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Ed Hamilton, Artist/Sculptor


Born in Cincinnati in 1947, Ed Hamilton moved to Louisville with his family as a child and has lived there ever since. He graduated from the Louisville School of Art and, in 1978, incorporated Ed Hamilton Studios Inc.

Best known for his monuments, which not only represent the heroic struggle against slavery, but also celebrate African-American pride, Hamilton gained national public attention with the Booker T. Washington Memorial in 1984 and the Joe Louis Memorial in 1986. Since then he has received many important public commissions, including his celebrated Amistad Memorial in New Haven, CT and his African-American Civil War Memorial, The Spirit of Freedom, in Washington, DC.

Throughout his career, Hamilton has centered on the question of identity. While reflecting his training in the traditions of European and American art, his work is tempered by a sense of his own African-American roots. In the 1970s and ’80s, this interest manifested itself in symbolic form. Using assemblage techniques, Hamilton focused his viewers’ attention on issues of injustice, exclusion, and historical amnesia.



Program 103

John Begley, Executive Director, Louisville Visual Arts Association; Ed Hamilton; Moses Goldberg, Producing Director, Stage One (#103)

Program 124

"Best of Artists" (#124)

Program 310

Luanne Franklin of the Lexington Opera House, music by Robbie Bartlett, and a visit with sculptor Ed Hamilton. (#310)

Program 502

Explores the history of tattooing with Heather O’Mara of the Louisville Visual Arts Association, delves into the work of Louisville sculptors Paul Fields and Ed Hamilton, and tunes in the folk sounds of Lexington’s Reel World String Band. (#502)

Program 590

Explores the history of tattooing with Heather O’Mara of the Louisville Visual Arts Association, delves into the work of Louisville sculptors Paul Fields and Ed Hamilton, and tunes in the folk sounds of Lexington’s Reel World String Band. (#590)

Program 823

Author Silas House, artists Helen LaFrance and Ed Hamilton, a jazz ensemble of Russian exchange students at the University of Louisville, and the Rock Garden String Band. (#823)





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