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artist , art educator

Harmony Hammond, American artist, educator. Recipient award, National Endowment of Arts-Sculpture, 1979, National Endowment for Arts-Graphics, 1983; grantee, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, 1989, Guggenheim Foundation, 1991, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio, 1994, Adolph and Ester Gottlieb Foundation, 1995, Joan Mitchell Foundation, 1998, Andrea Frank Foundation, 2000; CAPS grantee, New York State Council of Arts-Sculpture, 1982.


Hammond, Harmony was born on February 8, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Daughter of William Joseph and Harmony R. (Jensen) Hammond.


Bachelor, University of Minnesota, 1967.


Harmony Hammond earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1967. She co-founded the A.I.R. Gallery in 1972. It was the first women's cooperative art gallery in New York.

She also co-founded Heresies: A Feminist Publication of Art and Politics in 1976, and coedited it. Heresies was founded by Heresies Collective, whose core group consisted of Joyce Kozloff, Miriam Schapiro, Joan Semmel, Lucy Lippard, Mary Beth Edelson, Nancy Spero, and Harmony Hammond. She was an instructor at the New York Feminist Art Institute.

In 1984, she moved to New Mexico. As a tenured full professor, Hammond taught painting, combined media and graduate critiques at the University of Arizona in Tucson, from 1988 to 2005. In her art, Hammond asserts that traditionally feminine qualities are worthwhile artistic subjects and means for artistic creation.

To this end, for example, she created sculptures in the early 1970s featuring swaths of fabric, a traditionally feminine material, as a primary material. There were four fabric series: Bags (1971), Presences (1972), Floorpieces (1973), and Wrapped Sculptures (1977-1984). Harmony Hammond's paintings themselves show how they were made and are almost all abstract.

Hammond is openly lesbian, and curated A Lesbian Show in 1978 at 112 Greene Street Workshop, featuring works by lesbian artists. She was one of the featured artists in the "Great American Lesbian Art Show" at the Woman's Building in 1980. She also curated an exhibition in 1999 at Plan B Evolving Arts in Santa Fe titled Out West, bringing together 41 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and two-spirit artists from the Southwest.

In 2000 she published Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History. She is featured in two 2010 films on feminist art - The Heretics, directed by Joan Braderman which focuses on the founders of the magazines Heresies: A Feminist Publication of Art and Politics in 1976. And !Women Art Revolution, directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson.


  • painting

    • In Her Absence

    • Waiting for the Rain

    • Untitled

    • Small Erasure #3

    • Blanco

    • Untitled (Buckets)

    • Floor Piece V

    • Affection

    • The Gift

    • Flesh Journal #2

    • Ladder

    • Double Elegy

    • Hunkertime

    • The Black Leaf

    • Chrysanthemums


Association member Heresies Magazine. Member Women's Caucus for Art, College Art Association.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: Aikido.


Married Stephen Clover, May 1963 (divorced 1970). 1 child, Tanya Hammond.

William Joseph Hammond

Harmony R. (Jensen) Hammond

Stephen Clover

Tanya Hammond