Patricia Zinsmeister Parker

"Many years ago I came across a book written by the American sculptor, David Smith. The book was in essence a list all of the influences on his work and to my surprise, they were not earthshaking or profound but rather consisted of mundane minutia  like the pattern of leftover fish bones after a meal of cod and the  way grass shimmers in the sun after a rain storm.  I responded to his observations with a sense of simpatico because I  share this same aesthetic, that beauty is pervasive and may be discovered in the most commonplace objects in the most unremarkable of places."


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Represented by the Bonfoey Gallery, Harris Stanton Gallery, and Sweet Art Gallery, Naples, FL.

Education - Teaching Experience
1973 - B.F.A. Degree in Painting, Kent State University, Kent, OH
1975 - M.A. Degree, Kent State University
1981 - M.F.A. Degree, Kent State University 
1978 – 2000 - Adjunct Professor, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio)
2001 - 2008 Instituto de Allende, Mexico Independent study
2009 - University of Akron, independent study (printmaking)

Collections - Corporate and Private
Toby Lewis, Cleveland
The Boston Group Investment Banking, Beverly Hills, CA
Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Baker & McKenzie Law Firm, Chicago
Robert Domenico, Beverly Hills, CA
Gloria Getty, San Francisco
Ann Gund, Cambridge, MA
Jules Belkin, Belkin Productions, Cleveland
Sheree Abrahms, Palm Beach, FL
James Rogers, Sarasota, FL
Joan Rich, Cleveland
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan and Aronoff Law Firm, Cleveland
Jones Day, Reaves & Pogue Law Firm, Cleveland
Squires, Sanders, Dempsey Law Firm, Cleveland
Hahn, Loeser & Parks Law Firm, Cleveland
Dennis and Marcia Sobol, Cleveland
Cleveland Clinic Foundation  Art Collection, Cleveland  
Jeffrey and Gabrielle Strean, Cleveland  
Dr. Arthur Newman, Cleveland
Wych and Deborah Howland, Canton, OH
Arthur and Joan Heuer, Cleveland
Richard and Renee Zellner, Cleveland
William Mullane, Youngstown, OH
Artist Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.  
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, George S. Dively Building, Cleveland
Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH
City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland                                                                
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Cleveland Food Bank, Cleveland
British Petroleum America, Cleveland
First American Title Company, Cleveland
Kaiser Permanente Corporation, Cleveland
United National Bank, Canton, OH
Forest City Enterprises Corporate Art Collection, Cleveland
Ritz Carlton Corporation, Cleveland
Howard and Rita Freedman, Cleveland
Mark and Nancy Moran, Cleveland
Dr. and Mrs. Frank Plotkin, Cleveland
Kathy Lavin, Palm Beach, FL
Scott Trenton and Robert Lucas, Canton, OH
Lee Heinen, Cleveland
Meg Harris, Akron Ohio
Greg Malin, Cleveland
Corporate College, Cleveland
Dr. Alex Rotta, Cleveland

Selected Solo Exhibitions and Awards
• Intown Club, Solo Exhibition of Paintings, Cleveland 2014
• Shaker Historical  Society, Solo Exhibition, "Parker’s Playground"   2014
• Baldwin Wallace College, 52 Weeks / 52 Works Desk Calendar Show 2013
• AAWR, Art Interprets Autism Exhibition   2013
• WomanVI, Celebration of Women’s History Month: Created by women, of women and about women, curated by Mary Urbas, Lakeland Community College, Kirtland OH 2013
• MGNE, Monotype Guild of New England, 3rd National Invitational Exhibition, Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College, Wenham, MA  2013
• AGC 52 Weeks / 52 works, showcasing local talent, calendar 2013
• Abstract Allure, Kent State University at Stark, two-person exhibition 2012
• Painting in the Dark, Kent State University, Downtown Gallery, Solo Exhibition of paintings on canvas Catalog 2012
• Women in Aprons, Zygote Press Gallery, two-person exhibition, Cleveland 2011
• Director’s Choice, A Celebration of Women in the Arts, Canton Museum of Art, exhibition catalog 2011
• Introspection, two-person exhibition, Harris Stanton Gallery, Akron, OH 2011
• Asterisk Gallery, Group Exhibiton 2010
• Group Invitational Exhibition: Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland 2011
• Solo Exhibition of Paintings & Drawings, Arts Collinwood Gallery, Cleveland 2010
• Solo Exhibition of Paintings and Installation. Kent State University Stark Campus. Curated by Jack McWhorter 2008
• Eye Need Your Vote, solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and installation piece. Artist Archives of the Western Reserve. Curated by Doug Utter. Show Catalog published
• The Great Grid, solo exhibition of new work, paintings and sculpture. Cleveland State University. Curated by Dan Tranberg; Exhibition catalog published by C.S.U. 2007
• Your Gallery, Online Project, Saatchi Gallery, London 2006
• Two-person exhibition, Cleveland Artists Foundation, curated by Shawn Godwin 2006
• Art in Medicine Exhibition, Highlights from the Cleveland Clinic Collection. Exhibition catalog featuring the painting Blue Bones from the clinic collection
• A Piece of My Mind, Solo Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings, and Monoprints, The University of Akron (OH), curated by Hui-Chu Ying. Exhibition Catalog published. 2005
• 22nd Women Artists, a Celebration! Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
• Color Matters, solo exhibition at The Massillon Museum of Art (Massillon, Ohio); curated by John Klassen 2001
• Venus de Milo Suite & Visage Suite, solo exhibition of paintings, Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, OH 1999
• Solo Exhibition of Self-Portraits, The Bonfoey Co. Gallery, Cleveland, OH 1998
• Awarded Educational Research & Development Grant, funded by The University of Akron (OH) 1996
• Recognized by the Senate of the State of Ohio for Induction into the Hall of Fame for achievements and contributions to Art 1994
• Solo exhibition (room installation), William D. Ginn Gallery at the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art 1994
• Solo exhibition of paintings and Drawings, Rike Center Fine Art Gallery, University of Dayton (OH) 1990
• Solo exhibition of paintings, Akron Art Museum, OH 1990
• Solo exhibition of paintings & Drawings, Cincinnati Artists Group Effort (C.A.G.E.) 1990
• Retrospective of paintings, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH 1988
• Solo exhibition, selected by statewide competition, Emily Davis Gallery at The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio 1988
• Solo exhibition of paintings and drawings, Joyce Porcelli Gallery, Cleveland 1988
• Solo exhibition of paintings, Denison University, Granville, OH 1987

Selected Invitational Group Exhibitions
• The May Show, Cleveland Museum of Art; 1990, 1989, 1987, 1985, 1982, 1981,1980, 1979, 1977, 1976. 
• Awarded Two Juror Awards in Painting, 1989
• Awarded Two Juror Awards in Painting, 1985
• Awarded Best in Show Award in Painting, 1982
• Awarded Judges Award for Painting, 1979
• Awarded Two Juror Awards in Painting, 1976
• Ursuline College Religious Art, Invitational Exhibition, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, Ohio; 2009
• 18th Annual Women’s Invitational Exhibition, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, Ohio; 2009.  Curated by Frank Frate, Director of Wasmer Gallery
• Group Exhibition, 2nd April Gallery and Studios, Canton, Ohio; 2009. Curated by Michelle Waalkes
• Art On The Edge, Invitational Group Exhibition, Gallery 6000: Kent State University Stark Campus, Canton, Ohio;  2007
• Invitational Group Exhibition, Massillon Museum of Art, Massillon, Ohio; 2006.  2nd Prize for Painting "Blue Head"
• Annual Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute Of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; 2009, 2000, 1999, 1998, Awarded Juror’s Award for best painting, 1999
• 22nd Women Artists Celebration Invitational,  Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; 2004
• Group Exhibition, Cleveland Foundation (JRC Art Advisory); 2003
• Group Exhibition, Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio; 2002
• Beyond Reality, Artists After Surrealism Group Invitational Exhibition, Cleveland Artists Foundation at the Beck Center for the Arts; 2003 
• Invitational Group Show, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago; 2001
• Cleveland Collects Contemporary Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art; 1998
• Artseen, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art; 1996
• Fertile Ground, Invitational group exhibition, New Museum, Cleveland; 1996
• The University of Akron Faculty Traveling Exhibition to China 1992
1. Xiamen University, Fuchane Province (Southern China)
2. Xian Fine Art Institute, Shaanxi Province (Central China)
3. Hangzhou Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, Zhejiang Province (Central Coast)
4. Central Academy of Arts and Design, Beijing
5. Guongzhou Art Institute, Guangdon Province, (Southern China, Hong Kong)
• Invitational / Fifteen Artists From Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Museum of Art, 1991; eleven canvases selected for inclusion
• Invitational Exhibit,  Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York City; 1986
• Invitational Exhibit Art Auction, National Festival of the Arts, John F.Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; 1984
• Six in Ohio Invitational Painting Exhibit, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center; 1983
• The Ohio Selection Juried Invitational Group Exhibition, Dayton Art Institute; 1982
• Insight Out Invitational Exhibition, The Akron Art Museum; 1980

Reviews and Articles
• Artwach Blog—‘’A Righteous Left Hand,’’ review of the exhibit "Headsortails," at Translations Gallery, Canton, OH, 2014
• Book, "100) Midwest Artists," published by Schiffer Publishing and available on Author, E. Ashley Rooney
• Painting in the Dark, Kent State Downtown Art Gallery Opens Vibrant Exhibit by Alumna, review of exhibition, Kent State University, (Events and Developments Magazine) 2012
• Director’s Choice, review of exhibition Canton Museum of Art, Artwach Blog, "In Pursuit of Possibilities" by Tom Wachunas 2011
• Director’s Choice, review of exhibition, Canton Museum of Art, The Beacon Journal, ‘’Museum Puts Women Artists in Spotlight’’ by Dorothy Shinn, 2011
• "Five Women’s Artistic Perspectives," review of Canton Museum of Art (Director’s Choice), by Dan Kane, Canton Repository 2011
• The Great Grid, Review of Cleveland State Univ. Exhibition.  Angle Arts Journal, Vol. 31 2007.  Lyz Bly.
• Review of Cleveland State Univ. Exhibition. The Cleveland Plain Dealer, February 16 2007.  Steven Litt.
• The Great Grid: Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made Of. The Free Times Weekly, Vol. 14, Issue 40, January 24 2007.  Douglas Max Utter.
• Connections,  The University of Akron Newsletter. Review of Exhibition of paintings Pieces of My Mind at the School of Art, The University of Akron 2006
• Color Matters.  Dialogue Arts Journal, July/August 2001. Review of exhibition Color Matters at the Massillon Museum, by Jeanne Fryer-Kohles.
• Art Honors Poetry.  Akron Beacon Journal, April 22, 2001. Review of exhibition Color Matters at the Massillon Museum, by Dorothy Shinn.
• Nudes, Murals Illuminate Inward Journey. Columbus Dispatch, May 13, 2001. Review of exhibition Color Mattersat the Massillon Museum, by Jeanne Fryer-Kohles.
• Powerful Messages Of Paintings Come From Unrefined Style. Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 28th, 2001. Review of exhibition Color Matters at the Massillon Museum, by Dan Tranberg.
• Creative Genius. Dialogue Arts Journal, January/February 2001. Jeanne Fryer-Kohles.
• Review of the Exhibition Color Matters. The Canton Repository, April 6, 2001. Dan Kane.
• Exploring a World of Fantasy. Akron Beacon Journal, November 6, 1990. Dorothy Shinn.
• Review of work in New Art Examiner. September 1988. John Bryum.
• Review of work in Dialogue Arts Journal.  March/April 1988
• Review of Six Aspects of Reality Painting Exhibition. Dialogue Art Journal, May 1984
• Article in Archives of American Art Journal.  Volume 20, No. 3, page 25. Published by the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.  1980