Galleries on Sycamore offers art both old and new," Cincinnati CityBeat, April 5, 2006.
Jackie Glaser, "Truly Unhooked: Visual Fringe expands Fringe Festival Concept in unexpected ways," Cincinnati CityBeat, June 8, 2005.
Jaquelyn Vaughn, "Articulations," Cincinnati CityBeat, February 2, 2005.
William Messer, "Reviews | Midwest," Art Papers, p. 53, January/February, 2005.
Jackie Demaline, "Hollis directs Visual Fringe," Cincinnati Enquirer, Sunday, March 14, 2004.
Julie Bernzott, "Visual Fringe is a powerful accessory to this year's edgy new festival," Cincinnati CityBeat, May 12, 2004.
Allyson Jacob, "Beyond candy hearts and flowers." AroundCinci.com, Friday, February 6, 2004.
Stacey Recht, "Moving On, What's next for the visionaries behind The Artery and SSNOVA." Cincinnati CityBeat, vol 9, issue 49 Oct 15-21, 2003.
Steve Ramos, "Lost in Space - Supporters of Alternative Arts Spaces - from Laura Hollis to Ed Stern - try to Weather the Tough Times," Cincinnati CityBeat, vol. 9, issue 22, 2003.
Rick Pender, "Steve Ramos & Staff, The Next Influentials," Cincinnati CityBeat, vol. 9, issue 22, 2003.
Steve Ramos, "Newport Without Artery," Cincinnati CityBeat, vol. 9, issue 19, 2003.
Kitty Morgan, "Cool City (the Creative Class)," Cincinnati Magazine, cover story, May 2003.
Chris Carleton, "Five From UC Named Leading Women." University of Cincinnati NewsRecord, 2-7-2003.
ArtBroshure, "The Artery Flows with Scholarly Art," Artspike Magazine, vol. 1, issue 11, Nov. 8, 2002.
Wampler, Liberty, "Art Avalanche," Cincinnati CityBeat: vol. 8, Issue 45, Sept. 19-25, 2002.
John Fox, Rick Pender, and Steve Ramos, "The Most Influential People in the Arts," Cincinnati CityBeat: vol. 8, issue 42; Aug 29-Sep 4, 2002.
Marylin Baurer, "Carnegie Program Immerses Kids in Islamic Culture," The Cincinnati Enquirer: June 2nd, 2002.
Steve Ramos, "Arts Resolution for 2002: Give Youth a Chance," Cincinnati CityBeat: vol. 8, issue 7; Dec. 27, 2001 - Jan. 2, 2002.
Steve Ramos, "Finding Space for Art," Cincinnati CityBeat: vol. 7, issue 42; Sep. 6-12, 2001.
2020 Co-curator & Exhibit Designer, ARTexchange, 108th CAA Annual Conference, Hokin Gallery, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL (February 12-15)
2020 Workshop Organizer, Black Lunch Table, ARTspace, 108th CAA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (February 12-15)
2020 Session Co-chair, Active Engagement with Diversity and Inclusion, ARTspace, 108th CAA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (February 12-15)
2019 Presenter, “Building, Destroying, and Re-configuring Through Installation,” SECAC Conference, Chattanooga, TN (October 16-19)
2019 Panelist, “Balancing Obsession, with Matt Kish, Denise Burge, Matt Hart, & Hollis Hammonds,” National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA) Conference, Cincinnati, OH (September 18-20)
2019 Panelist, University Galleries: Strategies for Active Engagement, ARTspace, 107th CAA Annual Conference, NYC, (February 13-16)
2019 Participant, 2019 CCAS Seminar for Department Chairs/Heads, Savannah, GA (February 17-19)
2019 Presenter, “Stereotypes: Content and Context”, Intersectional, diverse, equitable, gendered, political: teaching, FATE Conference, Columbus, OH (April 3-5)
2018 Panelist, Make Way for Making: An Exploration of Makerspaces in Higher Education, Teaching Symposium 2018, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX
2017 Presenter, “Crossing Disciplines through Comics,” SECAC Conference, Columbus, OH (October 25-28)
2017 Presenter, "Drawing Collaborative Frameworks: 3 Case Studies," Foundations, Art, Theory and Education Conference (FATE), Kansas City, MO (April 3-7)
2015 Presenter, Collective Consciousness – A Dialogue on Drawing, Jane Hammond, Elise Engler & Hollis Hammonds, moderator Richard Moninski, College Art Association Conference 2015, New York, NY
2014 Regional Conference Co-Chair, Project Share, FATE/TASA Regional Event, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX
2013 Session Chair, Supporting Undergraduate Research, Foundations, Art, Theory and Education Conference (FATE), Savannah, GA (April 2-6)
2013 Presenter, “Building an Authentic Skill Set in Foundation Level Drawing,” Foundations, Art, Theory and Education Conference, Savannah, GA (April 2-6)
2013 Presenter, Foundations Panel, moderator: Carol Fluekiger, Texas Association of Schools of Art Conference, Houston, TX (October 10-13)
2011 Presenter, “For Better or For Worse? The Union Between Teaching and Making Drawings,” Teaching Foundations vs. Studio Practice, Foundations, Art, Theory and Education Conference, St. Louis, MS
2010 Participant: Four Minds for the Future: Creative, Constructive, Critical, Connective, ThinkTank5 Conference, University of Georgia, Athens, GA (June 2-6)
2010 Conference Co-chair, 2010 TASA Conference: Art & Community: A shared dialog of green art, social activism, collaboration and community art, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX
2010 Presenter, “Drawing Structure: Beginning Drawing and a DIY Textbook,” Innovations in Foundations, TASA Conference, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX
2010 Exhibitor, One Cube Foot Exhibition, SEU Fine Arts Gallery, TASA Conference, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX
2009 Participant, Faculty Institute on Globalization and Society (FIGS), Salado, TX (May 31-Jun 3)
2017 Visiting Artist in Residence, Weeks Gallery, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, NY
2016 Artist in Residence, McColl Center for Art + Innovation & UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
2016 Panel Discussion: Drawing Into Space, Artist in Residence at UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
2016 Visiting Artist Lectures and Student Critiques, UNT Dallas, Denton, TX
2016 Panel Discussion: Cultural Memory, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC
2016 Gallery Talk, Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, TX
2015 Artist in Residence, Public Lecture and Collaborative Art Installation (w/students), Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX
2015 Public Lecture, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX
2015 Gallery Talk, Women & Their Work, Austin, TX
2015 Gallery Talk, University of Dallas, Dallas, TX
2014 Gallery Talk, Davis Gallery, Austin, TX
2014 Public Lecture, Austin Community College, Austin, TX
2014 Gallery Talk, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC
2014 Gallery Talk, Reed Gallery at the University of Cincinnati, OH
2013 Public Lecture and Graduate Student Critiques, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
2012 Public Lecture, Miami University, Oxford, OH
2012 Gallery Talk, Flex Space, Pump Project Satellite, Austin, TX
2012 Presentation, University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, KS
2008 Student Critiques, Eastern Oregon University, La Grange, OR
2007 Gallery Talk, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
2007 Presentation, RIT, Rochester, NY