Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Patricia Sannit is a visual artist, with a BA in Art History, Norwegian, and Fine Art from the University of Minnesota and an MFA with High Distinction from the California College of Art. Sannit has also worked on archeological sites in the Near East and Ethiopia, excavating and studying early cultures and art. Sannit exhibits widely, with work in many prominent private and public collections. She has received the Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award, the Arizona Art Commission artist award, and has had residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, Red Lodge Art Center and the Belger Crane Yard. Recent exhibits include a solo show at the Mulvane Museum in Topeka, Kansas and a durational performance piece at FORM Arcosanti.
“My art practice is divided between making, a love of all materials, and research. I am a historian by nature and earnestly seek ways to bring relevance to history and make the lessons of experience relate to contemporary culture. My education was heavy on art, but also included art history and archeology. I worked on archeological and anthropological sites in Jordan and Syria and Ethiopia. Those experiences have had a lasting impact on my thought processes, sense of my humanity, and art.”