Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Pat De Caro has lived in the Northwest since 1980. Originally from Philadelphia, she attended the Fleischer Art Memorial School as a child; she received early recognition in the Gimbels City wide Young Artists Exhibit by the time she was sixteen. Among the awards Pat De Caro has received are the John Hauberg Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy, a Ford Foundation Grant, and residencies at Mac Dowell Colony. Her work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows here on the West Coast as well as in Europe, and is included in the collections of the Northwest Museum of Art, Seattle Arts Commission, and the Pilchuck School of Glass.

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From the Artist

I want to express my appreciation to Artist Trust as I feel very honored to join the fabulous artists who have received the Twining Humber Award. My gratitude goes to the nominator, Kathleen Fruge-Brown,  and also Jake Seniuk for his additional support. I am so fortunate to have had people come into my life just at the right moment who offered encouragement or wisdom.

My first language was drawing but I thought it was just a way to be in the world- looking and thinking and reflecting. I had other passions that competed for my attention such as modern dance,  to mention one. It was a big choice deciding which direction. Painting turned my head and became the real thing since I was twenty. Today, I’ve also expanded into other media; the immediacy of drawing, however, continues an important role in my art making.

My work has evolved reflecting various experiences, some of those being artist residencies and travel abroad. Intense working situations and stimulating conversations are transformative periods. Changing light and other studio conditions have been influential as well. Seeing the masters in European museums that still look fresh coupled with the most contemporary art continues to broaden my education. All has informed my work to try different approaches while still being authentic. The Twining Humber Award comes at the right time so I can finish some projects and be just that.

Pat De Caro