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Leslie King-Hammond

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Installation Artist
Academic Administrator
Art History Professor
Curator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Burgundy Reds
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream, Nuts, Fruit
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
I'm Blessed To Be Vertical.

Birthplace

Born:
8/4/1944
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Installation Artist
Academic Administrator
Art History Professor
Curator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Burgundy Reds
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream, Nuts, Fruit
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
I'm Blessed To Be Vertical.

Birthplace

Born:
8/4/1944
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Artist, historian, educational administrator and curator Leslie Ann King-Hammond was born on August 4, 1944 to Evelyne Alice Maxwell King and Oliver King. King-Hammond is of Caribbean ancestry and grew up in South Jamaica and Hollis, Queens, New York. She attended New York City Public Schools and won a full stipend-tuition scholarship by the SEEK Grant at the City University of New York, Queens College. King-Hammond accepted the scholarship, attended Queens College and graduated in 1969, earning her B.F.A. degree. She went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from John Hopkins University in 1973 and 1975 respectively.

King-Hammond officially started her career after finishing her undergraduate education in 1969 serving as Chairman of the Art Department for the Performing Arts Workshops of Queens, New York. She remained in this position until 1971, when she became program writer for Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited (HARYOU) in Harlem, New York. HARYOU-ACT, Inc. worked to increase opportunities in education and employment for young blacks in Harlem. In 1973, King-Hammond began lecturing at the Maryland Institute College of Art. By 1976, she was promoted to Dean of Graduate Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art, a position she still holds. Between 1977 and 1981, King-Hammond served as Doctoral Supervisor for Howard University’s Department of African Studies. Between 1980 and 1982, she served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Between 1983 and 1987, King-Hammond worked as Commissioner for the Civic Design Commission in Baltimore, Maryland. Between 1990 and 1996, she served as art consultant for the Afro-American Historical & Cultural Museum. Between 1985 and 1998, King-Hammond served as Project Director of the Phillip Morris Scholarships for Artists of Color. From 2000 to the present, she has served on the Board of Directors of the International House of Art Critics.

King-Hammond has been honored and awarded several times over during her career including the Kress Fellowship, 1974-1945; Mellon Grant for Faculty Research at the Maryland Institute College of Art, 1984; the Trustee Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1986; and the National Endowment for the Arts Award, 2001.

In 2007, King-Hammond was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.

King-Hammond was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 26, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Leslie King-Hammond lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Leslie King-Hammond remembers her trip to Barbados
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Leslie King-Hammond talks about her mother's childhood in Barbados
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her mother's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Leslie King-Hammond talks about the Jamaica neighborhood in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her father's involvement with the Universal Negro Improvement Association
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls her father's occupation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Leslie King-Hammond talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Leslie King-Hammond describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her early experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Leslie King-Hammond remembers seeing a poster of Emmett Till
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls her early interest in art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Leslie King-Hammond remembers her family's response to her art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls the early inspiration for her artwork
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls her lessons at the Brooklyn Museum Art School in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls her piano lessons
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Leslie King-Hammond describes one of her early self-portraits
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls volunteering at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her extracurricular activities in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Leslie King-Hammond remembers her early feminist outlook
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Leslie King-Hammond remembers leaving the church, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Leslie King-Hammond remembers leaving the church, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls her experience at the State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Leslie King-Hammond remembers working for General Electric
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Leslie King-Hammond remembers teaching art at a community program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls receiving a full scholarship to Queens College in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her clothing design business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her opposition to the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Leslie King-Hammond remembers the March on Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls her admission to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls her studies at Queens College in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Leslie King-Hammond remembers the assassination of Malcolm X
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls how activism informed her artwork, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls how activism informed her artwork, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Leslie King-Hammond talks about activist art groups
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Leslie King-Hammond talks about the National Conference of Artists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls the founders of the National Conference of Artists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Leslie King-Hammond remembers her Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge fellowship
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls her graduation from Queens College in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls her Horizon Fellowship to John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her political activism at John Hopkins University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls discrimination at Johns Hopkins University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls discrimination at Johns Hopkins University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls the challenges she faced to obtain a Ph.D. degree
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Leslie King-Hammond talks about her dissertation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Leslie King-Hammond talks about her dissertation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls experiencing sexual harassment at Johns Hopkins University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls obtaining her position at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her deanship at Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her fellowship program for artists of color
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Leslie King-Hammond talks about discrimination in the art field, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Leslie King-Hammond talks about discrimination in the art field, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her writing process for her publications
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Leslie King-Hammond talks about the representation of black artists in education
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls curating 'Black Printmakers and the WPA'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls curating 'Art as a Verb'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Leslie King-Hammond remembers her search for a white rooster, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Leslie King-Hammond remembers her search for a white rooster, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Leslie King-Hammond reflects upon her personal life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Leslie King-Hammond remembers her exhibit, 'Three Generations of African American Women Sculptors'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls her research for 'Three Generations of African American Women Sculptors'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Leslie King-Hammond describes the challenges faced by female artists
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls her installation, 'Barbadian Spirits'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Leslie King-Hammond describes the development of her artwork
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Leslie King-Hammond talks about Seneca Village in New York City
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Leslie King-Hammond reflects upon New York City's slave history
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls her collaboration with Jose J. Mapily, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls her collaboration with Jose J. Mapily, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her research on Seneca Village in New York City
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Leslie King-Hammond recalls her exhibit, 'Agents of Change: Women, Art and Intellect'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Leslie King-Hammond talks about her home in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Leslie King-Hammond describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Leslie King-Hammond reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Leslie King-Hammond reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Leslie King-Hammond talks about her sons, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Leslie King-Hammond talks about her sons, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 11 - Leslie King-Hammond describes how she would like to be remembered