Hammonds House Museum boasts a permanent collection of more than 350 works dating from the mid-19th century by artists from America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Highlights of the collection include 18 works by master artist Romare Bearden and the oldest known painting by acclaimed landscape artist Robert S. Duncanson. Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Richard Hunt, Jacob Lawrence, P.H. Polk, Hale Woodruff, and James Van Der Zee are among the scores of important regional, national, and international artists represented in the collection.
The Museum’s yearly calendar of events includes 4-5 visual art exhibitions by significant mid-career and established artists, artist talks, panel discussions, workshops, and art camps for young people, as well as book readings and music concerts. The Museum’s Resource Center is a valuable repository of printed, photographic, and digital information on hundreds of artists and exhibitions.
For 25 years, Hammonds House Museum has been a mecca for people seeking inspiration, interaction, and intellectual stimulation centered on art of the African Diaspora. The Museum has redefined the experience of art by providing thought-provoking exhibitions and cultural events in an environment that is at once comfortable, mind-expanding, and uniquely attuned to the interests and needs of patrons of every age.
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