Since 1994, Hamza Walker has served as Director of Education for The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago - a non-collecting museum devoted to contemporary art.  Prior to his position at The Society, he worked as a Public Art Coordinator for The Department of Cultural Affairs.  He has written articles and reviews for such publications as Trans, New Art Examiner, Parkett and Artforum. For several years before its closing, he served on the board of Randolph Street Gallery and is currently on the boards of Noon, an annual publication of short fiction, and Lampo, a non-profit presenter of new and experimental music.  He has served on numerous panels, locally, nationaly and internationally and is the recipient of the 1999 Norton Curatorial Grant.

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago is one of the country’s premiere exhibition spaces devoted exclusively to a contemporary art.  Founded in 1915 as a non-collecting museum, it has mantained the same mission  - to promote developments in contemporary visual art through exhibitions and related events (lectures, concerts, readings, performances, film and video screenings) designed to broaden the context for a given artist’s work.  Over the past few decades, The Society has developed a reputation for providing local, national and internationally recognized artists their first museum exhibitions, simultaneously bringing the world to Chicago and presenting Chicago to the world.