Faces of Art: “Departure” By Charly Palmer Debuts At Hammonds House Museum


“Eminent Domain 2 – Memphis” by Charly Palmer.

As an avid art lover and collector, I am always searching for new exhibits, artists, and artwork to discover and share. This summer, art and culture collide in a newly opened exhibition at Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, which is a must-see.

“Departure” by Charly Palmer is a retrospective of 30 years of art infused with experience, an Identity Crisis, Divided States, Eminent Domain, Introversion, and a deepening appreciation for Black beauty. The exhibition is available through August 1, 2021, with a virtual show experience until May 15. Hammonds House Museum is an ideal backdrop for Palmer’s work with its commitment to exhibiting provocative and transformative works by artists from the African Diaspora, providing them with the creative space to show art that reflects the world as they see it.

Palmer was born in Fayette, AL, and raised in Milwaukee, WI. He relocated to Chicago, IL, to study art and design at the American Academy of Art and School of the Art Institute. As a graphic designer and illustrator, he ran a successful design studio with a Fortune 500 clientele. As an instructor, he has taught design, illustration, and painting at Spelman College. Today Palmer resides in Atlanta, Georgia, recognized as a fine artist, a muralist, illustrator of children’s books, teacher, graphic designer, and mentor. At present, he is exploring the multiple meanings of departure from the Middle Passage, through the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement, up until now. What does that mean for Black people, and what does it mean for him personally as he embarks on a new and unexpected direction to discover what’s next?


“Release Me” by Charly Palmer.

This exhibition serves as a bridge between Palmer’s older work and new art and will include a soundscape, mixed media, and sculptural elements. The featured artwork consists of a powerful new painting entitled Man Next that Palmer created especially for the Hammonds House exhibition.


“Man Next” by Charly Palmer.

“We are thrilled to exhibit Charly Palmer’s ‘Departure’ as our first exhibition of 2021,” states Leatrice Ellzy Wright, Executive Director of Hammonds House Museum. “Bold colors, strong figures, introspective messages, and beautiful paintings encapsulate one’s experience with Palmer’s art. We know you’ll want to come to see the work in person when the museum reopens later this year, but in the meantime, we hope you’ll join us virtually!”

Located in a beautiful Victorian home in Atlanta’s historic West End, Hammonds House Museum is a cultural treasure and a unique venue. For more information about “Departure” by Charly Palmer visit hammondshouse.org.

Headshot by Steve West.


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