Russell Hamilton received a BA in Political Science (Southern African Politics) from the University of Minnesota Minneapolis Campus, and then went on to earn an MFA in sculpture from the University of Washington Seattle.  He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture class of 1990, where he met Anish Kapoor and Italo Scanga, an artist-in-resident at the Pratt Institute Seattle for glass blowing, and then was a recipient of a 12-month artist-in-resident position at the Studio Museum In Harlem 1992-93, where became close to Houston Conwill and other NYC based artists. 


He has initiated a variety of community projects with young people, worked in the US educational system as an artist-in-resident providing project based courses, and is now working on a collaborative project that brings together art and technology to address patient healing and well being within a hospital environment.  He continues with his individual studio work, and is further interested in art collaborations that extend beyond the walls of the traditional gallery.


Russell has exhibited widely throughout the US; Seattle, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Detroit, NYC, Skowhegan, and Washington DC, as well as, the UAE and Japan.  His work is in both public and private collections. 


Russell was an Assistant Professor of Art at Wayne State University before moving to the UAE where he is currently an Associate Professor of Art at an Zayed University and Founder of Zawiyah Gallery artists' cooperative.

Russell in Graduate Studio

University of Washington 1991