Archive of Author | Patricia Moss-Vreeland

Patricia Moss-Vreeland’s paintings, drawings and mixed-media works are exhibited nationally at institutions that include 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. Later after winning a national competition, Moss-Vreeland designed the Memorial Room for the Holocaust Museum Houston. 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 Memory-Connections Matter, at the Esther Klein Gallery, University City Science Center, Philadelphia, that incorporated her poetry and art, illuminating the relationship between memory, creativity and learning. A traveling exhibition, it went on to the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul as the central focus for the Fields of Mind Conference, for which she and her neuroscience advisor, Dr. Barbara Malamut, were the keynote speakers. This work led to her designing and writing her recent book, A Place for Memory: Where Art and Science Meet. The book combines images of Moss-Vreeland’s art, her poetry and lyrical text, created to inform and connect with each reader, exploring the connections between memory, creativity. brain function, and learning.

Moss-Vreeland expanded her artistic practice to workshops, lectures, residencies and collaborative public participatory events. She has been a Presenter for the last two years at DesignPhiladelphia events, and has curated a Community Table in partnership with the Monell Chemical Senses Center, at the Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, on her work with memory and our senses. She has been invited to present her work at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of the Arts, 2015-16.

Her artwork was featured this past year in a New York exhibition Science Inspires Art: The Brain, at Walter O. Lecroy Gallery of the New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows, NY, October 10 – March 29, 2015; Works on Paper: Survey of Purchase Prizes 1978-2009 at Arcadia University, Glenside, PA, February 10- March 15, 2015, and PII Gallery, The Nature of Time and Place, guest curated thematic group exhibition, Philadelphia, May 2015.

Patricia Moss-Vreeland is a TEDx speaker, May 17, 2015. Her work was part of a traveling Exhibition, In-Formed Artist, Atelier Aperto Venezia Viva Gallery, Venice, Italy, and Associazione Internazionale Incisori, Rome, Italy, spring, 2016. She was invited to have a solo exhibition and talk at Trinity College, CT, for their 25th Anniversary of Neuroscience; The Brain Event, April 2016.

Moss-Vreeland returned from a grant funded artist residency at CAMAC, Centre d’art Marnay Art Centre, September 2015, with open studio tour and exhibition, and a fellowship supported residency in Italy in October 2015, where she is invited back in spring 2016.

Articles with Patricia Moss-Vreeland

Memory-Connections Matter

“When we examine memory, there’s the potential to understand our own individual experience more fully, to see who we are – and at the same time find points of connections with others. Memory only holds truth for us in a context.”

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.

In this exclusive interview she discusses the role of memory in her work .