A short biography of Hamilton Reed Armstrong



Award winning sculptor, Hamilton Reed Armstrong was born in Greenwich, CT, and studied art as a child with Hungarian sculptor Carl Iluva, in the 1950’s, with Walker Hancock, among others, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where he received the coveted William Emlen Cresson Traveling Scholarship in 1960 He later apprenticed with the established American sculptor Fredrick Shrady. Much of Mr. Armstrong's work was produced during an extended stay in Spain, where his work was extolled by internationally recognized critics Raul Chavarí, and Cecílio Barbarán as a revitalization in the 20th century of the Spanish mystical tradition of the “Golden Age” as seen in the work of such artists as El Greco, Zurbarán, Alonso Cano, and Martinez Martiñez. Mr. Armstrong's work is reproduced in the UNESCO Encyclopedia of World History (Edicion Planeta 1977, Vol. II). His sculptures are displayed in museums, public places, and private homes both here in the U.S.A. and abroad.


As well as his sculptural endeavors, Mr. Armstrong has been active in Catholic art education. He has taught studio art at the Heights School in Potomac MD. and the history of art at Christendom College in Front Royal, VA. He was previously Director of the Magi Center for Catholic Art at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC and is presently Professor of Fine Arts at the International Catholic University, Notre Dame, IN. Mr. Armstrong has also lectured at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.


He has written articles concerning the visual arts  for a  variety of Catholic magazines and periodicals including; Crisis Magazine, Communio, Latin Mass, and the Journal of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.



Mr. Armstrong is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and was the recipient of the 2005 “Humanitarian Award” from The American Maritain Association. He is listed in the “Marquis Who’s Who in America” and is a Grand Officer in the Chivalric Order of Skenderbeg.


He now lives with his wife, painter Roxolana Luczakowsky Armstrong, in Front Royal, VA, where he continues his professional work as a sculptor, lecturer, and teacher.