8 to CREATE is a Registered Student Organization at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is comprised of a diverse group of students.
Pictured from left to right, top to bottom.
Isabella Pon President
Maria Flach Treasurer
Caroline Wuerl Secretary
Ramya Jaishankar Artist Outreach Chair
Apolonia Wielgus Social Media Chair
Anna Korol Graphic Designer
Saffron Bruno Media and External Relations Chair
Jenny Liu In-House Photographer
Patrick Hammie Faculty Advisor
Patrick Earl Hammie is an artist best known for his monumental portraits related primarily to themes of identity, history, and narrative. He received his BA from Coker College and his MFA in painting from the University of Connecticut. Hammie is currently an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hammie has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S., his work is in several public collections including the Kohler Company and the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, and he has received awards from the Tanne Foundation and Alliance of Artists Communities with the Joyce Foundation.