Karen Comer Lowe appointed new Executive Director and Chief Curator of Hammonds House Museum
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After extensive research, we are pleased to announce that Karen Comer Lowe has been appointed the new Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Hammonds House Museum. Located in Atlanta’s historic West End, the museum is renowned for its stimulating exhibits, culturally rich programming, and impressive permanent art collection. Comer Lowe will be the fourth executive director and first chief curator in the illustrious 33-year history of the Hammonds House Museum.
“I am delighted to welcome Karen Comer Lowe as our new Executive Director and Chief Curator,” said Imara Canady, Chair of the Hammonds House Museum Board of Trustees. “Her in-depth knowledge of the black visual arts, her expertise in arts administration, her ability to engage with diverse audiences, her commitment to arts education and her bold vision for our future, make her the right fit to follow.” the trajectory we are on and take the museum to the next level. “
“As a passionate and passionate Atlanta native arts professional, I am delighted to return to the Hammonds House Museum as Executive Director and Chief Curator,” comments Karen Comer Lowe. “I look forward to continuing the long history of showcasing and exhibiting Diaspora artists and welcoming everyone to the museum when it reopens to the public.”
Karen Comer Lowe has accumulated extensive experience in curatorial and teaching positions in museums, galleries and art institutions for over twenty years, such as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, the Tubman African American Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. . She began her career as a program coordinator at the Hammonds House Museum from 1996 to 1998 under the direction of the museum’s first founder and CEO, Ed Spriggs.
Comer Lowe has served as an artistic advisor and independent appraiser and has developed relationships with Westminster School, famous personalities and private clients. She has established links with artists and arts institutions nationwide. She has organized a number of groundbreaking exhibitions in collaboration with artists such as Amy Sherald, Rashid Johnson, Carrie Mae Weems, and Elizabeth Catlett, among others. She has lectured on artists and art movements in the South East and has given workshops on art collection throughout the region. Additionally, she taught art history at Spelman College. Most recently, she was director and curator of the Chastain Arts Center for 12 years. In 2017, Karen received the honor of “Best Curator” in the “Best of Atlanta” issue of Creative Loafing.
During the pandemic, Comer Lowe worked with internationally renowned artist Hank Willis Thomas to place the “All Power to All People” sculpture in Atlanta as a stop on his tour across the United States. In addition, she has developed a series of independent Instagram conversations with artists and arts professionals from the African Diaspora; named Creative Conversations. This educational series is intended to engage the general public in the visual arts, and has included conversations with Hank Willis Thomas, Hebru Brantley, Sheila Pree Bright, Sanford Biggers and others.
Hammonds House Museum is generously supported by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Fulton County Arts and Culture, the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the National Performance Network, AT&T and WarnerMedia.
The mission of the Hammonds House Museum is to celebrate and share the cultural diversity and important heritage of artists of African descent. The museum is the former home of the late Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds, a distinguished Atlanta physician and avid patron of the arts. A 501 (c) 3 organization that opened in 1988, Hammonds House Museum has a permanent collection of over 450 works, including works by Romare Bearden, Robert S. Duncanson, Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Hale Woodruff, Amalia Amaki, Radcliffe Bailey and Kojo Griffin. In addition to showcasing works of art from its collection, the museum offers new exhibitions, artist talks, workshops, concerts, poetry readings, arts education programs and other cultural events all throughout the year.
Located in a beautiful Victorian house in Atlanta’s historic West End, the Hammonds House Museum is a cultural treasure and a unique place. For more information and to find out how you can support their mission and programming, visit their website: hammondshouse.org.