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Patricia Sannit

Patricia Sannit Contemporary Ceramics

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"The impulse to decorate is strong. The push to create a border or impose a structured order on the already beautiful order of the (chaotic) natural world is compelling. Humans have always done so.

My work draws from and responds to visual idioms found throughout human history. Visual languages flow from culture to culture and through time; I explore how the changes of motifs and technologies show development and transformation in societies. I draw from our species’ long and intimate relationship with our surroundings, both natural and man-made. To that end, I use a variety of mostly found and repurposed clays to refer to both the contributions of previous makers in our collective art history and the stratigraphy of the Earth. My work is influenced by archaeology, geology, industry and the commonality of human experience through time and across culture.” Patricia Sannit

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Patricia Sannit received her BA in ceramics, Art History and Norwegian from the University of Minnesota and her MFA from the California College of Arts. She now lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Sannit’s work is influenced by her experiences excavating in the Near East and Ethiopia. Sannit’s most recent project is a large-scale ceramic installation, Citadel, based on an archeological site in Iraq. “I am interested in the story of the earth, our species, and pots. History is manifest in the scarred and worn surface of our planet and in a pot well made and well used.”



Patricia Sannit's C.V. (resume) - View her works

EDUCATION
1987 - M.F.A. with High Distinction, California College of Arts and Crafts,  - Oakland, California
1985 - B.A., Fine Arts, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1984 - B.A., Art History and Scandinavian Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1980 - Certificate in Ceramics, Agder Folkehøgskole, Norway
1979 - Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2012 - Obsidian Gallery, “Patricia Sannit: New Work”, Tucson, Arizona
2012 - Contemporary Forum Gala, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
2011 - Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, “Uncommon Ground:Impact and Influence”, Arvada, Colorado -
2011 - A.L. Swanson Gallery, Clay Extravaganza: Celebrating Archie Bray Foundation’s 60th Anniversary, Helena Montana
2011 - La Mesa at NCECA, invitational, Tampa, Florida
2011 - Mindy Solomon Gallery, group show, “Florida Souveniers”, St Petersburg, Florida
2011 - Citadel: an Installation by Patricia Sannit, Arizona State University Art Museum, Ceramics Research Center, Tempe, Arizona
2010 - Santa Fe Clay, La Mesa Invitational, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2010 - Mindy Solomon Gallery, three person show, “Utility and Beauty”, St. Petersburg, Florida
2010 - Santa Fe Clay, “Earth Origins: Patricia Sannit and David Hicks”, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2010 - LongHouse Reserve Gallery, “Excentrica Invitational”, East Hampton, New York
2010 - Costello Childs, Spring Exhibition:  Randall Reid - Patricia Sannit, Scottsdale, Arizona
2010 - Contemporary Craft 2010, juried by Jane Sauer, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, Arizona
2010 - Archie Bray Foundation, “Beyond The Brickyard”, juried by Wayne Higby, Helena, Montana
2009 - Phoenix Museum of Art, Contemporary Forum Artist Grant Exhibition
2009 - Costello Childs Gallery, Gallery Artists at NCECA, Phoenix, Arizona
2009 - Ink and Clay 35, Cal State Pomona, Kellogg Art Gallery, Pomona, California.  Juried by Christy Johnson, American Museum Of Ceramic Art, Juror’s Award, Purchase Award
2009 - Ceramics Facuty Show, Eric Fischl Gallery, Phoenix College, Phoenix, Arizona
2009 - La Mesa 2009, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA
2008 - Artisan Gallery, “Consider the Cup: Cup and Mug invitational”, Northhampton, Massachusetts
2008 - Don Soker Gallery, San Francisco, California, “Summer Show”
2008 - Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 2008 Clay Invitational
2008 - Arizona State University Ceramic Research Center Gala Invitational Exhibition, Tempe, Arizona
2007 - Udinotti Gallery, three person show, Scottsdale, Arizona
2007 - Northern Clay Center, three person show, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2006 - Udinotti Gallery, three person show, Scottsdale, Arizona
2006 - Arizona State University Ceramic Research Center Gala Invitational Exhibition, Tempe, Arizona
2005 - Plymouth Gallery, three-person show, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2004 - Red Star Studios, group show, Kansas City, Missouri
2004 - Udinotti Gallery, Group Ceramics Exhibition, Scottsdale, Arizona
2004 - Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Regional Ceramics Show, Phoenix, Arizona
2003 - Figuration, West Valley Art Museum, Peoria, Arizona
2003 - Northern Clay Center, three-person show, Minneapolis Minnesota
2003 - “Shared Passion”: Sara and David Lieberman Collection of Contemporary Ceramics and Craft, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
2002 - Santa Fe Clay, Annual Dinnerware Invitational, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2002 - Works Gallery, solo show, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2001 - Northern Clay Center, December Invitational, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2001 - Bad Wimpfener Kunstgalerie, Bad Wimpfen, Germany, group show
2000 - Mesa Contemporary Arts, Survey AZ: An Invitational Exhibition of Six Arizona Artists, Mesa, Arizona
2000 - Udinotti Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, ceramic artists group show
2000 - Arizona State University Memorial Union Gallery, “All of Us”, group show
1999 - Mesa Art Center, 99 Cups, Mesa, Arizona
1999 - Udinotti Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, two-person show
1999 - The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, solo exhibition
1999 - Grand Canyon University Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, “Menagerie”, an invitational exhibit of figurative ceramics
1998 - Nancy Margolis Gallery, Portland, Maine, Invitational Exhibition
1998 - Udinotti Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, solo exhibition, paintings and sculpture
1998 - Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, California, two-person show
1997 - Shemer Art Center, “From the Ashes”; All Arizona Clay, Phoenix, Arizona
1997 - Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona, “Connections”, group show
1997 - Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California, solo exhibition
1996 - Nancy Margolis Gallery, Portland, Maine, group show
1996 - The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, group show
1996 - Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, California, group show
1995 - Galleria Mesa, Mesa, Arizona, 18th Annual Vahki Exhibit
1995 - Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, California, “Textures”, group show
1995 - Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, California, group show
1995 - San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, California, “The Prints and the Paper”, juried print exhibition
1995 - Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, “Crafts National 29”
1995 - ProArts Gallery, Oakland, California, “Impressions: The Medium Extended”, juried show
1995 - SOMAR Gallery, San Francisco, California, “Artists of No Color”, five-person exhibition
1994 - The Artery, Davis, California, “California Clay 94” (“Juror’s Award”)
1994 - San Angelo Museum of Art, San Angelo, Texas, Ninth Annual San Angelo Ceramics Competition
1994 - Morphos Gallery, San Francisco, California, “Etchings on Muslin”, solo exhibition
1993 - Creative Growth Gallery, Oakland, California, “Pairings”, group show
1992 - Morphos Gallery, San Francisco, California, solo show
1990 - Robert Dana Gallery, San Francisco, California, solo show
1989 - Creative Growth Gallery, Oakland, California, “Making Marks”, juried by Squeak Carnwath and Pat Klein
1984 - Downey Museum of Art, Downey, California, American Ceramics National  

BIBLIOGRAPHY
- Pacific Northwest Inlander, ”Spiritual Ceramics”, by Howie Stalwick
- Phoenix Home and Garden, “Master of the Southwest, Patricia Sannit Queen of Clay”, March 2008, pp. 190-196
- American Style, “Behind Closed Doors”, June 2008
- “Shared Passion”: Sara and David Lieberman Collection of Contemporary Craft, Heather Sealy - Lineberry and Peter Held, eds., pub. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, c.2003
- Phoenix Home and Garden, November 2001, “It’s All About Art; at Home with Rudy Turk”
- John Carlos Villani, “Mesa Exhibit Spotlights Artists on the Rise,” Arizona Republic, 12/24/2000
- Scottsdale Magazine, “Brushstrokes”, September/October2000
- Ceramics Monthly,  “Up Front”, February 2000
- Art-Talk Danny Medina, “Danny Hangs His Stockings”, December 1998
- Ceramics Monthly, “Patricia Sannit”, May 1998
- The Best of Pottery, J. Fairbanks and A. Fina, Eds.  Rockport, Maine: Quarry Publishers, 1996
- Ceramics Monthly “Ninth Annual San Angelo Competition”, February 1995  
- Moyle, Marilyn, “Gallery Graced by Multitude of Treasures”, Davis Enterprise, April 14, 1994  
- SF Live “Visual Arts”, March-April 1994
- Sentinel, February, 1991, San Francisco, California

SELECTED AWARDS
2010 - Arizona Commission on the Arts, Artist Project grant
- Contemporary Forum, artist grant 2008
- Ink and Clay, Juror’s award, purchase award

COLLECTIONS
- John Hickman
- Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
- Downey Museum of Art, Downey, California
- Rene De Rosa
- Sara and David Lieberman
- Rudy Turk
- Stefan Jansen
- Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix, Arizona
- Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, California
- Peregrine Capital Investments
- Joan Lincoln
- Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, Arizona
- General Mills Corporation
- Steve and Alexis Stone
- Tana and Ridge Smidt
- Midge and Jerry Golner

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