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Patti Warashina

County: King County




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Patti Warashina was born in 1940 in Spokane, WA. She earned her BFA and MFA from UW in Seattle (1962,1964); and taught 30 years. Her awards include: 2012 Watershed Legends Award, 2012 UW Timeless Award, 2009 Regis Masters; 2008 Voulkos Fellow; 1994 American Craft “Council of Fellows”; and a “Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2003” from UW, Seattle. Her personal “lifetime” papers and “oral history” have been collected by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute. She has commissioned awards  from King County and Seattle Arts Commission, and received a “Commendation from  the Governor of Washington State.”

Patti received a 2013 GAP to present an exhibition at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University in April 2014. The title of the exhibition is Observations of Time and Space. Based on this theme, she has conceived using three large walls to hang individual works, which make use of planetary or lunar shapes. Utilizing iconic cross-cultural planetary imagery, she intends to create a visual dialogue to bring about a much needed understanding between our countries.

Artist’s Addenda: Patti was named 2008 PONCHO Artist of the Year, plus won the 2008 PONCHO Artistic Merit Award. She also received the 2002 Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

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