Pam Hamilton is a visual artist born and raised in the Midwest. In 2016, she relocated to the Southeast and now calls Knoxville home. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University, specializing in illustration and visual communications. Pam’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions throughout the Midwest. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in both Chicago and Knoxville. Her work can be found in private collections, internationally. Pam has received numerous awards and grants for her work.  She has curated exhibitions in both Chicago and Knoxville, taught classes, and mentored up-and-coming artists.
With varying degrees of abstraction, I paint about silence and solitude – essential moments in life. You will sometimes see other figures share the space, as solitude is only one facet of our lives. The surface of the painting is critical and I spend time with the texture and colors. Embracing the unexpected, layers are built up, wiped off, and painted over. My appreciation for things aging and well worn shows through in the hints of cracking paint and textured surfaces that evolve as I work.

I grew up in Springfield, Illinois riding my bike and playing kick-the-can, when everything was groovy. The coloring book was my first canvas. Somewhere in the middle of college, I put down my crayons and brushes to study graphic design. After a successful design career, and the addition of a husband and two kids, I’m back to brushes and canvas. It’s not a glamorous life – toting around paintings in the back of a mini van – but you could still say I’m the luckiest girl in the world! I get to do what I love with full support of a cool family. My life is back to groovy.

Awards and Grants
1st Place, Painting— Evanston Art and Big Fork, August 2018, 2019
Outstanding Achievement — Glencoe Art Fair, July 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
3rd Place, Painting — Port Clinton Art Festival, August 2017 
Painting Award — Grand Haven Art Festival, Michigan, June 2016 
1st Place, Painting — Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival, September 2015
​​​​​​​Painting Award — Grand Haven Art Festival, Michigan, June 2015 
Outstanding Achievement — Gold Coast Art Fair, Chicago, June 2015
Lois Goodson Memorial Purchase Award — Quincy, IL, June 2014
Schuering Purchase Award — Quincy, IL, June 2012
Puffin Foundation Grant — Art Changing the View Project, March 2011
3rd Place Award — Mayslake Peabody Estate Art Exhibit, June 2009
Award of Merit — Oak Park, IL, May 2009
Selected Exhibitions
Bijou Gallery, Featured Artist— October 2018
Phoenix Gallery on Gay Street, Art From the Hills Group Show — April 2018
Hotel Indigo Nashville — February, 2018
Knoxville Mayor's Office — November 2017 - April 2018
Fountain City Art Center — “Just Imagine” January 2017
Studio Oh, Chicago — October 2014
Red Poppy Art Gallery, Lafayette, Indiana — August 2013 - May 2014
David Strawn Art Gallery, Jacksonville, IL — November 2012
6th Floor Gallery, Mana Contemporary — CrystalB Designs Fashion Show, September 2013
2nd Floor Gallery, Lacuna Artist Lofts, Chicago — March 2012
MDW Fair, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, — November 2012
4E Gallery, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago — 2-person show, “Urban Nature” July, 2011
4E Gallery, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago — “Vision Becomes Reality” March, 2011
Bridge Gallery, Chicago — November 2010 - January 2011
Aloft Hotel, Bolingbrook, IL — June-August, 2010
Private Estate, Springfield, IL — August, 2010
Framing Mode Art Gallery, Chicago — “Stories of Old” October 2010
4E Gallery, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago — “Artists Respond to the Gulf Oil Spill” Sept, 2010
Yorktown Center Art Exhibit, Lombard, IL — December 2009

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