CSCC Library's Art Collection: William C. Hemming

information about works of art in CSCC's Library's permanent and temporary exhibits

William C. Hemming -- About the Artist

William C. Hemming was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 10, 1946.

Mr. Hemming is a painter. He received his training from the Columbus College of Art and Design and from The Ohio State University. Landscapes, street scenes, and characterizations are his subjects of prefererence. He usually paints in acrylics with strikingly interesting color combinations. He has exhibited many times in Columbus and also in Marbella and Barcelona Spain.

Art critics who've written about Mr. Hemming's work are: Ursula Lanning, J. Caleb Mazzocco, and Jeff Bell. Some of their comments are below.

As an admirer of paintings that reflect an artist's talent and honesty, Lanning Gallery owner, Ursula Lanning says [she] likes Hemming's paintings because they are unspoiled and funny. He has a way of looking at the world in a humorous way" she says.

"His pieces are always witty slices of life. He is what I would call a pure primitive artist. I think he is sincere. Some who do primitive art are out for sale reasons only. He does it because that is the way he sees things. It's a natural for him." (Jeff Bell)

(source: Dizionario Enciclopedico Internaziolale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea 2003/2004, Casa Editrice Alba, Ferrara (Italy))


  • Here's an article by Jeff Bell about W. C. Hemming from a 2001 issue of The Short North Gazette called "W. C. Hemming: Creating a Legacy." 
  • An article by Bill Mayr about W. C. Hemming from page 11 in the Weekender section of the September 14th,
    2006 issue of The Columbus Dispatch called "Eclectic Painter Raises the Bar." See PDF below for full-text.

Previous Exhibits by William C. Hemming at Our Library

William C. Hemming has exhibited in the Columbus State Library many times.  

See his past exhibits linked below.  

Past exhibits since 2012 may be found in our Gallery Exhibit Archives.

We are saddened to learn that William C. Hemming passed away December 5, 2019 and send our condolences to his lovely wife Soon Ja.

An obituary for William C. Hemming can be read in the December 11th issue of The Columbus Dispatch, page 5B.

Artist's Work in the Columbus State Collection

Night Comers by WC Hemming

Night Comers by William C. Hemming

Mr. Hemming has donated this painting to the library's art collection, 2012.

Acrylic on Canvas

William C. Hemming-Image

WC Hemming and his wife and paintings

William C. Hemming and his wife Soon Ja

The photo of the artist and his wife was taken at the beginning of his June 2012 exhibit in CSCC's library. See his work at and see more current work on his facebook page.

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