Robert W. Deutsch Foundation


Dr. Leslie King Hammond joined the Deutsch Foundation as a Senior Fellow in 2015, working as a liaison and curator with artists and arts organizations at The Motor House while she continues an independent consulting, curating, and arts advocacy practice throughout the country.

She attended the City University of New York, Queens College (BFA degree, 1966-69) and, in 1969, she attended The Johns Hopkins University under a Horizon Fellowship for doctoral studies in art history. In 1976, she completed her Ph.D. and was appointed Dean of Graduate Studies at MICA where she administered 200 students in eleven degree programs and taught in the Art History Department until 2008, when she was named Founding Director for MICA’s Center for Race and Culture.

A New York native, King Hammond is a working artist and member of the "Girls of Baltimore," which won an NEA artist grant in 2001. In the spring of 2006, she was appointed Chairperson of the Collections and Exhibits Committee at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture and in January 2007 became the Chairperson of the Board of the Lewis Museum.

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King Hammond has won Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Studio Museum in Harlem (2002), Lifetime Service, MICA (2005), The DuBois Circle (2006), Women's Art Caucus-College Art Association (2008), and the James A. Porter Colloquium, Howard University (2008). In 2008, she was granted an Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellowship. The Detroit Institute of the Arts gave her the Alain Locke International Prize in 2010.