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 active 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, Uppercase magazine, and 60 Americans.

Personal Statement

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.

Academic Appointments

  • Professor, 2019-present
  • Associate Professor (Tenured 2014), 2012-2019
  • Chair, Visual Studies, 2013-present
  • Acting Associate Dean, Humanities, Spring 2015
  • Assistant Professor, 2007-2012

Year Started



  • MFA in 2D Studies at University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2001
  • BFA in Drawing at Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky, 1998

Achievement & Involvement

Honors and Awards

  • 2016, Artist in Residence, UNC Charlotte and the McColl Center for the Arts, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2015, Artist in Residence, Indie Grits Film Festival, Columbia, South Carolina, funded by an NEA grant
  • 2014-2015, University Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award, St. Edward's University
  • 2014, New American Paintings, #114, West Edition
  • 2012, Dave Bown Projects, 5th Semiannual Competition
  • 2012, Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont

Organizations, Boards and Memberships

  • 2012-present, Panel Member, Chair (since 2016), Austin Art in Public Places Panel
  • 2012-2016, Board Member, Texas Association of Schools of Art


  • College Art Association Conference
  • Foundations in Art, Theory and Education
  • Texas Association of Schools of Art

Creative Expression

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. Currently, through a memoir style graphic novel project called Blanket of Fog, I'm combining my own childhood memories with my interests in consumerist culture and environmental issues.

Publications & Articles


Hammonds, Hollis. Drawing Structure: Conceptual & Observational Techniques. 2nd ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2014. http://www.kendallhunt.com/hammonds/ 

Hammonds, Hollis. Drawing Structure: Conceptual & Observational Techniques. 1st ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2009.


Franz, Jason, ed. "Finalists." International Drawing Annual 8 (2014): cover, 8-9, 79-81, 176-177.

Zevitas, Steven T., ed. "Winners: Western Competition 2014." New American Paintings, no. 114 (2014): 10, 78-81.

Garcia, Armando, ed. "Eye of the Storm: Hollis Hammonds." Snapshot, no. 01 (2014): 46-51.

Franz, Jason, ed. "Finalists." International Drawing Annual 7 (2013): 82-85.

Broz, Debra, ed. "The End." Cantanker, no. 14 (2012): 34-35.

Studio Visit Magazine, January 1, 2011, 76-77.

Hammonds, Hollis. "Forward." In And Also With You: Pato Hebert, 3-4. Austin, Texas: St. Edward's University Fine Arts Gallery, 2011.

Hammonds, Hollis. "Notes on Drawing..." In Summer Some Aren't, Cover, 4-5, 8-9. Cincinnati, Ohio: U-turn Art Space, 2010.

Franz, Jason, ed. "Finalists." International Drawing Annual 4 (2009): 82-85.

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.



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


Creative Works


  • What a Bloody Mess: Hollis Hammonds, Jenn Hassin & Claude Van Lingen, grayDUCK Gallery, Austin, TX (reception 4/14)
  • Solo ExhibitionThe Space Between: Believing and Forgetting, Cannon Gallery of Art, Western Oregon University, OR (2/22-3/24)
  • Foundation Drawing: Melissa Cooke, Hollis Hammonds, & Joan Linder, Weeks Gallery, Jamestown Community College, NY, (2/6-3/15)


  • Understory, works by Lee Baxter Davis, Hollis Hammonds, Trenton Doyle Hancock, and Alyssa Taylor Wendt, Mass Gallery, Austin, TX (opening 11/4/16)
  • 60 Americans, curated by Terrence Sanders, Makeshift Museum, Los Angeles, CA (10/22-11/25, 2016)
  • Solo ExhibitionWasteland, Gallery 2506, Chicago, IL (4/15-5/20)
  • Drawing Into Space: Works by McColl Visiting Artist Hollis Hammonds and Students of the Department of Art & Art History, Rowe Galleries, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC (3/17-3/30)
  • Texas Draws IV, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX (Curator: Mary Mikel Stump 2/11-4/24) 
  • Solo Exhibitionwasteland/wonderland, Dishman Art Museum, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX (1/4–3/6)


  • Windows of Vulnerability: Lauren Gallaspy, Hollis Hammonds & Sara Parent-Ramos, Cohen Gallery, Alfred University, NY (October)
  • Solo ExhibitionHollis Hammonds: Drawing Details, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX (August)
  • Solo ExhibitionFuture Perfect, “Columbia’s Rainbow: Objects in Motion,” Indie Grits Film Festival, Free Times Gallery, Columbia, SC (Juried, NEA funded, Artist-in-Residence, 4/11-4/20)
  • Solo ExhibitionBlanket of Fog, Women & Their Work, Austin, TX (Juried Exhibition, 4/2-5/7)
  • Two-Person ExhibitionMarking Time • Making Space: Drawings by Hollis Hammonds and Chris Troutman, Haggerty Gallery, University of Dallas, Dallas, TX (3/20-4/27)
  • The People’s Gallery Exhibition 2015, Austin City Hall, Austin, TX (Juried Exhibition, 2/24/15 – 1/13/16)


  • Two-Person ExhibitionConstructs works by Hollis Hammonds and Gladys Poorte, Davis Gallery, Austin, TX (10/25-12/6) 
  • Solo ExhibitionSalvaged, Austin Community College, Austin, TX (9/2-10/2)
  • Mark(ing) Time: Expanded Notions in Drawing, Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, TX (Curator: Megan Young, 8/15-10/1)
  • Solo ExhibitionWorthless Matter, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC (Juried Exhibition, 5/16-7/6) 
  • Solo ExhibitionWorthless Matter: Constellation, Safe Room Gallery, Dallas, TX (April)
  • Hoarding, Amassing & Excess, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, IL (Juried Exhibition, 3/25-5/23) 
  • Solo ExhibitionWorthless Matter, Reed Gallery at the University of Cincinnati, OH (2/13-4/4) 
  • Drawn In / Drawn Out, Grace Museum, Abilene, TX (Curator: Judy Deaton, February-April)


  • Hunting Art Prize Gala, Houston, TX (Juried Exhibition, May)
  • Solo ExhibitionIn Ruins, Folio Gallery at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (2/11-24)


  • The End, Cantanker release/exhibition, Big Medium, Austin, TX (Juried Exhibition, 12/15/12 – 1/18/13) 
  • The People’s Gallery Exhibition 2012, Austin City Hall, Austin, TX (Juried Exhibition, 2/24/12 – 1/13/13)
  • Solo ExhibitionIn Ruins, Robert E. and Martha Hull Lee Gallery, Hiestand Galleries at Miami University, Oxford, OH (November)
  • Solo ExhibitionIn Ruins, The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art, Hattiesburg, MS (8/30 – 9/20)
  • Solo ExhibitionBeautiful Monsters, Flex Space, Pump Project Satellite, Austin, TX (April)
  • Solo ExhibitionBeautiful Monsters, University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, KS (February)


  • Summer Some Aren’t, Uturn Art Space, Cincinnati, OH (7/10 – 7/31) 


  • Making Their Mark, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR (Juried exhibition)
  • 40 Years of Alumni Artists, Fine Arts Center, Main Gallery, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY (Juried Exhibition, 9/25 – 10/24) 


  • Evidence and Residues: an Investigation of Contemporary Drawing, University Art Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN (Juried Exhibition, 1/10 – 2/2) 


  • Two-Person ExhibitionRECORDS AND ILLUSIONS: Recent work by Hollis Hammonds & Carrie Nixon, University Galleries on Sycamore, Cincinnati, OH
  • TEXTURE, Arts + Literature Laboratory Gallery, New Haven, CT (Juried Exhibition, 8/19 – 9/17) 


  • Downtown for Democracy, The Mockbee, Cincinnati, OH
  • b.j.u.r.e., biennial juried underground railroad exhibition, Visual Journey: Enslavement, Underground Railroad, Freedom, Northern KY University Main Gallery, Highland Heights, KY (Juror: Michael Ray Charles)


  • Installations & Performances, The Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center, Covington, KY (Juried Exhibition)  


  • Two-Person ExhibitionHollis & Murphy, 840 Gallery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • Intermedia 2001, Westin Gallery, Aronoff Center, Cincinnati, OH (Juried premiere screening of Ruby’s House)
  • Inside Out, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyna Beach, FL