Carrie Patterson

Carrie Patterson will inspire us to think about “Site Unseen

Carrie Patterson (American, born Tokyo, Japan) has for over twenty years developed a daily perceptual painting practice that engages her mind and body by creating geometric paintings that embody a poetic, physical translation of space. She earned a BFA in Studio Art from James Madison University and a MFA in Painting from The University of Pennsylvania, and was a student resident at the New York Studio School where she worked with second generation abstract expressionists Charles Cajori, Mercedes Matter and Rosemarie Beck. Her work has been exhibited nationally, with solo exhibitions at The Painting Center (New York, NY), Mary Baldwin University (Staunton, VA), Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum (Marshall, MN), Susan Randolph (New York, NY), AxD Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), and University of Maryland College at the Federal Courthouse (Greenbelt, MD).

Her work has been included in exhibitions at Kathryn Markel Fine Art (New York, NY), The Painting Center (New York, NY), The New York Studio School (New York, NY), C2 Fine Art (St. Petersburg, FL), WPA Select at the Katzen Art Center, American University (Washington, DC) and the Sherman Gallery at Boston University (Boston, MA). Her work has been written about in the Washington Post, City Arts New York Press, Abstract Art Online, Geoform Abstract Art, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Patterson was elected to membership at The Painting Center and served for many years on the Executive Board.

A longstanding advocate for the arts, Carrie has served on the Board of the St. Mary’s County Arts Council, volunteers her time and expertise to many arts organizations, and has authored How to See for The Great Courses, The Teaching Company. She currently serves as the Steven Muller Distinguished Professor of the Arts at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she is a tenured Professor of Art and chair of the Department of Art and Art History. 

In 2021, Carrie received the Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist Award.