Resume 2017

The Rising
Education

New York University BA History -- 1968-69

NFA @ Art Students League, Life Drawing & Painting with Vaclav Vytlacil, Manhattan –-1965-68

Parsons School of Design, Fashion Illustration, Manhattan 1964-65

Lake Forest College “English Lit” major -- 1961-64

Employment

Milwaukee 2004 to present

Won Wisconsin Arts Board/National Endowment of the Arts Community Collaboration Grant 2008 to create “Colors of Self” traveling mural of self-portraits by Transitional Living Services clients-- 2008

Won grant from Walker’s Point Center for the Arts grant to facilitate my “Colorplay” in 2006 at:

— Kagel Elementary School
— Spanish Immersion School
— Fratney Elementary

Buffalo 1988-2004

Burchfield-Penney Art Center, store manager -- 6 Months

NYS Office of Mental Health, founding editor Mental Health World, award-winning quarterly journal entered into New York State University library bound journal stacks -- 7 Years

Chicago 1975-87

Two retail chains: Fashion/Special Events Dir. -- 4 Years

Helene Curtis Ind., Inc.: copy supervisor – 4.5 Years
Ad Agencies & Retailers: Freelance ad/pr copy -- 9 Months

Temporary Agency: clerical; law firm receptionist -– 11 Months

Manhattan 1964-75

Modern Bride magazine: Sales Promotion copywriter -- 15 Months

Seventeen magazine “Abigail Wood” columnist – 2.5 Years


MGM’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, assistant to Sales Promotion Creative Director -- 9 Months


Sew Business Magazine, layout and ad copy –- 7 Months

Volunteering

Milwaukee — Since September 2004

Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force Steering Committee: www.milwaukeemhtf.org --- since September 2017

Milwaukee Turners Confronting Mass Incarceration Committee:
www.milwaukeeturners.org/about/the-latest-news-from-the-milwaukee-turners-at-turner-hall --- since September 2017

Felmers O. Chaney Advocacy Board, 2nd Recorder: www.fcabmke.org/ --- since May 2017

Community Coalition for Quality Policing: www.cc4qp.org/about-us.html --- since November 2016

“Beautiful Minds: Raising Mental Health Awareness” @ Milwaukee Area Technical College initiated and co-organized with MATC President’s Diversity Council -- 2014-15

Co-Editor, “Creative Sexuality: Memoirs of a Catholic Nun” by Barbarlie Steiffermann, OSF -- 2014

“Heart & Spirit Matter 2013” @ Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 2013” initiated and co-organized with National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Milwaukee Area -- November 4, 2013

President’s Diversity Council, Milwaukee Area Technical College member –- 2013-15

Word Portraits for www.MilwaukeeRenaissance.com/PeaceOfMind/ of justice activists, including in 2012, the founding pastors of MICAH, Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope; behavioral health experts at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; administrators of youth organizations; educators and other leaders for spiritual freedom through art and education in ‘Profiles of Solutions; The Artist in Us’ and more on Sidebar: Founding Editor; sponsored by MilwaukeeRenaissance.com founders -- since January 2009

MICAH, Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope Communications Team –- 2011-13

Washington Park Partners Arts & Cultural Committee — 2011-14

Alfons Gallery Advisory Board, School Sisters of St. Francis, Milwaukee — 2010-14

“Taste of Harambee,” painting faces on Milwaukee Sewer Department rain barrels with kids in a park -- August 14, 2010

Citizens for Reform Campaign Strategy Committee to Elect Civil Rights Attorney James H. Hall, Jr. president of NAACP Milwaukee Branch — July-November 2010

“Block Party Art with Kids” with Reynaldo Hernandez — July 17, 2010

“Art In Wisconsin,” arts reporter — 2006-2009

“Creativity Heals 2009,” organizer with National Alliance on Mental Illness, Greater Milwaukee Area — November 2009

“Creative Forces TV” Panel Discussion, organizer/host; produced & sponsored by Milwaukee Access Telecommunications Authority, channels 14/96; also @ www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/PeaceOfMind/CreativeForcesTV -- since June 2008

Washington Park Beat, writer/proof reader -- 2007-09

“Put your money where your mind is” Mental Health Awareness Campaign, tail signs for Milwaukee and Chicago buses, partnering with Clear Channel Outdoor and Titan Worldwide -- 2007-09

Children’s Hospital Mental Health Advocates Committee -- 2007-10

Created “Colorplay” to help people unwind, have fun and inspire their imagination through colors and doodles while exchanging brief upbeat personal or fictional stories, or listening to music, never looking at the colors for selection, or at our random marks. Volunteer “Colorplay” workshops since 2005:

---Nehemiah Project
— Our Space, Inc.
— Walker Middle School of the Arts
— Wilson Senior Community Center
— Neighborhood children

Buffalo, NY -- 1988-2004

Diva by Diva, O’Connell & Co. Theater, Supporting Cast Member;
Scenery Artist — 2004

Activist for Spiritual Freedom through Art and Education — since 1991

Won grants for and organized first three “Heart & Spirit Matter Fine Art Exhibition” and panel discussions with artists and mental health specialists @ Impact Artists’ Gallery, Tri-Main Building — 2002-2004 (grant ends 2009)

Community Charter School “Colorplay” Classes – Fourth Graders – Spring 2004

Fine art publicity: Impact Artists’ Gallery, #545, 2495 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214; 716-835-6817 — 2002-04

Crisis Services “Draw the Line” poster art contest — committee member; juror; signature image for collateral materials — 2002-03

LogoQuest 2001 logo art contest juror, sponsored by Partnership to End Violence in Childhood & Youth, c/o EPIC — 2001

Created Colorplay Making Something Out of Nothing Workshops @ universities, psychiatric care agencies and conferences, neighborhood children. “Colorplay” wins grant from county department of mental health to help people unwind by exchanging fact or fiction stories while marking paper without selecting oil pastel colors or watching what they do — 2000-04:

— BryLin Hospital
— WNY Independent Living Project
— Good Shepard Church day campers, ages 8-12

Created “Wordshop” in 1991 to help people write about their experiences for a quarterly newsletter to increase self-knowledge and self-respect @
— Del Nor Psychiatric Resource Treatment Center --- 1991-93
--Clarkson Center (at-risk youth) --- 1993

Boards of Directors and Committees

Mental Health Peer Connection Agency Advisory Council -– 2003-04

BryLin Hospital Art Committee -- 2003-04

Catholic Charities’ Creative Edge Art Therapy Program Advisory Council -- 2003-04

Impact Artists’ Gallery, Inc. president, Board of Directors -- 2002-04

Crisis Services, Inc., Foundation Board vice-president; Board of Directors -- 2000-04

Community Services Mental Hygiene Advisory Board of Erie County, plus additional state and local policymaking boards/task forces – 1993-99

Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Marketing Committee — 1990

Chicago, Il. -- 1975-1987

Art Institute of Chicago Museum Information desk — 1975

Manhattan, NY -- 1964-1975

Bedford Stuyvesant Community Youth Center, painting murals with kids — 1966

Buffalo, NY — 1943-1961

Children’s Hospital, read to and offered books to patients — two days in 1961

Awards

Crisis Services Media Award 1997

Courage to Come Back Award 1992 — sponsored by United Way; Buffalo News; ABC-TV affiliate Ch. 7

NYU First Prize, Chemistry Art Competition 1969 — juried by HW Janson, New York University Art History Professor; author

Selected Fine Art Solo Shows

Lt. Gov/Chair, Wisconsin Arts Board Barbara Lawton’s “Art in the Office: Celebrating the Arts: Paintings by Patricia Obletz,” Madison, WI — September 24-October 28, 2010, Capitol Building

Ayzha Fine Arts, LLC presents Commentary by Patricia Obletz @ www.AYZHAFineArts.com — June-January 2011; April-November 2010

Stump Town Gallery,Alma, WI. — September-October 2009

Gallery 2622 "The Music in Art," Wauwatosa, WI — June 2009

City Hall Lobby “Horse Worship,” Milwaukee, WI — October 2008

Signature Image, Anti-Stigma Bus Campaign — Sept.-Nov. 2008, ‘07, Chicago & Milwaukee; Jan-April 2007, Milwaukee

Reuss Federal Building Lobby, Milwaukee, WI — May-June 2007

Footlights cover art: Chicago; Madison; Milwaukee, Spring/Summer

In Tandem Theatre, Equus, UWM Peck School of the Arts, Milwaukee, Mar-April 2007

Art Bar, Milwaukee — December 28, 2005-January 19, 2006

Guerilla Gallery, Milwaukee — September 18 - November 15, 2005

Selected Group Shows

Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery, Milwaukee – Featured artist October 2017; May 2017; summer 2014; on view since October 2012

Off Bradford Art Collective Semi-Circle PopUp Gallery III, Milwaukee, celebrating the arts: painters, poets, dancers and musicians – October 7, 2017; July 8, 2017

Gallery 2622: Landscapes: Paintings by Obletz; Photography by Becker -- July 2017

Off Bradford Art Collective Semi-Circle PopUp Gallery II, Milwaukee, celebrating the arts: painters, poets, dancers and musicians -- July 8, 2017

Off Bradford Art Collective Semi-Circle PopUp Gallery I,
Milwaukee, celebrating the arts: painters, poets, dancers and musicians -- May 27,

Grohmann Museum - MSOE DAW Fine Art Exhibition, Milwaukee -- October 14-24, 2011

WVA Exhibition 2011, Alverno College Gallery, Milwaukee — January 26-February 26,2011; delivered “Brown Bag Artist Talk,” February 17, 2011

MARN (Milwaukee Artist Resource Network) Treasure Hunt, Westside Artwalk — April 23-24, 2010

MARN Salon IV, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, Brookfield, WI — January 22-24, 2010

“Big, Bold & Beautiful,” Creative Expressions Art Gallery, Mequon — December 11-January 28, 2010

“The Intimate Page,” Portrait Society, Milwaukee — November 13-January 4, 2010

Wisconsin Arts Board Lobby, Madison — April-May 2009

Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery Night with Chicago Collectors, Milwaukee — July 24-25, 2009

Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee — Jan. 16-Feb. 8, 2009

“Artworks,” Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery Night & Day @ Harambee, Milwaukee — Oct. 16,2009; Jan. 16, 2009

Milwaukee Times Newspaper Black Excellence Awards Dinner, Ayzha Fine Arts Presents Fine Art, Milwaukee -- February 2009; ‘08

Wisconsin Visual Artists (WVA) Juried “Issues Drawing & Print Show,” Walker’s Point Center for the Arts -- Jan. 16-Feb. 28, 2009

WVA “Portraits,” Northwestern Mutual Gallery, Cardinal Stritch -- Sept. -- Oct 2008

“Womanly Ways,” Gallery Grand, featured artist, 604 N. Water St., Milwaukee -- July 25-Sept. 30, 2008

“Bare V,” DeLind Gallery, Milwaukee -- Jan.-Feb. 2008

“Art-Ology,” Ayzha Fine Arts Milwaukee -- May 24, 2008

WPS Prints & Drawings, Ozaukee Art Center -- February 2008

ABEA Invitational, “Relationships and Love,” Walkers Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee -- Jan. 21-Feb. 28, 2008

Museum of Wisconsin Art Member’s Show, West Bend, WI -- 2007-08

WVA Juried “Time” Exhibition, Steenbock Gallery, Madison, WI — July-Sept. 2007

Museum of Wisconsin Art, Juried WVA Show – West Bend, WI -- May 23-July 15, 2007

Milwaukee Underground Film Festival Fine Art Invitational, Walker’s Point Center for Arts Gallery -- May 2007

Kiefert Portrait Exhibition, Reuss Federal Plaza, Milwaukee -- January-Feb. 2007

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, “Utopia,” Sheboygan, WI. -- June-September 2006

Annual Niagara Frontier Juried Art Exhibit, Kenan Center Gallery. Lockport, NY — May 2004

Collectors’ Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY -- 2000-04

Welland Gallery of Ideas “Real Art Horse Show,” Ont., Can. -- April 2004

College Street Gallery, Buffalo, NY – Gallery Night -- May 2004; May ‘03

Stuyvesant Gallery, Buffalo, NY -- January-July 2004

Art Dialogue Regional Juried Fine Art Show, Buffalo, NY -- August 2003

Featured by:

Milwaukee Artist Pocket Collection, Premiere Edition, April 2011 hardcopy; Facebook publication -- May 2011

Artist Talk, Alverno College Art & Culture Gallery, Milwaukee -- October 2011

The Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression: Woman with Dog -- January 2011

Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI -- October 10, 2010 host.madison.com/entertainment/arts_and_theatre/visual/article_64a4c80c-d304-11df-af23-001cc4c03286.html

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel -- August 14, 2010

www.delindgallery.com/website/index.php?section=43

blogs.jsonline.com/artcity/archive/2007/09/27/mental-illness-campaign.aspx

www.shepherd-express.com/editorialbody.lasso?-token.folder=2007-02-01&-token story=176298.113121&-token.subpub=

Riverwest Currents -- April 2009;January 2006, Milwaukee

Milwaukee ArtBeat, talk show at Hide House -- April 3, 2009

“Creative Forces TV” organizer/host; produced & sponsored by Milwaukee Access Telecommunications Authority, channels 14/96 -- May 2008; replaying now and then and always at www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/PeaceOfMind/CreativeForcesTVShow

“Put Your Money Where Your Mind Is Mental Health Awareness Campaign,” signature image for tail signs on Milwaukee and Chicago buses, partnering with Clear Channel Outdoor and Titan Worldwide -- 2007-09

Art In Wisconsin, September/October 2008; November/December 2007; 2006; September/October 2007; www.ArtInWisconsin.com -- September-December 2007

Washington Park Beat, featured Jan-Feb and April/May 2007, Milwaukee

Shepherd Express, February 1, 2007; Shepherd Express, January 5, 2006, Milwaukee

Capital Times, June 6, 2005, Madison, Wisconsin

ArtVoice, 5.13.04; 10.9.03; 10.23.96, Western New York/Ontario, Canada

Pulse Niagara, Ontario, Canada, 4.22.04

The Buffalo News 2.3.04; 4.13.03; 4.9.01; 5.28.96, Buffalo, NY

Buffalo Spree Magazine, April-May 2003

ArtScope! National Telly Award-Winning local talk show, March-April 2004; June 2003

By the People talk show, CBS affiliate, February 2003

ArtViews local talk show, March 2002


“Your paintings, images and colors really grip, not only events but pungent sweat and gruel integrity right to the bone. Gifts all of them.”
---Laura Priebe, artist 2017

“Paintings by Patricia Obletz are strong, interesting, fresh and new.”
--Carrie Ann Seymour, Milwaukee Artist Pocket Collection, Curator of Digital Images, October 13, 2010

“For Milwaukee artist Patricia Obletz, color is an inspiration and a catalyst.

“Her paintings, saturated with bold, primary hues, capture people in motion, almost as though the subjects were creating the colors themselves.”
--Lindsay Christians, Arts Reporter, Wisconsin State Journal, Sunday, October 10, 2010

“From great doodles to monumental paintings.”
--Evelyn Patricia Terry, MFA, Visual Artist, September 29, 2010

“Samara Studios represents a long list of local artists, including accomplished favorites such as Patricia Obletz, Tim Decker and John Sayers.”
-- Mary Louise Schumacher, Art Critic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 14, 2010

“Patricia Obletz’ art is a bracingly buzzing expressive mode that rides on her human creativity and electricity rather than a plug mechanically sucking from an AC outlet. (Her work) helps us to rediscover our humane, life-affirming energy in an electro-gizmo fixated age that may kill us off as we text ourselves to death behind the steering wheels of our self-created four wheel coffins.“
-- Kevin Lynch, Pulitzer-nominated arts writer, September 30, 2009


“The Impossible Teapots by Patricia Obletz are vibrant and don’t follow the rules of teapot designs -- the spouts curve and bend to the side, over the top of the pot, or under, providing a strong and playful sense of animate objects.”
-- Melanie Hupfer, Riverwest Currents, April 2009

"I never tire of my brilliant painting, Through the Woods, by Patricia Obletz. It is an endless maze in an atmosphere of tension, beauty and mystery that is a little bit frightening. Her art is compelling and can have a dark side. Always interesting, it resonates with truth.”
--Mike Nussbaum, Chicago, stage and screen actor, June 2008

“In Tandem Theatre’s production of Equus has . . . some good eye candy in the lobby . . . a series of horse paintings by artist Patricia Obletz . . . I was immediately put into some kind of equestrian trance . . . ”
--Jonathan West, “Artsy Schmartsy,” mkeonline.com, March 30, 2007

”Haunting.”
-- Lisa Kaiser, Shepherd Express, Feb. 1, 2007

”Obletz’ somewhat abstract ‘Origins 2004' hints at haystacks with a Monet-like splendor...“
-- Kevin Lynch, Capital Times, June 15, 2005

“Obletz’ work is unmistakably unique for its extreme, vibrant color play . . . (the) odd colors of Piet Mondrian’s pre-geometric paintings and the thick, painterly texture of Jackson Pollock that she applies to subjects like landscape and horses make her work unique.”
--Jenny Santomauro, art reporter, ArtVoice May13, 2004

“Obletz’ oil paintings range in subject from vast landscapes to portraiture to horse worship. In a modern-Seurat petit point style . . . non-traditional . . . oil stick paintings, particularly ‘The Red Horse,’ are thick and sculptural . . . “
--Jenny Santomauro, ArtVoice, October 9, 2003

“Patricia Obletz uses oil and oil sticks to striking effect.”
--Joanna Manning, Pulse Niagara, Ontario, Canada, April 22, 2004

“Short List: 19 artists mentioned by more than one collector.”
--Cynni Gaasch, ArtVoice Oct. 9, 2003

“Obletz’ art is so strong I can hear it communicate.”
-- Susan Scholterer, director, Buffalo-Niagara Cultural Tourism Bureau, July 2003


Artist Statement 2016


As a colorist, I paint what I cannot photograph, translating external/internal complexities into layers of random colors in spontaneous markings on canvas, paper, wood or cardboard. I was five when drawing and painting became my first holy communion, and my religion; my first painting lesson with a local fine artist.

Be my subjects flesh, land, water, air, imagination or abstraction, viewers and collectors often speak of the spirit in each. This universal connection makes my art priceless to me.

Color inspires my compositions and drives their energy, movement and depth. Oils in a stick, tube and pastel colors stroke shapes and textures on paper and canvas, rendering social, political and cultural issues, portraits of nature and existence.
Each work is unpremeditated and begins with random marks dictated by my heart and spirit in streams of consciousness, where self-awareness disappears in solitary acts of creation, where God is.

The first three colors are chance selections that dictate the palette. Each new layer of color urges evolution, until one subject dominates the whole, exciting me with its unexpected presence and the challenge of its development. Many of my subjects are first discovered by others.

What influences my work goes beyond art school and art history courses to current events and the rhythms of classical and contemporary music, Mahler to Dylan to McFerrin to Sheeran. Unintentional colors commingle, sometimes change the work’s direction.

Art museum and gallery travels across America to Hawaii, Europe and Russia connect me to past and present art worlds.

Some of my drawings and paintings advocate for justice, raising awareness of spiritual freedom that art and education create. These are the priceless components of my passion to paint in black and white and color.




Critically Acclaimed Art by Colorist Patricia Obletz