Claudia Hammer

After working in the fashion and advertising business for 20 years, I decided to  devote all my time to my first love, art.  My mediums are graphite, charcoal, pastel and oil.

I received my training taking selected classes from the Louisville School of Art, Louisville, KY; Parsons School of Design, Paris, France;  American Academy of Art and The Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL;  Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL; Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy; Tony Ryder 2 wk workshop, Santa Fe NM;  Nelson Shanks 2 wk workshop, West Palm Beach FL

Painting and drawing, to me, is about observation.  The more I understand what I see, the closer I come to capturing it.  I also believe in the importance of good draughtsmanship through discipline, concentration and observation.


Shows and Exhibitions

2009    Kentuckyanna Cluster Dog Show,  Pet Portraits, Kentucky Fairgrounds

2008    Tulsa Artist Coalition, Tulsa OK, Monsters in My Closet, Solo Show

   Morehead University, Kentucky    Juried    “Contemporary Self Portraiture”

    Carnegie Center, New Albany, Indiana    Invitational  “Family Reading”

2006    Dunbar/Bryant Gallery

    Mellwood Arts Center

    St. Francis Imagine Auction

2005    St. Francis Imagine Auction

    Mellwood Arts Center

2004     Bank One Gallery (solo show)

    Lexington Art League “The Nude“  Juried

    St. Francis Imagine Auction

    Mellwood Arts Center

2003    LVAA Dinner Works Show “Food Glorious Food”  Group Show

    St. Francis Imagine Auction

    Heine Bros. “Female Nudes”

    Edenside Gallery

2002    ARTOPIA “Faculty/Student Show”

    Actors Theater, Mary Anderson Group Show

    Heine Bros. “Pastel & Charcoal Nudes”

    Lexington Art League “The Nude”  Juried

2001    Gallery on the Square “The Face & The Figure”  Juried

    Lexington Art League “The Nude”  Juried

    Lexington Art League “Masterpieces of Maturity”  Juried

    Krempp Gallery “Reflections of Italy”  (solo show)

1999    Lexington Art League “Summer Open”  Juried

    Lexington Art League “The Nude”  Juried

    Bernheim Gallery “Quilts and other Stories”

1998    Lexington Art League  Juried

    Lexington Art League “The Fine Art of Wine III”  Juried  Best of show

    Louisville Visual Art Assoc.  “Waterside Show”

    Bridgehaven Silent Auction “Michaelangelo Table”

    The Hang Up Gallery, Sarasota FL

1997    Lexington Art League “The Nude”  Juried

    Lexington Art League “The Fine Art of Wine”  Juried  Honorable mention

    Louisville Visual Art Assoc. “Waterside Show”

1995    Gallery Hertz, Louisville

1994    Beverly Art Center  Chicago IL  Juried

    Levy Gallery “A Retrospective, 30 years of work”  Chicago IL (solo show)

    Lake Forest Art Expo  Chicago IL  Juried

    Park Place Cafe  Chicago IL  (solo show)

    Nomad Central Gallery  Chicago IL

1993    Noyes Cultural Center  Chicago IL  Juried

    Lake Forest Art Expo  Chicago IL  Juried

    North Lakeside Gallery  Chicago IL  Juried

1992    Olney Illinois Arts Festival   Best of show

Commercial Clients

Ameritech, AT&T, Amway, Bantam Doubleday Dell, Barnes & Noble, Coors, Lexmark,

The Hollywood Reporter, Java Report, Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center,

O’Charleys, Ortho Lawn & Garden, Proctor & Gamble, St. Thomas Hospitals, Schweppes, Scott-Foresman, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Steinway Piano, Unidial

Career History

Stewarts Department store - Layouts, Advertising Director, Illustrator

Stewart & Winner Design Firm - Mechanical paste up, Illustrator

Price Weber Advertising - Mechanical Paste up, Illustrator

Byck’s Women’s Clothing Store - Illustrator, Advertising Director

McCormick Tassug & Assoc. (Chicago IL) - Art Director, Illustrator

Saffer Advertising (Chicago IL) - Art director, Illustrator

Free Lance Illustrator for National Clients

Full Time Artist/Painter

Classes Taught

Basic Life Drawing

Advanced Life Drawing

Plaster Cast Drawing

Academic Drawing, Sight Size Drawing

Portrait Painting or Pastel

Figure Painting

General Painting