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Current Perspectives: Patti Warashina
September 7 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pmFREE
Born and raised in Spokane, Patti Warashina earned her BFA and MFA degrees at the University of Washington, Seattle. After teaching for five years in the Midwest, she returned to UW, where she served on the faculty for 25 years. As an artist and educator, Warashina brought national recognition to the department of ceramics at the University of Washington’s School of Art. California Funk, Surrealism, and experimental West Coast ceramic sculpture from the 1950s and 1960s were early influences in her artworks. They are best known for satire, humor, and dream state figures, expressed through low-fire polychrome ceramics, bronze, mixed media, and lithography. Warashina has received numerous awards including three NEA grants. Her work is represented in many renowned collections, including the Museum of Art and Design, the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2012 and 2013, Warashina’s works were surveyed in two 50-year retrospective exhibitions at AMOCA in Pomona, California and the Bellevue Art Museum in Bellevue, Washington. A biographical book, Wit and Wisdom, published by the American Museum of Ceramic Art, accompanied the exhibitions. In recent years, Warashina has produced a suite of prints at the Lawrence Lithography Workshop in Kansas City. She continues to produce sculpture in her Seattle studio, where she is preparing for a gallery exhibition at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in May 2018.