Patrick Schmidt

ARTIST STATEMENT

What does it mean to be living in the digital world? Life is moving at a faster pace today than at any other time in recorded history. With so much information at our fingertips, we choose what we want to encounter and delete what we don’t. Thereby, composing ourselves through what we selectively see, hear, absorb, etc. It follows, then, that our identities develop out of an exaggerated conceit in which everything happens (and is restricted from happening) at once. In some ways, we lose our authentic selves in the process of constructing and believing our own mythologies. From this assessment emerges a new threat that asks, “Are we better off with the tools of technology?”

Using pattern as a metaphor, my work explores cultural, social, and personal identity in the digital age. Initially, I appropriate image patterns from a variety of sources then reduce them via technology to a simple line drawing. Next, I overlay several images in order to disrupt their individual patterns and suggest one all-embracing design. I use ancient and contemporary archetypes as a starting point in much of this work. While the prehistoric spiral continues to inspire and ground me in the natural/spiritual world, when juxtaposed against the digitized shapes from contemporary patterns, it reveals a not-yet-familiar world. Similarly, as a painter, I value the primacy of color in my work. Because pigment suggests an inner energy, enhances ties to identity, and strengthens cultural bonds, I manipulate the combined effect of line and color into a cultural mythology in which everything happens at once. 
 

PUBLIC WORKS

2016 ARTPRIZE, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids, MI Mexican War Streets Community Garden, Pittsburgh, PA | Commission

2014-2015 Kissimmee Sculpture Experience, Kissimmee, FL
2012 Mural Washington & Jefferson College, collaboration with students to portray

the history of art. Wall size 8’ x 76’, completed in three weeks.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY 2017 Florence School of Art, Florence, Italy

Future Tenant, Pittsburgh, PA
2016 Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

2015 Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO

2012 chashama 1351, New York, NY
2011 “Where do I go from Here” Olin Fine Art Center, Washington & Jefferson College,

Washington, PA
2010 Charles Harris Library Gallery, Wise, VA

2008 Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS 2007 Roanoke College, Salem, VA

Future Tenant, Pittsburgh, PA

UPC Centre Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 2006 Seminole Community College, Sanford, FL

Luther College, Decorah, IA
2005 Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN

Space Gallery, Portland, ME
2004 Tennessee Technical University, Cookeville, TN

District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DC

Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, SC 2003 Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA

Mack Avenue Gallery, Detroit, MI
Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA University of Texas, Tyler, TX

2002 Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, MI

Firelands College of Bowling Green State University, Huron, OH

Marian College, Indianapolis, IN
2001 Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
2000 Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

1997 Neo-Futurarium, Chicago, IL

 

Interactive Collaborative Window Drawing, Dobra Tea, Pittsburgh, PA

Room 222 Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 -17   Ormand Art Museum, (three-person) Ormand Beach FL
2016   “Color” Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY
2015   Amazing Artists of Pittsburgh, Christine Frechard Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Landscape Problem, Mine Factory, Pittsburgh, PA
Possible Realities 2, Karl Stirner Trail Proposals Exhib. Lafayette College, Easton, PA

2014   “Everything at Once” (Four-Person) Modern Formations, Pittsburgh, PA “Interactivity” Wood Street Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2013   “Performity” 8 – Hour Drawings, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
2012   “As it ever was” ATOM Space, Hartford CT
2011   Drawing Connections, Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy
2010   Invitational Alumni Show, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

2009   Paintpresent, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY
Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro, OR
Art on Campus, Central Michigan University Art Gallery Mt. Pleasant MI

2008   Serial Meditations NutureArt Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (catalogue)
Benefit Exhibition NurtureArt, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
2007   Providence Art Windows, Providence, RI

Visual Grammar, (four-person) Digging Pitt Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
8 – Hour Drawings, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

2006   Materiality, (two-person) Roxbury Community College, Boston, MA
Flat-File Artist, Digging Pitt Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2005   Patterns, (two-person) Maryland Center for the Arts, Annapolis, MD
Technicolor, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY
Patterns & Pulse, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY
2004   Six Windows, A group (four) exhibition sponsored by NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc.,

Citigroup Lobby Window Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Six Emerging Regional Artists, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA Art Barn at Kentlands Mansion, Gaithersburg, MD
2003   InterLimbic Gallery (two-person), Middleburg, VA

Simulations, Univ. of Edinboro (four-person), Edinboro, PA (catalog) Wallpaper Pop, Art Space (two-person), Maynard, MA
Analog/Digital, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ
Western Michigan University (two-person), Kalamazoo, MI

Halpert Biennial, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Artscape: Notebook, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2002   Fall Invitational, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Juxtapositions, Schomburg Gallery (two-person), Santa Monica, CA
Winter Solstice, Schomburg Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2001   Craig Flinner Contemporary Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Acme Art Company (two-person), Columbus, OH
White River Gallery (featured artist), Montague, MI

73rd Regional, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
2000   Interior/Exterior, Catherine St. Gallery (three-person), Staten Island, NY Sam Houston State University (three-person), Huntsville, TX
Combined Talents 2000, Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, FL (catalog)

43rd Chautauqua National Exhibition, Chautauqua, NY (catalog) 1999

1999   Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham, MI

1998   Works on Paper ‘98, San Jacincto College, Houston, TX

COLLECTIONS

Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy
Landfill Art Project, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Two Brother Beauty Supplies, Providence, RI
Marian College, Indianapolis, IN
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Grand Crown Plaza Hotel, Atlanta, GA
Soften Associates, Grand Rapids, MI
Private collections in the U.S., Russia and Czech Republic

PUBLICATIONS

2015 Artists Opportunity Monthly, October issue
2005
New American Painting #57 (juror Jonathan P. Binstock)
2003
New Art International, Book Art Press, NY
2000
New American Paintings: The MFA Annual (juror Klaus Kertess) 1999 New American Paintings #23 (juror James Rondeau)

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2016 Kurt Shaw “Color, imagination run wild of Center for the Arts” Cover photo Trib/LIVE March 30

Bill O’Driscoll “A review of the 2016 Solo & Collaborative Exhibits at the PCA” City Paper Pittsburgh April 6

Jenn Schuler “Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Hosts Opening Reception for Solo & Collaborative Exhibits” Black Tie January 1

2015 Kurt Shaw “Artists given wonderful display at Squirrel Hill’s Christine Frechard Gallery” Trib/LIVE AandE November 4

2012 Luis Fabregas “Newsmaker: Patrick Schmidt” Tribune-Review September 12 Susan Dunne “New Show at ATOM Space: ‘As It Ever Was’ Hartford Courant,

May 3
2007 Kurt Shaw "The Hot Ticket" (photo) Tribune-Review Pittsburgh, April 5 2004 Gregory M. Knepp “New Generation”
Pittsburgh City Paper” Pittsburgh,

PA December, 16th
Mollie McClelland “Artists Responding to War”
The New People”

Pittsburgh, PA November 2004
2003 J. Meyers “Schmidt’s ‘Wallpaper Pop’ Creates Engaging Artistic

Experience” Red & Black
B. Hundt “W & J Professor Adds Some Pop to the Art of Wallpaper”

Washington Observer-Reporter
C. Nordbye “Two Artists Create an Anthology of Americana” Kalamazoo

Gazette
S. Jenkins “Patrick Schmidt and Laurent LaGamba” Arts Media Boston

2002 V. VanAmeyden “KCC Davidson Gallery Hosts Michigan Painter” Battle Creek Shopper News

C. Stapley “Photographer and Painter Make KC Debuts” Kansas City Star 2001 A. Steinberg “Eyecandy: Pop Song” Charlottesville C-Ville Weekly

R. Latter “Op on Pop: Colorful Patterns Celebrate Popular Culture”

Charlottesville Daily Progress
2000 A. Bannon “Exhibition of American Art Opens” The Chautauquan Daily

D. Bischoff “A Lasting Im`pression” The Newark Star-Ledger
M. Fressola “Island’s Smaller Galleries Make Clever Use of Space”

Staten Island Advance

VISITING ARTIST LECTURES

2016 Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (two-lectures/performances) 2015 Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI

Kansas City Artist Coalition, Kansas City, MO 2011 Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA

2010 Gilliam Center for the Arts, UVA-Wise, VA 2007 Digging Pitt Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2005 Morehead State University, Morehead, KY

Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA 2004 District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DC

Tennessee Technical University, Cookeville, TN 2003 University of Texas, Tyler, TX

Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA
Olin Gallery, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
Philosophy Club, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA

2002 Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, MI Marian College, Indianapolis, IN

Firelands College of Bowling Green State University, Huron, OH 2001 Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

1996 Public School #17, Petrozavodsk, Russia

RESIDENCIES

2017 Florence School of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy
2003 Glen Arbor Art Association, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI 2002 Marian College, Visiting Artist, Indianapolis, IN
2000 Soaring Gardens Retreat, Ora Lerman Charitable Trust, Laceyville, PA

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2014 Summer Deans Grant, Eye Tracking Workshop, W&J College
2007 Faculty Supplemental Travel Fund; Moorish patterns of Spain
2005 Kenneth Mason Sr. Summer Faculty Research Grant; Painting and Drawing as

Installation: Creating an In-Between Space 2000 Bush Industries Award, Chautauqua Institute

GALLERY EDUCATION

Award of Excellence, Galesburg, IL
Todd Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO
MFA (2000) and BFA (1995) in Painting, Central Michigan University