Patricia Moss-Vreeland

Patricia Moss-Vreeland explores memory as a meditation on who we are. Her paintings, drawings, prints, mixed media collages, and artist books evoke an awakening of feelings, experiences, and imagery embedded in our everyday memories, probing the unexplored territory where art and science meet.

Incorporating close to two decades of research into the functioning of the human brain and the construction of memory, Moss-Vreeland’s work was hailed by the Baltimore Sun as “an invitation to think differently” about memory and the creative process. She works in a range of diverse media and genres, incorporating poetry at times to suggest the ways that language and memory are intertwined. Her visual compositions are metaphoric narratives, designed to slow us down, inviting close observation and reflection. Representing both the natural world and the rhythms and patterns of our brains at work, they create a sensory universe pulsing with connections.

Moss-Vreeland has always approached her art with a multi-disciplinary perspective, and believes in the promise of sharing different forms of knowledge about our place in this world. She recently expanded her artistic practice to include workshops, presentations, residencies, collaborative public participatory events, and wrote and designed the artist’s book, A Place for Memory: Where Art and Science Meet.

Patricia Moss-Vreeland’s paintings, drawings, and mixed-media works have been exhibited nationally at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Her art resides in many permanent collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and The Norton Museum. She exhibited her work at the Locks Gallery in Philadelphia for two decades. Moss-Vreeland was selected through a national competition to design the Memorial Room for the Holocaust Museum Houston. In 1997, this permanent installation earned four awards, including the American Institute of Architects Honor Award in Design, and the Spectrum International Award in Design. Moss-Vreeland went on to receive the Art-in-Science XIV Millennial commission for a traveling exhibition, Memory-Connections Matter, at the Esther Klein Gallery, University City Science Center, Philadelphia. At the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, the exhibition was the central focus for the Fields of Mind Conference, featuring Moss-Vreeland as a keynote speaker.

Moss-Vreeland's work was included in The New York Hall of Science, Walter.O.Lecroy Gallery, Science Inspires Art: The Brain, 2015, and was invited to have the Solo Exhibition and talk, A Parallel Universe, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, April 2016, for their 25th Anniversary of Neuroscience. She was interviewed for the Interalia Magazine's Memory Networks Issue, September-October 2016. In 2017, was invited to have a Solo Exhibition: Revelations and Transformation, Layers of Memory, at the Penn Memory Center, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. She is a TedX speaker, May 2015.
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