Stephanie Patton

As a multi-media artist I often use humor as a device to bring attention to more critical issues. By creating humorous objects I find that it breaks down barriers and allows for the beginning of an open and genuine dialogue between my art, the audience and myself. Issues that remain constant in my work are an exploration of mental and physical health, themes of healing, comfort and self-preservation.

I naturally gravitate towards materials and processes that I feel best address my conceptual concerns. Mattress quilting can suggest ideas related to birth, death, intimacy, relationships, illness and rest. Coupled with words or phrases which often have multiple meanings such as “please”, the quilted fabric is meant to bring a humorous yet poignant conceptual message to the viewer. I also use vinyl in my sculptural relief work for its physical properties as well as for its inherent references to mental and physical health and protection. I construct these pieces with my industrial sewing machine as well as a combination of hand sewing, stuffing and stapling. My work often addresses psychological themes while exploring the relationship between humor and personal therapies.

Born 1969
New Orleans, LA

 

Education

1996, M.F.A., Photography, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1993, B.F.A., Painting, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

 

Additional Study

2000-2001
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, New York, NY

2000 
Gotham Writer’s Workshop, New York, NY
The New School, New York, NY

1998 
Artist in the Marketplace Program, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY


Solo Exhibitions

2017    
Sensitivity Training, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2016
pause, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2015
Synthetic Happiness, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

2014
Level, McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX

2013
Private Practice, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2012
Upkeep, The Front, New Orleans, LA

2011
General Hospital, The Front, New Orleans, LA

2010
Diffuse, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Relocation Beige, The Front, New Orleans, LA

2008
Equipped, Louisiana ArtWorks, New Orleans, LA (in conjunction with Prospect.1)
Stephanie Patton Recent Work, The Front, New Orleans, LA (in conjunction with Prospect.1)
Equipped, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA           

2005
Renella Rose Champagne, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA

2004
Sur Mesure, Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris, France
Custom-built, Architects and Artists Gallery, Lafayette, LA

2003                
Renella Rose Champagne, LOVE, Galerie Lafayette, Lafayette, LA

1997
Renella’s Lingerie Showroom, Artist Alliance Gallery, Lafayette, LA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions & Screenings

2019
South Arts 2019 Southern Prize and State Fellows, The Bo Bartlett Center, Columbus, GA
South Arts 2019 Southern Prize and State Fellows, 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC

2018 
Art Miami, Arthur Roger Gallery, The Art Miami Pavilion, Miami, FL

2017
Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
SEAMS, Voltz Clarke Gallery, New York, NY (2-person exhibition with Jacinto Moros)
Fabricated, Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, FL, Curator – Melanie Johanson
Art for Art’s Sake: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, The Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA, Curator – Billie Milam Weisman

2016
Handle with Care, Gensler Architecture Firm, Houston, TX

2015 
Art Miami, Arthur Roger Gallery, The Art Miami Pavilion, Miami, FL
SCOPE, Elizabeth Houston Gallery, SCOPE Miami Beach Pavilion, Miami, FL
Seven, Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York, NY
Reverb: Past / Present / Future, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, Curator – Isolde Brielmaier
Sure Shot, MASS Art, Austin, TX

2014
Trivial Pursuits: Obsession’s Allure, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA, Curators – Brian Guidry, Mary Beyt – Prospect.3 + Lafayette
Back to The Front, The Front, New Orleans, LA (in conjunction with Prospect.3)
The Front @ Art Lab, Art Lab AKIBA and Makii Masaru Fine Art, Tokyo, Japan           
Face Time, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA, Curators – Brian Guidry, Mary Beyt           

2013
Art for Art’s Sake, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Are We One? exhibition by The Front Artist Collective, Biggin Gallery, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
The Front: Union, Justice, Confidence – Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
1000 Words, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA, Curators – Brian Guidry, Mary Beyt           

2012
Spaces: Antenna, The Front, Good Children Gallery, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, Curator – Amy Mackie, Director of Visual Arts with Angela Berry, Visual Arts Coordinator

2011
2011 southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art Exhibition, “Renella Rose Champagne, Through the Years”, University Galleries, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Boca Raton, Florida, Curator – Rod Faulds

2010
currents 2010, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM (in conjunction with SITE Santa Fe), Jurors – Mariannah Amster and Frank Ragano
Masur Museum of Art 47th Annual Juried Competition, Monroe, LA, Juror – David Houston
Southern Open 2010, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA, Juror – Bill Arning
Moving Vehicles, Centre for the Living Arts, Mobile, AL, Curator – Mia Kaplan

2009
Things Fall Apart, Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY, Curator – Joy Garnett

2008
Southern Open 2008, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA, Juror – Peter Frank

2005                       
Artistes a` la page, Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris, France
Spirit of Place – Art From Acadiana, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA, Curator – David Houston
Nouveaux Artistes d’Acadiana, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2004           
Open for Interpretation, Acadiana Center For The Arts, Lafayette, LA, Curator – David Houston
Grotto II, Jessica Murray Projects, New York, NY

2003
Fresh Faces, Fresh Spaces, Architects and Artists Gallery, Lafayette, LA

2002
Grotto, Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, NY
About Face, Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, NY

2001
Art in General Third Annual 12 to 12 Film and Video Marathon, Art in General, New York, NY

2000                       
The Date With Elvis, (audio installation in elevator), Art in General, New York, NY
CowParade New York 2000, New York City Public Arts Project, New York, NY
Good Business is the Best Art, Twenty Years of the Artist in the Marketplace Program, The Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY

1995                       
Face Forward: Self-Portraiture in Contemporary Art,
John Micheal Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Tarazona Foto 1995, Tarazona, Spain

 

Selected Press/Publications

2015
The New York Times, “Ten Years After Katrina, New Orleans Museums Reckon With Recovery”, by Cameron Shaw, August 19, 2015 (online), August 23, 2015 (printed edition)
The New Orleans Advocate, “At the CAC, past, present and a bit of the future of post-Katrina art”, by John D’Addario, August 26, 2015
Overture Magazine, “Interview”, interview conducted by John Guidry, Lafayette, LA, January edition

2013
OtherPeoplesPixels Blog,OtherPeoplesPixels interviews Stephanie Patton”, interview conducted by Stacia Yeapanis, Chicago, IL, December 26, 2013 – January 2, 2014
New American Paintings, publisher: Open Studio Press, Boston, MA, Juror – Miranda Lash
louisianaesthetic.com: “Pattern Recognition: Stephanie Patton and Troy Dugas at Arthur Roger Gallery”, (review), Reggie Rodrigue, April 10, 2013
Gambit: “New Work by Monica Zeringue and Stephanie Patton”, (review), D. Eric Bookhardt, April 9, 2013
Art E-Walk: “Pain, Healing, Relics, – Review of Troy Dugas and Stephanie Patton March 2013 Exhibitions”, Sylvie Contiguglia, March 6, 2013

2012
ARTFORUM, “Spaces: Antenna, The Front, Good Children Gallery”, (review), Nick Stillman, May 2012
Oxford American, “THE ONLY STAIR THAT DOESN’T CREEK: The Southern Open” (review), Reggie Rodrigue, June 19, 2012
The Times–Picayune, Living, photographer – Steven Forster, January 29, 2012

2011                       
Pelican Bomb, Reggie Rodrigue, (review), New Orleans, LA, November 4, 2011–current
Lacouture Lagniappe, featured guest with host Marce Lacouture, Radio Interview, KRVS, Lafayette, LA

2010
Bill Sasser, Art Voices, “The Front Takes St. Claude”, published image, Issue 23/2010, page 13
Southern Open 2010, Catalog, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Juror – Bill Arning

2008
Southern Open 2008, Catalog, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Juror – Peter Frank

2007
The Times of Acadiana, “The Art Issue”, Lafayette, LA, November 7, 2007
Southern Open 2007, Catalog, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Juror – Dr. Jerry Cullum
Studio Visit Magazine, publisher: Open Studio Press, Boston, MA

2005
Doug MacCash, “Small Touches of Acadiana”, Times Picayune, New Orleans, LA
Eric Bookhardt, “Cajuns for all Occasions”, Gambit Weekly, February 15, 2005, New Orleans, LA

2003 
Niki Lederer and Hannes Priesch, Death in the Studio, one of 61 featured artists in book, pages 110-111, Niki Lederer and Hannes Priesch (photography and text)  

2002
Walter Pierce, “This Champagne Is Great Going Down”, music review in “24/7”, The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette, LA, April 19, 2002

2000
Thomas Craughwell (text), Cow Parade New York, book, published image
Cow Parade New York Calendar-2001, published image (December)

1998
Walter Pierce, “A Natural Place Where I’m Headed”, featured artist in the Entertainment section of The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette, LA, October 18, 1998
Holland Cotter, “One Museum, Five Shows, and a Million Lives and Passions”, The New York Times, August 14, 1998
Artist in the Marketplace Program, Catalog, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
Maureen Sherlock, FACE FORWARD: Self–Portraiture in Contemporary Art, Imprint: John Michael Kohler Arts Center, ISBN: 0932718396

1995
Michelle Grabner, New Art Examiner, Review, Published Image, page 42, December 1995
Video interview for exhibition “Face Forward”, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI                       
John Michael Kohler Art Center, July-August, Calendar of Events, Published Image, Sheboygan, WI

 

Awards & Honors

2019
South Arts Louisiana Fellowship Recipient

2017
The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Emergency Grant
Joan Mitchell Foundation, Emergency Grant
Acadiana Center for the Arts, Creative Relief Grant

2014
Dave Bown Projects – 8th Semiannual Competition (Curators: Cindy Buckner, Al Miner, Margot Norton) Honorable Mention

2012                       
Louisiana Division of the Arts, Career Advancement Grant

2009
Louisiana Division of the Arts, Career Advancement Grant
Santa Fe Art Institute, full scholarship           

2007 & 2006
Vermont Studio Center, partial fellow recipient

2004 & 2003
DRAMARAMA, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, honorarium

2000
Art in General, New York, NY, honorarium
BCAT/Brooklyn Community Access Television/Rotunda Gallery artists’ residency, Brooklyn, NY, honorarium

1994-1996
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Merit Scholarship           

1996
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Student Fellowship, honorable mention
Weinstein Memorial Scholarship, Chicago, IL

1995
Roth “Artist in the Landscape” Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute Of Chicago
John Michael Kohler Art Center Honorarium, Sheboygan, WI

 

Artist Residencies

2019, Joan Mitchell Center Artist-In-Residence, New Orleans, LA, June-July, Sculpture, Multimedia
2009, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM, June-July, Sculpture
2007, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, July-August, Sculpture
2006, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, July-August, Sculpture
1999, BCAT/Brooklyn Community Access Television, technical residency participant in non-linear video editing Brooklyn, NY

                                                           

Visiting Artist Lectures

2017, Visiting Artist, University of West Florida (UWF), Pensacola, FL
2016, Visiting Artist, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
2015, Visiting Artist, University of Houston (UH), Houston, TX
2013, Visiting Artist, University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL), Lafayette, LA
2011, Visiting Artist, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Boca Raton, FL
2010, Visiting Artist, University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL), Lafayette, LA
2006, Art Speak, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
2005, How to Raise a Southern Artist, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA (with Elmore Morgan Jr., Ralph Bourque, Troy Dugas)


Collections            
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA           
Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Embassy Suites by Hilton New York-Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY
Additional private collections