Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Fall / Winter 2020 Ebony G. Patterson

Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence

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Ebony G. Patterson

Chicago, IL and Kingston, Jamaica
September 8 - October 16
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Ebony G. Patterson (b. 1981 in Kingston, Jamaica) received her BFA from Edna Manley College, Kingston, Jamaica (2004), and MFA from Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, MO (2006). Patterson has had solo exhibitions and projects at many US institutions including Baltimore Museum of Art, MD (2019); The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY (2016); Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, GA 2016); and SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2016). Dead Treez, Patterson’s first large-scale institutional solo show, originated at the Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI (2015), and traveled to Museum of Art and Design, NY (2015); Boston University Art Galleries, MA (2016); and UB Art Galleries, University at Buffalo, NY (2017). Patterson’s work was included in Open Spaces Kansas City (2018), the 32nd São Paulo Bienal: Live Uncertainty (2016); the 12th Havana Biennial: Between the Idea and the Experience, Cuba (2015); Prospect.3: Notes for Now, New Orleans (2014), and the Jamaica Biennial 2014, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston. She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva Island, FL (2017), and served on the Artistic Director’s Council for Prospect.4, New Orleans (2017). Patterson has received numerous awards, including the Stone and DeGuire Art Award, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University, St. Louis (2018); United States Artists Award (2018); Tiffany Foundation Grant (2017); Joan Mitchell Foundation Art Grant (2015); and the Andy Warhol Foundation Grant, in conjunction with Small Axe (2012). Patterson’s work is included in a number of public collections, including The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Museum of Arts and Design, NY; Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY; 21c Museum Hotels; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; and the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston. Her first major survey exhibition, …while the dew is still on the roses…, opened at Pérez Art Museum Miami in 2018, then toured to Speed Art Museum, Louisville in 2019; and will subsequently travel to the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC in 2020. Patterson is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago. 

“If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a sound? This statement—evoking ideas of ‘visibility’ and ‘invisibility’ as well as the act of bearing witness—has been a lingering undercurrent throughout my practice… With the seductive formal qualities of my works, I want to draw the viewer in and force them to bear witness to the social injustices imposed upon those deemed invisible or unimportant due to their social, economic, or geopolitical status.”

  • ...they were beautiful like the moon...they were just babies.... they were just girls... (... when they grow up), 2016-2017, hand-embellished jacquard tapestry, beads, glitter, appliqués, embroidery, tassels, trim, rhinestones, buttons and hand-cut elements with broken metal and plastic trophy heads and handcast balloons, 8.8 x 9 feet

  • they wondered what to do …… for those who bear/bare witness, 2017, mixed media on hand-cut jacquard photo tapestry with glitter, appliqués, pins, brooches, embellishments, fabric, tassels, acrylic, glass pearls, beads, 3 hand-embellished resin-based roosters on
    stands, 9.3 x 6 feet

  • still…. for those who bear/bare witness, 2017, mixed media on hand-cut jacquard photo paper with glitter, appliqués, pins, embellishments, fabric, tassels, acrylic, brooches, glass pearls, and beads, 12.5 x 9.3 feet

  • ….they stood in a time of unknowing... for those who bear/bare witness, 2017, mixed media on hand-cut jacquard photo, tapestry with glitter, appliqués, pins, embellishments, fabric, tassels, brooches, acrylic, glass pearls, beads, hand-caste heloconias, 9 x 11 feet

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