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I am honored to have the assistance of Craig Hankin on this project.  Craig is providing essential script editing, invaluable art history guidance and much appreciated belief in myself and The Refused.

Craig Hankin

Director Emeritus

Center for Visual Arts

Johns Hopkins University

Craig Hankin is the Director Emeritus of the Center for Visual Arts at Johns Hopkins University, where he taught drawing and painting from 1980-2018. He has also taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art (1979-86) and Notre Dame of Maryland University (1980).

His paintings, drawings and photographs have been exhibited at various regional venues, including Artscape, the Contemporary, Galerie Françoise et ses Frères, Columbia Art Center, Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Institute, Park School, and Maryland Art Place (MAP). In addition to his work as a painter and instructor, Hankin has collaborated for over 40 years 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 dubbed “the novelty record of the year” in 1982 by Musician magazine. Earlier that year, Hankin and Chalkley published their first collaborative comic strip in R. Crumb’s Weirdo comix.

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 Johns Hopkins University Press in 1986. Along with his painting studio practice, he is currently working with Tom Chalkley on a graphic memoir of their days playing in rock & roll bands together.

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


"Cranky," 2018 [detail]. Oil on canvas, 18 x 18 in.

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