Craig Hankin

Director, Center for Visual Arts

Mattin Center, Ross Jones Bldg, 207
By appointment


Craig Hankin is the director of the Center for Visual Arts at Johns Hopkins University, where he has taught drawing and painting since 1980. He has also taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art (1979–86) and Notre Dame of Maryland University (1980).

In addition to his work as a painter and instructor, Hankin has collaborated with Tom Chalkley on projects ranging from Normal, a comic strip which ran daily in the Baltimore Evening Sun from 1990–91, to Bruce Springstone: Live at Bedrock, a musical parody cited by critics as “the novelty record of the year” in 1982. Earlier that year, Hankin and Chalkley published their first collaborative comic strip in R. Crumb’s Weirdo comic.

As guest curator at School 33 Art Center, Hankin has mounted numerous exhibitions including RAW: Images From The Graphix Magazine That Overestimates the Taste of the American Public (which traveled to the Kansas City Art Institute and the New York Institute of Technology in 1987), and The Art of City Paper, a 20th-anniversary celebration of photography and illustration from Baltimore’s weekly alternative newspaper (1997). In 2002, he was the curator of Works by Eugene Leake, a retrospective exhibition at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Hankin was a co-founder of City Paper and served as art critic for that publication (1977–78) and the Baltimore News American (1979–80). His book, Maryland Landscapes of Eugene Leake, was published by The Johns Hopkins University Press in 1986. He is currently working with Tom Chalkley on a graphic memoir of their days playing in rock-and-roll bands together.

Hankin earned a BA in the history of art from Johns Hopkins University (’76) and an MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (’79).

Hankin’s paintings, drawings and photographs have been exhibited at various regional venues, including the Contemporary Museum, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), School 33 Art Center, the Creative Alliance, Galerie Françoise, Columbia Art Center, Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Institute, Park School, and Maryland Art Place (MAP).