Hammonds House Museum
The Hammonds House Museum Permanent Collection includes artwork representing significant African American artists from the mid-nineteenth century. Dr. Hammonds collected 250 of the works in the collection and included African sculptures and masks, paintings from Haiti, and various art forms by Black American artists. The strongest areas include contemporary African American paintings, works on paper, and paintings by twenty influential Haitian artists. The African American artists represented are Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, Benny Andrews, Richard Hunt, and Elizabeth Catlett from Dr. Hammond’s original collection.
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Hammonds House Museum
Hammonds House is the former residence of the late Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds, an Atlanta physician, and art patron. Shortly after his death in June 1985, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners purchased the house and a collection of over 250 artworks he had amassed over the years. Dr. Hammonds took an interest in emerging artists and arts groups and supported several of them over the years. He was a significant supporter of Black artists in Atlanta, serving as Chairman of the Board of the Neighborhood Arts Center, a community arts center in the 1970s that nurtured many Black artists and arts groups, including the African Dance Ensemble and the Southern Collective of African Writers.
He also served as a member of the Board of the Sculptural Arts Museum, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Art Committee, the Atlanta Public Art Committee, the Atlanta Preservation Society, and the Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Company in New York City. Dr. Hammonds also had a distinguished medical career, serving as Chief of Staff and Chief of Anesthesiology of the Southwest Community Hospital, Chairman of the Board of the West End Medical Association, founder of the Westside Anesthesia Association, a member of the Board of the Metropolitan Atlanta Health Plan, a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the National, Georgia, and Atlanta Medical Association’s “Man of the Year.”
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