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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Patricia Jane St. John Danko (XX-XXI th) was born in Orange, Texas. As a child, she played in the swamps and marshlands of southeast Texas, where she received a Catholic school education that continued through her first undergraduate degree.  
 
The rural closeness to nature and parochial schooling of her childhood, and later years spent living in Mexico and South America, are reflected in her work, which raises penetrating questions about the validity of contemporary religious orthodoxy, its influence on western culture and thought, and the pagan roots of Judeo-Christian mythologies.  

Her work explores the most personal, yet universal, of human issues, those not easily articulated, but clearly existing in memory, instantly, and often disturbingly, intuited and recognized by the viewer.  

Ms. St. John Danko is also known for her art therapeutic projects with the inner city youth of Houston.  In addition, she has conducted many community outreach workshops for children, including those she created for the Orange Show Foundation, Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Zoo, the Gregory-Lincoln Education Center, and the Galveston Mardi Gras "Running of the Calves" Munchkins Parade.  Her art therapeutic work with children is documented as part of the PBS television production, "The Orange Show Concert Series for Children."  

Her complete biography can be found in Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in the Southwest, and Who's Who in the World.  Consult the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature for reviews, criticisms, and additional writings.

Education:
St. Mary's High School, Orange, Texas; Valedictorian  
Universidad Ibero-Americana, Mexico, D.F., Anthropology  
B.A., Dominican College, Houston, Texas, Linguistics & Philology; Salutatorian  
Michigan State University - graduate studies  
Atelier Zarate, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Intaglio & Serigraphy  
B.F.A., University of Houston, Texas, Printmaking  
M.Ed., University of Houston, Texas, Multicultural & Second Language Education

Selected Grants & Awards:
1998-99 Young Audiences of Houston - residency programs
1998-99 Caminos Bilingues al Futuro Title VII Project Grant: "Chicks on the Wire"
1996  Hispanic Resource Center - Project Grant: "Dia de los Muertos: Ofrenda para los Heroes"
 1995-96 Houston Education Excellence Foundation - Project Grant: "Bilingual Skills Fair/Feria Bilingue de Habilidades"
 1994-95 Houston Education Excellence Foundation - Project Grant: "Mayan Math/La Matematica Maya"
 1993-94 Houston Education Excellence Foundation - Project Grant: "Go with the Flow/Andar con el Flujo"
 1992-93 Houston Education Excellence Foundation - Project Grant: "Chronology Capers/Las Cabriolas Cronologicas"
 1990-91 Houston Business Committee for Educational Excellence - Project Grant: "Conversations with Death/Platicas con la Muerte"
 1991-92 I Have a Dream Foundation - endowed chair, development of bilingual programs for at-risk youth
 1990-92 University of Houston Multicultural Studies Title VII Graduate Studies Grant
 1990-91 Friends of Lamar Foundation - Project Grant: "Like You/Como Tu" (based on the poem, "Como Tu," by Salvadorean poet Roque Dalton
 1989-90 Impact II Developer Grant, Exxon Corp. - Project Grant: "Because of Columbus"
 1988 Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation - Studio Assistance Grant
1987 Ruth Chenven Foundation - Studio Project Grant: "Unmasking a Soul"
1987 Change, Inc. - Studio Assistance Grant  
1986 Almeda Project for the Arts - Prize: "Maiting for Mimi"
1982 SUM Arts - Studio Project Grant: "The Matriarch as Phoenix"
1979 The Art League of Houton - Drawing Prize  
1978 Assistance League of Houston - Prize: Mixed Media Assemblage
1970 Outstanding Young Women of America - Awards Program
1968 Presidential Commendation, Lyndon B. Johnson - Peace Corps Service, Chile
1961-65 Jesse H. Jones Foundation Fellowship  
1961-65 Dominican Order Scholarship

Selected Public Collections:
Chapel of St. Basil, University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas  
Women's Studio Workshop, Kingston, N.Y.  
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.  
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee  
The New York Feminist Art Institute, N.Y.C.  
Several Dancers Core School, Atlanta, Georgia  
Chomo-Uri Collective, University of Massachusetts  
Southwest Family Institute, Houston, Texas  
 
Selected Exhibitions:
1999 Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, N.J., - "National Print Exhibition"
1997-99 Blossom Street Gallery, Houston
1997 Elite Gallery, Moscow, Russia
1997 Diverse Works, Houson, "The AARP Exhibition"  
1996 Commander's Point Artspace, Austin, Texas
1996 Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas
1996 Transco Tower, Houston, Texas, "Cerling Etching Studio: The First Five
Years"
 1996 Women's Studio Workshop, Kingston, N.Y., "Women/Violence:Testimony &
Empathy"
 1996 Buffalo Bayou Art Park, Houston, Texas, "FotoFest: Fotofield"
1990-99 Lawndale Art and Performance Center, Houston, Texas, "Retablos"
1995 Global Focus: Women in Art and Culture, Beijing, China
1992-94 Robinson Galleries, Houston, Texas
1994 Lesikar Gallery, Houston, Texas, "Songs of Experience"
1991 The Houston Symphony at Nieman-Marcus, "Les Masques Fantastiques"
1990-94 REF Studios, Houston, Texas
1990 Alternative Museum, New York, N.Y., "The Homeless"
1990 Commerce Street Warehouse Gallery, Houston, "When Giants Fall"
1990 Blue Star Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, "64 Beds Project for the Homeless"
1990 Carnegie Branch Library, Houston
1989 Alternative Museum, New York, N.Y., "Los Angelitos"
1989 Museo Regional de Patzcuaro, Mexico, "Influencias"
1989 Casa de Cultura Arcada Mayor, Morelia, Mexico, "Influencias"
1989 Houston Decorative Center, "Art Against AIDS"
1988 Alternative Museum, New York, N.Y., "Dia de los Muertos"
1988 Diverse Works, Houston, Texas, "Rejected"
1988 OnWaugh Gallery, "Urban Voodoo"
1988 Little Egypt Enterprises, "Masks"
1988 Ceres Gallery, New York, N.Y., "A Matter of Spirit"
1987 Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, "Delta Art Exhibition"
1987 Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, N.J., "National Print Exhibition"
1987 Ben Shahn Gallery, William Patterson College, Wayne, N.J.
1987 Wallingford Art Center, Wallingford, Pennsylvania
1987 Newark Art Library, Newark, N.J.
1987 Lawndale Art and Performance Center, "The East End Show"
1987 Ceres Art Gallery, New York, N.Y., "The Political Is Personal"
1987 Spirit Square Center for the Arts, Charlotte, N.C.
1987 Richland College, Dallas, Texas
1986 Toni Jones Gallery, Houston, Texas
1986 Maryland College of Art and Design
1986 Black Mountain College, Buffalo, N.Y.
1985 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA.
1985 University of Houston, "Then, Now...and Then: Fifty Years of U. of H. Art"
1985 U.N. Conference on Women, Nairobi, Kenya, "An American Album"
1985 Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas
1984 University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas, "Performance Masks by P.J. St.
John Danko"
 1983 Midtown Art Center, Houston, "Salute to Houston Artists"
1983 Almeda Project for the Arts and Performance, "Erotica"
1983 Lawndale Alternative, University of Houston, "Thanatopsis" (Installation)
1982 The Wing Gallery, Los Angeles, California, "Animal Masks, Real and
Imagined"
 1982 Lawndale Alternative, University of Houston
1982 Texas Commerce Tower, "Dimension: Houston"
1982 Midtown Art Center, Houston
1981 Main Gallery, Houston (three-person exhibition)
1981 Little Egypt Enterprises, Houston, "Masks"
1981 Galveston Art Center, Galveston, Texas, "ArtScene Invitational Exhibition"
1980 O'Kane Gallery, University of Houston Downtown (two person exhibition)
1980 Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
1980 University of Houston at Clear Lake City, "Celebrating Judy Chicago's
Dinner Party"
1979 Alfred C. Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, "Kites"
1979 Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas, "ArtScene Invitational"
1979 Lawndale Art Annex, University of Houston, "Pow-Wow"
1979 Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas, invitational group exhibition
1979 Houston Public Library, Downtown Branch
1978 The Art League of Houston, "Paper Products"
1977 Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin, Texas, "Regional Citation Exhibition"
1977 The Alley Theater, Houston, Texas, "Women: Art: Houston"
1977 Albert Thomas Convention Center, "International Women's Year Conference"
 

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