Several years ago in a small gold encrusted 18th Century room in the magnificent church in Guadalupe, Spain, I came face to face with the power of objects. There, a monk turned an enameled panel overlooking the nave to reveal a small, primitive, figure of the virgin to face the reverent gaze of those in the room who had made the pilgrimage to see her. The myth of the virgin’s miraculous unearthing in the 13th century had propelled this unimpressive little figure to superstar status in the world of icons. It was from that encounter that I came to realize that I wanted to utilize the power of objects to become metaphors for the ideas, concepts, and stories I explore.
I have followed my compulsion to create art my whole life, but for the past twenty years I have been blissfully scavenging for intriguing cast offs and fascinating objects to incorporate into my art. I assemble vintage play things, foam taxidermy forms, rusted metal parts, vintage doll parts, and a vast array of worn treasures and mixed medias and air dry and resin clay to create my sculptures. I find it endlessly delightful to experience the alchemy of how all these disparate parts and pieces come together. I feel like an author and my found objects are my cast of characters and all I have to do is wait for my materials to tell me who and what they want to be and what they have to say.
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, 1971-1973
SAN FRANCISCO ACADEMY OF ART, 1969-1970
2017 “THE SUM OF IT’S PARTS”, solo show, Bricolage Gallery, Boulder, Co.
2016 “TREE OF LIFE”, invitational show, Canyon Gallery, Boulder Public Library, Boulder, Co.
“ELEMENTS”, invitational show, Art Students League of Denver, Denver, Co.
2015 “ART AS NARRATIVE: THE CURIOUS COLLECTION OF FLORENCE FARINGWORTH, Naropa University, Boulder, Co.
“SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED”, Highland City Club, Boulder, Co.
2014 “TELL ME A STORY: ART AS NARRATIVE”, Eula Mae Edwards Museum, Clovis NM
“THE ASSEMBLAGE ART OF PATRICIA CHAPMAN”, Boulder Public Library, Boulder, Co.
“MASQUERADE”, The Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos, NM
2012 “ASSEMBLOSITY”, Mercury Framing, Boulder, Co.
“WHAT A RELIEF”, St. Julien Hotel, Boulder, Co.
2011 DOWNTOWN DENVER ARTS FESTIVAL, MERIT AWARD, Denver, Co.
OPEN ARTS FESTIVAL, Boulder, Co.
ASPEN ARTS FESTIVAL, Aspen, Co.
CRESTED BUTTE ARTS FESTIVAL, Crested Butte, Co.
2010 ASSEMBLED: THE ART OF PATRICIA CHAPMAN, First Congregational Church, Boulder, CO
2009 RECYCLED ART SHOW, UMC Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
2008 “OTHER WORDS”, Phoenix Airport Museum, Phoenix, AZ
“FULLCIRCLE: RECYCLED INTO ART”, Arizona Museum For Youth, Mesa, AZ
2007 “IMAGINE THIS”, Victoria Boyce Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“MIXED”, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO
“SEVENTH HEAVEN”, Gallery Zipp, Santa Fe County, NM
2006 “GO FIGURE”, Victoria Boyce Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“RAGS TO RICHES”, Gallery Zipp, Santa Fe County, NM
2005 18th ANNUAL COMPETITION, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
“BOOK AS INSPIRATION: THE ROAD SHOW”, St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM
“SMALL WORKS NATIONAL”, Manhattan Arts International, New York, NY
“WOMEN, WORDS AND IMAGES”, Mill Pond House, St. James, NY
“COLLECT 8”, The Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
“NEW MEXICO BOOK ARTS: WORKS OF ENCHANTMENT”, Paper Gami Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2004 “SELECTIONS”, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
“RECYCLED ART SHOW”, Juried exhibition, Sweeney Center, Santa Fe, NM
“BOOK AS ART IV, ARCHIVAL/EPHEMERAL”, Gallery Zipp, Santa Fe county, NM
“CELEBRATING THE GODDESS” Joan Handley Fine Art Gallery, La Veta, NM
2005 “INTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLAGE ART SHOW”, Gallery twenty-four, Berlin, Germany
” CONTEXT: ART AND WORDS”, The Art Center, Grand Junction, Co.
“OWN YOUR OWN”, Sangre De Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO.
“RECYCLED ART SHOW”, Second Place Award, Juried Exhibition, Sweeney Center, Santa Fe, NM
“ART IN A BOX”, Gallery Zipp, Santa Fe County, NM
2002 ” MYTHOLOGY, METAMORPHOSIS, AND THE MILKY WAY”, Gallery Zipp,Santa Fe
“RECYCLED ART SHOW”, Juried Exhibition, Sweeney Center, Santa Fe, NM
“THE BUDDHA ABIDES”, Caruso/woods Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.
2001 GROUP SHOW, Caruso/Woods Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.
1998 “UNE ANGE PASSE”, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA.
1997 “UNE ANGE PASSE”, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA.
1983 ARTEX GALLERY, Los Angeles, CA
BOSTON FINE ARTS, Boston MA.
1982 ART RESOURCES GALLERY, Denver, Co.
1981 CHOICE GALLERY, San Francisco, CA.
1979 MORRIS THEATER GALLERY, Baltimore, Maryland
1978 DEL MANO GALLERY, Los Angeles, CA.
1977 TRIAD/ART SOURCE GALLERY, Los Angeles, CA
ART CONNECTION GALLERY, Los Angeles, CA.
1975 “WOMEN / ARIZONA ’75”, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, ARIZ.
LIMMNER AGLLERY, Scottsdale, ARIZ.
1974 “CRAFTS ’74”, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, ARIZ.
“FIBERS ’74”, Scottsdale, Ariz.
THE SHOWPLACE GALLERY, San Francisco, CA.
TEXTILIA, Matthews Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.
Commissioned Art (partial list)
STANDARD OIL OF OHIO, Cleveland, Ohio
RIVIERA HOTEL, Las Vegas, Nevada
HYATT REGENCY HOTEL, New York, N.Y., Chicago, Ill.
SAKS FIFTH AVE, New York, N. Y.
HILTON HOTEL, Fayetteville, Arkansas
DEAN WHITTER REYNOLDS, New York, N.Y., Philadelphia, Penn.
WHITMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Spokane, Wash. Awarded by the Arts in Public Buildings Committee
NATIONAL REINSURANCE, Stamford, Conn.
ALTERED OBJECT – LARK PUBLICATIONS
PBS- IN CONTEXT SERIES
CLOTH, PAPER, SCISSORS MAGAZINE
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