Harmony Hammond

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”.

Hammond, a native of Chicago, attended the University of Minnesota from 1963-67 (B.A., 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), where she had her first solo show in NYC (1973). In 1975, she taught at Sagaris (Session I), an educational institute and think tank for radical feminist political thought, and in 1976 began meeting with the women who founded Heresies. She co-edited the inaugural Issue #1, the ground-breaking Issue #3 “Lesbian Art and Artists”, and Issue #9 “Power, Propaganda, and Backlash”, publishing articles in these issues as well as others.

In 1984, Hammond moved to New Mexico. As a tenured full Professor, she taught painting, combined media and graduate critiques at the University of Arizona (Tucson), from 1988-2005.

Hammond is a Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of two awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has received numerous other fellowships and awards. She has had over 30 solo exhibitions and her work (primarily abstract painting, sculpture and monotypes, but also more overtly political work) has been shown internationally in galleries, museums, and not-for-profit spaces. It has been written about in most art periodicals and journals and is in the permanent collections of many museums. She is represented by Dwight Hackett projects, in Santa Fe.

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

She studies and teaches Aikido (5th degree Black Belt) and is active in Galisteo, NM where she lives and works (until recently she was a volunteer firefighter, now she is involved with the Community Association and the Galisteo Watershed).


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