Mary Patten

Artadia Awardee

My practice includes video, installation, drawing, photography, performance, and large-scale public projects–murals, billboards, and collaborative exchanges. I have exhibited and screened work for thirty years in many artist-run and alternative spaces, university museums, and international film / video festivals, including Threewalls, the Chicago Cultural Center, N.I.U. Art Museum, Gallery 400, Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Randolph St. Gallery, Creative Time (with Feel Tank Chicago), Art in General, Fales Special Collections at NYU, The Cooper Union, the New Museum, Shedhalle/Zürich, Kunstverein and Kunsthaus (Hamburg), artMbassy (Berlin), Rotterdam International Film Festival, London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, MIX, and Women in the Director’s Chair. My book Revolution as an Eternal Dream: the Exemplary Failure of the Madame Binh Graphics Collective was published by Half Letter Press in 2011. Other writings have been published in the Chicago Social Practice History Series, The Passionate Camera, WhiteWalls, AREA, and Radical Teacher. Collaborative and public projects include Chicago Torture Justice Memorials and Feel Tank Chicago. I have received fellowships and awards Illinois Arts Council, Ucross Foundation, and the N.E.A. among others. My work has been discussed in books, journals, and publications including Art in America, Brooklyn Rail, Afterimage, Bad at Sports, Dark Matter, On the Wall, Lesbian Art in America, and Get the Message. Since 1993, I have been teaching in the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.