National Museum of Women in the Arts
Harmony Hammond
February 08 1944 - present
Photograph of Harmony Hammond, by Tanya Hammond, courtesy of the artist. (c) Tanya Hammond
Place of Birth:
Phonetic Spelling:
HAR-moh-nee HAM-ehnd
Minority status:
White non-Hispanic
Work Type/Media:
Drawings and prints, Painting, Sculpture
Artistic Role(s):
Mixed Media Artist , Painter, Printmaker, Sculptor
Abstraction, Feminist Art
Artist's Biography:
Harmony Hammond is an artist, art writer and independent curator who lives and works in Northern New Mexico. Considered a pioneer of the Feminist Art Movement, she lectures, writes and publishes extensively on feminist art, lesbian art, and the cultural representation of 'difference'. She is a professor at the University of Arizona (Tucson), where she teaches painting and combined media.

Hammond attended the University of Minnesota from 1963 to 1967. In 1969, she moved to Manhattan where she was a co-founder of A.I.R., the first women’s cooperative art gallery in New York, (1972), and co-editor of Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art & Politics, (1976). In 1984, she moved to New Mexico.

She has had over thirty solo exhibitions and her work has been shown internationally in venues such as Site Santa Fe; New Museum, New York; Smack Mellon Studios, Brooklyn; Bronx Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, Queens; Tucson Museum of Art; Whitney Museum, New York; White Columns, New York; Brooklyn Museum; Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; American Center, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Havana; Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City; and Haags Gementemuseum, The Hague. Her work is represented by Dwight Hackett projects, in Santa Fe.

Hammond’s work is in the permanent collections of many museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Walker Art Center; the Brooklyn Museum; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago; and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb, Joan Mitchell, Andrea Frank, and Pollock-Krasner foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Her book Wrappings: Essays on Feminism, Art & the Martial Arts, (TSL Press, 1984), a classic on '70s feminist art, is out of print. Her recent ground-breaking book Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History (Rizzoli, 2000) received a Lambda Literary Award.

Biography courtesy of Harmony Hammond

Other Occupation(s):
Activist, Author, Curator , Feminist, Lecturer, Professor, Writer
Place(s) of Residence:
New York
Where Trained/Schools:
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA (1963-1967) Milliken University, Decatur, IL, USA (1961-1963) School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA (1960-1961)
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Grant, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, NY, USA (1989, 2007) Tucson Pima Arts Council, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA (2001) Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York, NY, USA (1991) Artist Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC, USA (1983, 1979)
Earliest exhibition:
Biennial, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA (1964)
NMWA exhibition(s):
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution
Presswork: The Art of Women Printmakers
Preserving the Past, Securing the Future: Donations of Art, 1987-1997
Artist retrospective(s):
Harmony Hammond: Ten Years, Glenn Hanson Gallery and W.A.R.M., Minneapolis, MN, USA (1991)
The Meeting of Passion and Intellect, 1981
The Meeting of Passion and Intellect