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Lived/Active: North Carolina/Georgia      Known for: wilderness, landscape painting

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Janice Capps Patterson (1938-2003)

Her family moved from Winston-Salem, NC to a small town in GA when she was 4 and lived in a hotel on Courthouse Square.  She found a piano in the basement and began to bang out chords every day.  She was never able to write the music she composed but with help from Dr. Tony Vaglio from Meredith College, her compositions were written down.  Although music was always in her heart, she painted for the love of nature.

She painted nature, wilderness and landscapes.  Her paintings were "realist" paintings, but sometimes her work was referred to as "Pre-Raphaelite" in support letters from colleagues for grants.  She mostly used acrylic, but also enjoyed pointillism, pastels, charcoal and block printing.  She studied art under Peter Kahn and Arnold Singer at Cornell, the Institute Voleau in Philidelphia, at NC State and Meredith College.

Letters supporting her work refer to a person who held no doubt, and whose work was alive and pure. She truly loved nature and relished in being able to capture its beauty and preserve its wilderness.  Her soul ached at the notion that human behavior could destroy living creatures without much thought. But she never went about preaching this to anyone. She had gentle ways of encouraging children to think about the fact that once the ant was squished, we could never recreate it if we tried.   She was most often referring to her "bug's eye view". She spent a lot of time seeing things from the ground up and her observations of nature inspired her work. The "weedpatch" to others was a haven for wildlife to her.  

It's apparent that she was clearly in the midst of many projects when she passed (in addition to the things she shared with her children).  At age 64, she was teaching elementary school art, getting a second masters degree in the evening, working on a list of commissioned paintings, working on an environmental drama for children, writing new songs (found ASCAP paperwork), being invited to exhibit her work all while being an incredible mom.  Surely she had more plans, but the body of work she left behind will carry on her legacy.  The published three books, "Springs of Life", "Raspberry Tickles", and "Carolina Ditchbanks" and "Aubade" is a handbell piece she composed which is favored among her musical compositions.

Needham B. Broughton High School, Raleigh, North Carolina.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina.
Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina, B.S. Degree.
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Peter Kahn (brother of Wolfe Kahn and former student of Hans Hoffmann) and Arnold Singer.
Institute Voleu, Philidelphia, Pennsylvania, Eleanor Hubbard (Student of Luis Camnitzer at the New York Graphic Workshop.  Luis Camnitzer was printmaker of Salvador Dali and Picasso).
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, etching and blockprinting from Annette Marsland (Annual student with Luis Camnitzer in Italy).
Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina, George Chrest, former student of Luis Camnitzer.
University of New York, Cortland, New York, M.A. Degree.

1967  Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, "Best of the Year Exhibition."  Juried by Peter Kahn (brother of Wolfe Kahn and former student of Hans Hoffman.)

1974  Durham Fine Arts Exhibition, Second Place Award, Durham, North Carolina.

1975  North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina.  Three jurors for the Collector's Gallery.  Moussa Domit, Curator of the North Carolina Museum of Art wanted to buy Tharp's Honeysuckle for the permanent collection of the museum but it was already sold.

1975  Raleigh Fine Arts Society Juror's Choice Award.

1975  North Carolina Museum of Art Artist's Exhibition, Purchase Award.

1976  Raleigh Fine Arts Society Two Artist's Exhibit.

1976  North Carolina Artist's Exhibition, Circulating Exhibit, North Carolina Museum of Art.  Jurors: Lawrence Alloway, former director of the Institute of Contemperary Art in London, and curator with the Guggenheim Museum, Edward B. Henning, curator of modern art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Roy Slade, Dean of the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C., and in 1972, director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.  Thirteen paintings were juried for the circulating exhibition.

1978  Carrboro Art School Exhibition, Carrboro, North Carolina.

1978  Women of Wake Exhibit, etching entitled Vineyard, juried by Mackey Bane, Curator of Exhibitions, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, N.C.

1979  Weatherspoon Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Juried for permanent collection.

1979  One woman exhibit, Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Johnson Rotunda).

1982  Serigraph juried for permanent French print collection at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France.

1983  The Raleigh Fine Arts Society Exhibit.  Cash Award.  Juried by Dr. Lee Hall, Senior Vice President and Director of the Office of Arts and Communications within the Academy for Educational Development in New York City.

1983  First Regional Juried Art Exhibition (Southeastern States) Juror, Patterson Sims, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection of Whitney Museum of American Art.  Exhibit held at the Spartanburg Arts Center, Spartanburg, South Carolina.

1987  Municipal Building Art Exhibition Series, Raleigh, North Carolina.  One artist exhibition.  Juried by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and Beverly Ayscue.

1987  One woman exhibit, Queen's College, Charlotte, North Carolina.  E.H. Little Art Gallery, juried by Rick Crown, November 1987.

1987  Magazine Cover, Meredith College Magazine, Raleigh, North Carolina.

1987  "EVENINGS" Channel 5, WRAL-TV, Raleigh, North Carolina.

1987  Documentary, Noon News, Channel 7, WITN-TV, Washington, North Carolina.

1988  November-December Year End Magazine Covers, Appalachian Trailway News, Volume 49, Number 5.

1989  One woman exhibit, Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Johnson Hall Rotunda).

1989  WTVD-TV, Channel 11, Durham, North Carolina, Don Ross filmed Meredith College exhibit.  The was publicized widely and rerun as an Encore Done Ross in 1991.

1989  Janice Patterson's music composition "Aubade" was performed by the Tintinnabulators, Hand Bell Ringers before a "by invitation only" audience on December 26 in the White House, Washington, D.C.  It was also performed in the National Hand Bell festival.

1990  One Woman Exhibit.  Lighthouse Gallery, Tequesta, Florida.

1990  One Woman Exhibit.  First National Bank in Palm Beach, Florida.

1990  One Woman Exhibit.  Lost Tree, North Palm Beach, Florida.

1990  Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida, Workshop.

1990  Television Interviews: Channel 12, West Palm Beach, Florida with Gary Tuckmann, CBS at the time.  Channel 5, West Palm Beach, Florida with Kelly Dunn.

Television Documentary: Channel 2, PBS, Panorama Public Television Documentary, Miami.

1990  Miro Gallery, Via Mizner, Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, Florida.

1990  Professional Arts Committee, Palm Beach County Council of the Arts.

1991  January 28, Slide Presentation and exhibit at the Gold Room, The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida.

1991  February and March, American Artist's Magazine.

1991  Taught Master Artist Workshop, March 18-23 at the Armory Art Center.

1991  Lecture and Slides, Wellington Art Society, Wellington, Florida.

1992  Artist in Residence, Palm Beach County Council of the Arts.

1992  Norton Artist Guild Exhibition, West Palm Beach, Florida.

1992  Chefs-d'oeuvre de l'estampe du XXe siècle, De Bonnard a Baselitz, Galeries Mansart et Mazanne, Paris 2e

1993  10 Female Artists of South Florida, Northwood Institute, West Palm Beach, Florida.

1993  Emerging Artist Grant, City of Raleigh Arts Commission.

1995  Exhibition and Documentary, Channel 4, WUNC-TV, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

1995-1998  National Popular Music Award, ASCAP, Nashville, Tennessee.

1996  Won a $2500 grant for writing a musical drama with environmental theme for all ages.

ASCAP member

Her experience is still being compiled from 1996 and on.

Information provided by Patricia Patterson Haak, daughter of Janice Capps Patterson. 

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