Sparkly Darkly at Black and White Project Space and Gallery Feb 24-April 9 2017

Black & White Gallery/Project Space is very pleased to host Sparkly Darkly - a site-specific installation by Patte Loper. 
Formally trained as a painter, Loper is a conceptual artist working between several mediums to mine the histories of 20th century art. In Sparkly Darkly Loper uses iconic imagery from early surrealism and cubism as raw material that she fragments, disrupts, and dissolves into associative forms and shapes.

Visit to a Small Planet, Juliette Art Museum at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences May 5 - July 20 2017

Visit to a Small Planet, May 5 - July 20 2017
Juliette Art Museum at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Charleston, WV
 This installation uses formal art techniques combined with a sense of hand-made science fiction. The aesthetic histories of Cubism, Theater Artaud, architectural design, protest art, and 1950’s science fiction b-movies were used as inspiration to build the work. My motivation behind the piece was to communicate with the children of this coal-mining area about renewable energy. The installation is built primarily with recycled material, and everything here will ultimately be recycled or reused in some form.

Yaddo Visual Artist Fellowship, October 2018

Laboratory for Other Worlds, Mattress Factory Residency and Solo Exhibition, September 27, 2019 - September 5, 2020

Connecting a feminist utopian science fiction lab environment with an operational stop-motion action video set and an off-grid solar panel system, this multi-layered immersive installation creates a fantastical environment wired with working sustainable technology.

Art, Artists, and You - Children's Museum of Manhattan Studio Residency and Exhibition June 1 - December 31 2019

Innovative Exhibit Encourages Children and their Families to Explore Self-Expression and Identity through Art-Making
New York, N.Y., June 4, 2019 – The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (212 West 83rd Street) today announced its next group of four new artists-in-residence for its hugely popular, critically-acclaimed “Art, Artists & You” exhibit. Part interactive art studio, part art exhibition, “Art, Artists & You” is where maker-space meets contemporary art. This exhibition experience is designed to encourage children and their families to explore self-expression and identity through the delights of art-making. Families can create stop motion animation, craft a model of a favorite pet, or collaborate on a massive wall hanging.
The Museum’s new artists-in-residence, Gabino A. Castelán, Patte Loper, Tijay Mohammed and Annesofie Sandal, will work in studios located directly in the exhibit, through the end of the year.  Castelán develops spaces through paintings, drawings, sculpture, performance and installation. Loper creates multi-media based works in painting, sculpture, video and technology. Mohammed primarily works with African wax fabric and incorporates other assorted materials and objects. Sandal works with discarded materials, site-specific installation, photography and video.

Post-Election Show, September Gallery, Hudson, NY, Jan 28-March 5th 2017

Exhibition Co-Organized by Kristen Dodge and Kate Gilmore. Opening Saturday, January 28, 2017. Event programming begins at 3pm. Opening Day Co-Organized by Lauren Barnes and Shanekia McIntosh. Exhibition Dates: January 28 - March 5, 2017

Exhibition and workshops at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts

Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts
Empathy and Craft in the 21st Century
July-August, 2017

Participating artists: Ali Yas, Ahmed Salameh, Bayan Kiwan, Diala Al Daghlise, Diran Malatjalian, Ethan Murrow, Hannah Jabare, Khaldoun Hijazin, Lina Salah, Mayada Abu-Qdais, Patte Loper, Sama Shahrouri, Tasneem Jaabo, Wujoud

Exhibition was based on workshops led by myself, Diran Malatjalian, Khaldoun Hijazin and Ethan Murrow. Preparations for the exhibition began with a workshop led by myself and Khaldoun Hijazin examining intersectionality as a tool to resist entrenched hierarchies. This felt particularly potent at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman, a city and country at the crossroads of the Middle East, witnessing and ameliorating the interlocked and continuing refugee crises of the 20th and 21st centuries.

EFA Open Studios, Oct. 20 - 22, 2016

EFA Open Studios Thursday, Oct. 20 - Sat. Oct. 22. Three days, 75 artist studios!

Temporary Structures and Home Communities, University of Jordan, Nov 5 - 12, 2016

A series of lectures and workshops hosted by the University of Jordan in Amman Jordan. Collaboration with Ethan Murrow, Khaldoun Hijazine, Diala Al Dahlise, and University of Jordan art students.

Art, AIDS, America opens at the Alphawood Foundation Gallery, Dec. 1, 2016

FSU Department of Art Visiting Lecture Series, January 21, 2016

I was invited to give a lecture at my undergraduate alma mater, Florida State University, where my father was also a professor in the Geophysical Fluids Dynamics Institute for many years. It felt like a homecoming and it was such a surreal experience to go back to the FAB building. There I met with amazing students and faculty in the art department. For anyone looking for a fully funded MFA complete with giant studios and a culturally rich community, FSU is your place.

The photo is of a student's stream-of-consciousness illustration of the lecture! Love this!

Platform Survey Show! From There to Here opens May 5th, 2016

or How to Let a Peculiar Still Point and Brightness in the Woods
Ease Our Grief (While Seeking Higher Ground in the Sky)

My last exhibition at Platform's Third St. Space in Pioneers Square, the gallery is moving to online and more nomadic exhibitions. Looking very much forward to the next chapter with the inimitable Stephen Lyons and Platform!

Art, AIDS, America opens at the Zuckerman Museum in Atlanta, February 23, 2016

Art, AIDS, America opens in Atlanta at the Zuckerman Museum. The link here is to a conversation between Kia Labeija and Sur Rodney addressing the artists being mostly recognizable names in the art world, and the ensuing controversy regarding the lack of fair representation of Black artists, particularly given the impact AIDS has had on this community. I am very proud to be a part of this show, given the way that it has created a platform for this conversation, and the way the exhibition itself has been revamped to address the valid concerns of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Seeking Higher Ground opens at Suyama Space in Seattle, opens May 20th

It has been an incredible honor to be one of the last artists selected to exhibit at the historic venue, Suyama Space in Seattle. The space has hosted over 50 site-specific installations in its gorgeous Bell-Town space since its inception in 2000.

My work investigated and addressed large urban planning projects of the 20th and 21st century through a DIY aesthetic and use of recycled and scavenged material. For more information and images by Seattle's Mark Woods, click on the link!

Art AIDS America Opens at the Bronx Museum, July 15 2016

I could not be more proud to be a part of this historical exhibition. Many thanks to Rock Hushka and David Katz for including my work and putting together this show!

"Name It By Trying To Name It" Opens at the Drawing Center, July 2015

Sprawling, complex, and interwoven, this evolving show at the Drawing Center included all 50-odd artists from Open Sessions. Power Exchange Unit was created in response to prompts from curators Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway.

"Narrative Axis" Opens at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, August 23, 2015

This show features the Open Sessions 2 artists again! This time in Texas, and it's big...

With thanks to the Daynard Travel Grant at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Elizabeth Foundation Studios, beginning summer 2015

The EFA is a terrific organization that supports artists in so many ways and I am really glad to be a part of it. Director Bill Carroll and Assistant Director Natalia Nakazawa are a huge part of what makes this place run like a well oiled machine. 

"Blue Star exhibit pushes boundaries of drawing ‘Narrative Axis’ challenges tradition" by Steve Bennett, September 8, 2015

Terrific article about the Blue Star Contemporary exhibit!

"The Stick Things, True Detective" by Christian Caliandro

Fascinating essay (albeit read through Google Translate) about the recent development of a 'future primitive' in contemporary art - "Structure For Ruining Paintings" is used as an example.

Art, AIDS, America opens at Tacoma Art Museum and travels to the Bronx Museum

Ground breaking exhibition curated by Rock Huschka, chief curator and curator of contemporary and Northwest art at Tacoma Art Museum and Dr. Jonathan Katz, director of the Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo SUNY. There is a gorgeous catalog and I am very excited to be included in this historical show.

New Collaboration with Frances Disley for Bushwick Expo/Exchange Rates with Platform Gallery and Paper Gallery, UK at Schema Projects, Brooklyn, October 26, 2014

Bushwick, Brooklyn-Norte Maar is pleased to unite Seattle based Platform Gallery and UK basedPAPER Gallery for Sluice_Exchange Rates: an international exposition, Oct 23-26. Both galleries team up to present a collaborative exhibition for Norte Maar’s Schema Projects residency. The exhibition will be open from 12-6pm, Oct 23-26, with a special edition of Beat Niteon Fri, Oct 24, 6-10pm.

Patte Loper’s practice involved creating three-dimensional environments that she then uses as models to create two-dimensional observational paintings. Frances Disley is currently exploring the notion of presenting artworks in a state of flux, unresolved and tipping into the next stage of transformation. She would like to expose at what point an artwork becomes an actual piece of art and the mechanisms an artist employs to make this process possible. Alongside Patte and Frances will create new artworks for Norte Maar@Schema generated from their trans-Atlantic dialogue transforming the frontice of the gallery into an immersive work combining the three-dimensional with the two.

Making Space, North Seattle College, February 9, 2015
Recent work at the Drawing Center's 11th Annual Auction, September 14, 2014
Open Sessions 2 at the Drawing Center, November 21, 2014

New work including a collaborative film on fairy tales and politics; an installation under the stairs; a stack of posters in envelopes, ready to be mailed; a comic book for reconciliation; drawings of movie cameras, and of films; Morse code messages; and other new work. Participating artists: Joey Fauerso, Tatiana Istomina, Patte Loper, Matt Neff, Mona Sharma, Adam Shecter, Naho Taruishi, and Arturs Virtmanis.

Patte Loper’s After Lebbeus: A Model for Drawing responds to the architecture of the Lab at The Drawing Center. It has been built intuitively, without a plan, using a language of experimental architecture inspired by Lebbeus Woods, whose drawings were exhibited by The Drawing Center in 2013. Loper will draw the built form from observation at set times during the exhibition, leaving the drawings behind as part of the installation. 

Amalassunta INSPECTIONS: Ten artists and Licini, July 6 to September 28, 2014

The exhibition Amalassunta testing. Osvaldo & Licini ten artists , conceived and curated by Christian Caliandro specifically for the Gallery of Contemporary Art "Osvaldo Licini" of Ascoli Piceno and organized by ArteContemporaneaPicena part of the project in Art Center , is geared to put dialogue in national and international artists - three Americans, an Austrian and six Italians - with the original figure of the painter Marches. This dialogue will be developed through an exhibition that, by reconfiguring the layout and the layout of the paintings in the gallery Licini, will build a visual narrative, a narrative made ​​up of references to images, references, suggestions and story lines.

The Drawing Center/Open Sessions, February 2014-February 2016

I will be participating in The Drawing Center's Open Sessions,  two-year program involving artists working in a variety of disciplines, Open Sessions artists will be participating in exhibitions in The Drawing Center’s Lab Space and other venues, as well as studio visits, public programs, and informal gatherings. These programs will be cooperatively organized by Open Sessions Curators Nova Benway and Lisa Sigal, and groups of the participating artists, with support from Open Sessions Fellows Kamrooz Aram, Nathan Carter, Emilie Clark, and E.V. Day.

Great Interview in Ithaca College Paper, the Ithacan, by student Evin Billington, February 2014
Your Margins, Your Rivers, Your Diminutive Villages, January 23 - March 7, 2014

January 22—March 7, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 23, 5.00–7.00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Thursday, February 20, 6.00 p.m.
Expanded Summary:
The work seen in this show will be paintings and a multimedia site-specific work comprised of drawing, video, and sculptural components. Using automatic building and drawing techniques, Loper will create a piece in the gallery using the surrounding natural environment of the area as a departure point, from water pathways moving through terrain and deep woods to manicured landscapes and land used for agriculture. Because the work is generated intuitively, using surrealist automatism as a guiding principle, the work often takes unexpected forms, exploring the intersecting terrains of landscape, utopian architecture, and bodily organism.

Destilled Lives, Spaces Gallery, January 31 - April 4, 2014

For this SPACES Vault installment, Kristin Rogers has curated a selection of video works under the title "DeStilled Lives." The videos feature an assortment of quiet (still) "lives" that awaken into contemplative, cautious even, movement. Awakened, yet not immediately sure of their surroundings, these so-called DeStilled Lives move through their environments-through their narration-with a sense of quiet determination and lived awareness.
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Millay Colony for the Arts Residency July 1 - July 25, 2013

The Millay Colony for the Arts offers one-month residencies to six visual artists, writers and composers each month between the months of April and November. Nurturing the work of artists of all ages, from a range of cultures and communities, and in all stages of their artistic career, the Colony offers comfortable private rooms, private studio spaces and ample time to work in a quiet, pastoral atmosphere.

"How to Stay Alive in the Woods" Opens at Platform Gallery June 20, 2013

10 Recommended Summer Art Events

Platform Gallery presents new work by Patte Loper for her  fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. Long been interested in the interface between the natural and the constructed world, Patte begins her paintings by first creating models made from pieced-together scraps of found materials such as discarded cardboard, cloth, sticks, string and putty. She then makes observational paintings using the models as subjects for portraits.

Constance Saltonstall Foundation Artist Residency July 25-August 22, 2013

The Constance Saltonstall Foundation was created in 1995 and is a beautiful artist residency in the finger lake area of upstate New York. Artists are awarded amazing studios, apartments, and run of the foundation's 200 acre estate during month-long residencies.

La Cura della Sguardo/the Care of the Gaze, project Dolomiti Contemporanee Cortinad'Ampezzo at the PalaentologicalMuseum, Cortina, Italy August 2 - September 3, 2013

I'Dolomiti Contemporanee, a project that connects Contemporary Art and Dolomiti-Unesco, gives attention to old abandoned industrial buildings filling them with new life, through residency, exhibitions and joint-project with Museums and Galleries.

The exhibition, "la cura dello sguardo/ the care of the gaze", will be held at Cortina d'Ampezzo at the PalaeontologicalMuseum, which is part of the Museum complex of Cortina and aims to reflect on the contemporary nature of the territory, of the people and of the mountain traditions. It will take place from the 2nd of August to the 3rd of September.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Center Governor’s Island Residency August 1 - December 14, 2012

Lower Manhattan Cultural Center Governor’s Island Residency

In 2010, LMCC transformed Building 110 on Governors Island, formerly a historic Army warehouse on the island’s northern shore, into a multi-use arts facility for the development and presentation of new work in the performing and visual arts. Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island houses 20 visual artist studios,

Residency dates: Wednesday, August 1 – Friday, December 14, 2012

Open Studio Events:

Friday, September 29 – Sunday, September 30

December 2012

Forms in Flux: A Collaboration Between Aichi University and SMFA

Participating Artists:

From Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music

Hisashi Kurachi, Nobuyuki Osaki, Noriyori Shirakawa


From School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Patte Loper, Michelle Samour, Jennifer Schmidt


A collaboration between the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) and Aichi University, Nagoya, Japan, "Forms in Flux" is an exhibition of three artists from each respective institution whose work addresses concepts of transformation, and whose collective practices become newly recontextualized among their fellow exhibitors. "Forms in Flux" provides a meeting place for something new to be created from two geographically distant locations, and the transformative nature of each artist's work is heightened in the physical and artistic context of their foreign counterparts. Just as the collaboration itself has fluctuated from its inception, so does the work of these accomplished faculty members, whose work breaches communication, intuition and alteration.


This exhibition and all related events are free and open to the public.



Opening Reception: March 26, 6–8 pm

Barbara and Steven Grossman Gallery, SMFA


Artist Talks: March 27, 5:30–7 pm

All participants discuss their work

Barbara and Steven Grossman Gallery, SMFA


Patte Loper Still Point of the Returning World

Patte Loper Still Point of the Returning World
  October 6 to November 19, 2011  
Artist’s Reception, First Thursday, October 6, 6 to 8PM  featuring a special performance by Brooklyn-based synthpop band U.V.A. at 7PM

Platform Gallery is pleased to present the work of Patte Loper in her third solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition will include paintings on panel, works on paper, and some of the sculptures Patte made to star as model for the two-dimensional work.

Since 2004, Platform Gallery has exhibited challenging contemporary art including sculpture, painting, works on paper, photography and installations by artists from around the world.

The exhibition space in located on the East Edge of historic Pioneer Square in the Tashiro-Kaplan arts complex at 114 Third Avenue South. Platform also exhibits in various art fairs including those in Miami, Portland, London, and Los Angeles.

VCCA Residency Fellowship, August 1 – 30, 2011

An international working retreat for visual artists, writers, and composers situated in the rolling foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.