Pat Duff

Artist

Contact Information

333 Midland
Highland Park, MI 48203
313-268-7737
PatDuff62@hotmail.com

Artist Statement

I choose to exclude no part of life and feel that the lowest vulgarity, poverty, and obscenity is the stuff of life which is the most real. It is a common error to suppose that beauty can be brought about in art only through the representation of beautiful things or through the use of obviously pleasing shapes. Objects, actions, or mere shapes, which in ordinary life would be unbearably repellent, can become sources of pleasure in art, not because they have a morbid appeal but because they allow us to come to terms, in art, with the horrors and the pains which would overwhelm us in real life. Without the contrast of ugliness, beauty would be insipid. Ugliness is part of the conflict resolved through art with harmony.

Currently I am working on a series relating to the tragedy of Alzheimer’s, which has affected me immensely because my husband passed away from it recently.

About the Artist

I’m a Detroit-based artist specializing in nudes and landscapes. I draw working primarily in pastels and charcoal.

Exhibitions 2020

  • “Plus One”, 333 Midland, Detroit, MI Nov. 2020
  • Grosse Pointe Artists Association, Grosse Pointe, MI Oct. 2020 2nd Prize
  • Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale, MI Sep. 2020
  • Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI Mar. & Sep. 2020
  • “Emerge Festival”, Hannan Center, Detroit, MI 2020
  • Detroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptors, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Sep. 2020
  • University of Michigan Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI Mar. 2020
  • Detroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptors, Black Box Gallery, Dearborn, MI Mar. 2020
  • Costick Center, Farmington Hills, MI Feb. 2020
  • “Body Eclectic”, Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale, MI Feb. 2020
  • “Small Works”, Detroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptors, Costick Center, Farmington Hills, MI Feb. 2020
  • “Ode to Planet”, Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe, MI Feb. 2020
  • Artist Talk, Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe, MI Jan. 2020
  • “Dirty Show” Feb. 2020
  • University of Michigan Medical Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI Jan. 2020
  • “Best of the Best”, Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale, MI Jan. 2020

Selected Exhibitions—Prior Years

  • Talk: “Alzheimer’s”, Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe, MI Dec. 2019
  • “Think Small”, Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale, MI Dec. 2019
  • “Heart”, Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe, MI Nov. 2019
  • “Gold Medal Exhibition”, The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI 2011-2013, 2019
  • N.C.A. Auction, Detroit, MI Oct. 2019
  • Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe, MI Oct. 2019
  • Swords Into Plowshares, Detroit, MI Oct. 2019
  • “Damned Show”, Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI Oct. 2019
  • Art Olympia International Competition, Tokyo, Japan Jun. 2019 Honorable Mention
  • Arts Appreciation Award, Highland Park Business Association 2019
  • Michigan Fine Art Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI 2018 Second Prize
  • “Twisted Storytellers” Talk 2018
  • One Person Show, Affirmations Gallery, Ferndale, MI 2011
  • “Our Town Show”, The Community House, Birmingham, MI 2011
  • “Alumni Exhibition”, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2007-2013

Education

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Mercy College, Detroit, MI 1964
  • Master of Fine Arts, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1966
  • Print Making Classes, Wayne State University 1983-1990
  • Print Making Classes, Center for Creative Studies 1990-1993
  • Encaustic Workshop with Candace Law 2014

Experience

  • Owner & Operator, Byron’s Flowers, Detroit, MI 1969-Present
  • Drawing Instructor, Macomb Community College, Mount Clemens, MI 1966-69, 1982-85, 1992
  • Drawing Instructor, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI 1986
  • Drawing Instructor, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 1969-75