Pat Alexander’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States as well as Asia and Germany. Her installation Even the Stars was one of three selected for exhibition during the “Biennial Paper Fiber Art: Eco-Sublime” in Taiwan in 2017-2018, organized by l’Association Chaîne de Papier, France.
Earlier versions of Even the Stars were presented as a room installation at the VisArts Gibb Street Gallery in Maryland and “In, On, Of Paper” a juried national exhibit at Paper Circle,in Ohio. Alexander was introduced to papermaking through a 1988 Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Residency grant at Pyramid Atlantic. Papermaking has played a significant role in her art since.
In 2015 she was commissioned to create a paper environment for Dear Mother for the Peabody Dance Centennial, collaborating with choreographer Connie Dinapoli, composer Angel Lam. In 2008 she created a major artist-cast paper installation for Meander with choreographer Carol Bartlett for the Peabody Dance and a major artist-cast paper installation for Scaling the Walls, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, with choreographer Joyce Morgenroth and writer/musician Ann McCutchan, 2001. Scaling the Walls was expanded and reconfigured for a performance at the Brown Center, Maryland Institute College of Art during Blurred Edges, the American Independent Colleges of Art and Design 2004 conference on the interdisciplinary.
The article Scaling the Walls, Integrating Paper Sculpture with Music, and Spoken Word_ with co-author Ann McCutchan appeared in “Hand Papermaking”, Volume 18, Number 2, Winter, 2003. Her work also appeared in the Summer 1991 HP article “Sculptural Papers”. She gave an illustrated talk at the Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas “Two Artists + Three Disciplines: Notes From a 20-Year Collaboration” in 2013.
Major Public Art commissions include “Geometro”, a mosaic installation at the Baltimore Metro: Lexington Market Station, commissioned by the Maryland Mass Transit Administration.
Her work has been supported by international residency grants in Ibrahampasa, Turkey (Babyan Culture House, ‘10), Newfoundland, Canada (the Pouch Cove Foundation, ‘07 and ‘00), Rochefort-en-Terre, France (Alfred and Trafford Klots Intl. Program for Artists,‘05)and Mojacar, Spain (Fundacion Valparaiso, ‘03). In the USA residency fellowships include the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, (‘91, ’95, ’97), Jentel (‘06) and the Hambidge Center (‘91, ‘93, ‘95). Numerous foundation awards include two MD State Art’s Council Individual Artist Grants, a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Artist’s Residency Grant and an NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship.
Alexander is a Professor Emeritus at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
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