A 32 year resident, Mr. Hemphill came to Washington DC in 1979 after teaching at the Atlanta College of Art. In 1984 he established the fine art photography department at Middendorf Gallery, later becoming director of the gallery. In the fall of 1991 he established Hemphill Fine Arts (HEMPHILL), offering art advisory services to corporate and private collectors. The initial client base was built upon contacts and experiences gained in academia, in private galleries, and with architectural and design firms. From those beginnings, HEMPHILL’scounsel has expanded to include companies and individuals worldwide. In 1993, HEMPHILL opened a gallery in Georgetown. In the gallery exhibition space the work of emerging artists, contemporary artists, and modern masters are presented. HEMPHILL offers its audience a broad range of aesthetic experiences. It also offers collectors and art lovers the opportunity to be directly involved in the artists’ community as well as the creative process. Mr. Hemphill has helped to build many of the most significant corporate and private collections inthe area. In November 2004, HEMPHILL relocated from Georgetown to Washington’s 14th Street Arts Corridor.
Along with his work as an art dealer and curator, Mr. Hemphill is a founding member of the board of directors for the District of Columbia Arts Center, an organization that champions local artists. He is also a founder and past board member of FotoWeek DC, an annual photography festival in the District, and a former board member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers. For both 1992 and 1993 he served as co-chairman of the Washington Project for the Arts Auctions.Frequently invited to lecture, Mr. Hemphill has spoken for the Smithsonian, the Art League of Washington, and the Institute of Art, Chicago, among others. In 1992 Mr. Hemphill conducted a series of artist’s studio tours for the Phillips Collection/Phillips Contemporaries. Since 1998, HEMPHILL has hosted a series of lectures called Art Talks, which showcase conversations with artists, collectors, and curators as well as topics in contemporary art.
Mr. Hemphill has served as an editor and writer for several publications including Man Ray: Paris Portraits and the Washington Review. HEMPHILL is the publisher of a catalogue on the work of Jacob Kainen, Jacob Kainen 1951, 52 & 53 with text by Jeffrey Weiss, NGA , Joseph Mills: Inner City with text by Anne Tucker of Houston Museum of Fine Art, and William Christenberry W/P. Currently, Mr. Hemphill is the editor of the forthcoming book on the work of Don Donaghy.