Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media, Visual Art – painting

Lisa Hamilton

Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media, Visual Art – painting
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2008, 2012

Lisa Hamilton is a visual artist and focuses on agriculture and rural communities. Her work has taken her from indigenous quinoa farms in the highlands of Bolivia to a meeting of radical plant breeders in Iowa; from sacred rice paddies in rural Japan to crusty livestock auction yards in California's Central Valley. She is the author of Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness, and has written for Harper's, McSweeney's, Virginia Quarterly Review, California Sunday, and The Atlantic. Her 2014 article "The Quinoa Quarrel" won the James Beard Foundation Journalism Award for writing on Food Politics, Policy and the Environment. As a fellow with the Alicia Patterson Foundation in 2010, she explored the uncertain future that American agriculture faces as a result of climate change, depleted water resources, and the end of cheap energy. More recently she has focused on her home state of California, exploring its rural communities and landscapes for the multimedia work Real Rural. Her current work looks at seeds and biodiversity in the age of global food insecurity.



Lisa Hamilton worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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