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PATTIE FIRESTONE

PATTIE FIRESTONE

Artist Work

Wall Energy
2006
rusted steel
8'H x 12'W x 1'D
Beached Boat & Wall Waves
2011
painted steel
4'H x 6'W x 12'D
Leaves of Grass
2009
painted steel
8'H x 20'W x 10'D
Thoughts Running Like a River
2009
Painted Aluminum
4'H x 25'W x 20'D
Seismic Shift
2011
stainless steel & painted aluminum
14'H x 40'W x 1'D
Crooked House
2011
painted steel
12'H x 6'W x 6'D

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Phone
301-654-5528
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My sculpture explores physical, spiritual and intellectual energy moving through layers of understanding. Twists of steel seem to move between the earth, air and viewer, between the symbolic and the concrete, ultimately becoming a commonality between diverse people. My metal outdoor work implies movement below the surface of the earth or behind concrete walls. LEAVES OF GRASS depicts energy from the earth pushing nine red blades of grass 8 feet out of the ground. THOUGHTS MOVING LIKE A RIVER portrays lines of energy moving below the surface of the earth then pushing up above ground again and back into the ground resembling water in a river or the ebb and flow of thoughts in our minds. ENDLESS ENERGY represents infinite energy in a dynamic relationship between earth, air and viewer. My recent solo installation SEISMIC DREAM at American University Museum Katzen Sculpture Garden enveloped a concrete space with twists of steel that seemed to move in and out of the walls pulling the viewers into the altered space. Maryland composer Barbara Abbott Buchanan composed two pieces of music filling the space with sound reflecting the mood of the sculpture. SEISMIC SHIFT, the culmination of the installation, was a large stainless steel wall piece (40’W x 14’H) depicting an earthquake. The visual earthquake and poem on the wall encouraged the viewers to move about the space and experience the different elements again and again. With commissioned work, I use the materials that best portray the theme in an appropriate style.My sculpture explores physical, spiritual and intellectual energy moving through layers of understanding. Twists of steel seem to move between the earth, air and viewer, between the symbolic and the concrete, ultimately becoming a commonality between diverse people. My metal outdoor work implies movement below the surface of the earth or behind concrete walls. LEAVES OF GRASS depicts energy from the earth pushing nine red blades of grass 8 feet out of the ground. THOUGHTS MOVING LIKE A RIVER portrays lines of energy moving below the surface of the earth then pushing up above ground again and back into the ground resembling water in a river or the ebb and flow of thoughts in our minds. ENDLESS ENERGY represents infinite energy in a dynamic relationship between earth, air and viewer. My recent solo installation SEISMIC DREAM at American University Museum Katzen Sculpture Garden enveloped a concrete space with twists of steel that seemed to move in and out of the walls pulling the viewers into the altered space. Maryland composer Barbara Abbott Buchanan composed two pieces of music filling the space with sound reflecting the mood of the sculpture. SEISMIC SHIFT, the culmination of the installation, was a large stainless steel wall piece (40’W x 14’H) depicting an earthquake. The visual earthquake and poem on the wall encouraged the viewers to move about the space and experience the different elements again and again. With commissioned work, I use the materials that best portray the theme in an appropriate style.

Artist Bio

Pattie Porter Firestone is a sculptor working in metal, wood and stone. She uses flat sheets of metal as her vocabulary in a language about energy, movement and rhythm for both indoor and outdoor sculpture. She served as President of the Washington Sculptors Group a nonprofit in Washington, DC 2004-2009 and has experience in a cooperative gallery, directing a public interest law center, teaching art and art history to children and other community activities. In 1981-1993 Firestone co-founded the Westside Arts Center, a nonprofit arts organization of artists teaching children in Santa Monica, California.
Her most recent solo show is SEISMIC DREAM 2011 at American University Museum in the Sylvia Berlin Katzen Sculpture Garden. She won the 2006 GAIA PRIZE for a permanent installation in Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, Virginia. She has a long list of collectors and shows across the country. For more details please see her website at www.PattiePorterFirestone.com.

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Leonard and Mary Baron, Chevy Chase, MD
Idit & Gaston Caperton, Shepherdstown, WV
Palmer and Joe Dorn, Washington, DC
Betty Drachner, Bethesda, MD
Anne & Gus Edwards, Culpeper, VA
Charles Gibbs & Stephanie Stockwell, Charleston, SC
Judy and Henry Geller, Washington, DC
Allan Gerson & Joan Nathan, Wash, DC,
Jane Gottlieb & David Obst, Santa Barbara, CA
Richard Hanes, Bethesda, MD
Barbara Harris, Washington, DC
Debby & Peter Harvey, Potomac, MD
Independence Complex, Liberty Property Trust, Greenville, SC
Lisa See and Richard Kendall, Aspen, CO
Albert Kramer and Ruth Jaeger, Wash, DC
Ellen Gleberman & David Laufer, McLean, VA
John & Susan Colin Marks, Washington, DC
Margaret & Paul Meyer, San Diego, CA
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
Maury and George Moody, Hilton Head, SC
Hensley & James Peterson, Aspen, CO
Sandy Libby & John Rendon, Strong, ME
Eleanor Ringel and Arthur Cater, Atlanta, GA,
Lea & Tim Shuba, Alexandria, VA
Beth Smith, Kansas City, MO

EXHIBITIONS
2011
“Seismic Dream,” a sculpture & sound installation at American University Museum, Sylvia Berlin Katzen Sculpture Garden, Sept. 2011 – Jan. 2012
“Ripple Effect Sculpture Exhibition,” Morven Museum & Garden, Princeton, NJ, Sept.–Nov.
2010
“Discover What’s Outside,” Salisbury, NC, March 2010 - Feb. 2011
“Arts in Foggy Bottom,” Neighborhood Assoc, Shirley Koller, juror, DC May-Oct.
Chevy Chase Village Hall, Sally Troyer, juror, April-May
“Porous Borders,” Historical Society of Washington, Jayme McLellen, juror, Sept.-Dec.
2009
“Flora: Growing Inspirations,” US Botanic Garden, Washington, DC, May – Oct.
“Sculpture on the Grounds 2009,” Rockville, MD Civic Center June – Oct.
“Reform,” Workhouse Gallery at Lorton Arts Center, VA Claire Huschle, May –June
“National Outdoor Sculpture Competition,” juror,David Furchgott, N Charleston, SC
Chevy Chase Village Hall, Sally Troyer, juror, April-May
2008
“Aquifer,” Edison Place Gallery, DC, jurors, JW Mahoney, Deborah McLeod, Nov.-Dec.
American Univ. Museum, DC Feb.–March, WPA Auction
Chevy Chase Village Hall, April-May
“Sculpture NOW 2008,” Washington Square, DC, juror, Ramon Osuna Feb.-May
“Intervene/activate,” Union Gallery, UMD, juror, Donald Russell, January
Chevy Chase Village Hall, April-May
Sculpture NOW, Washington Square, Wash, DC, Victoria Reis, juror, Feb.-May
2006
“Outdoor Solo Show,” Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, April-August
“Sculpture Unbound,” Edison Place Gallery, juror, Glenn Harper, February–March
Chevy Chase Village Hall, April-May
2005
Chevy Chase Village Hall, April-May
“Something New,” Foxhall Gallery, DC, Jan.-Feb.
2004
“Capitol Hill Sculpture Project,” DC, May –Oct.
Chevy Chase Village Hall, April-May
2001
“Sculptors at Work, “Corcoran Gallery of Art and Strathmore Hall, Juried Show, Oct-Nov.
“Sculpture NOW 2001,” Washington Square, Wash, DC, juried show, Feb.-May
Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD, juried, Outdoor Spring Show
2000
“Collaborative Mail-art,” Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, Jan
“Outdoor Spring Show,“ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD, juried,
Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, juried “Summer Exhibition,” June-August
Montgomery College, Outdoor Sculpture Program
1999
Montgomery College, Outdoor Sculpture Program
Creative Partners Gallery, Solo Show, Bethesda, MD
Colorado Mountain College Gallery, Glenwood Springs, CO, July-Sept.,

EDUCATION
Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, B.A.
Institute for American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France
New York Studio School, Paris, France, studied with Elaine de Kooning, Wayne Thiebaud, George Spaventa
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California
Corcoran School for the Arts, Washington, DC
Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, COPattie Porter Firestone is a sculptor working in metal, wood and stone. She uses flat sheets of metal as her vocabulary in a language about energy, movement and rhythm for both indoor and outdoor sculpture. She served as President of the Washington Sculptors Group a nonprofit in Washington, DC 2004-2009 and has experience in a cooperative gallery, directing a public interest law center, teaching art and art history to children and other community activities. In 1981-1993 Firestone co-founded the Westside Arts Center, a nonprofit arts organization of artists teaching children in Santa Monica, California.
Her most recent solo show is SEISMIC DREAM 2011 at American University Museum in the Sylvia Berlin Katzen Sculpture Garden. She won the 2006 GAIA PRIZE for a permanent installation in Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, Virginia. She has a long list of collectors and shows across the country. For more details please see her website at www.PattiePorterFirestone.com.

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Leonard and Mary Baron, Chevy Chase, MD
Idit & Gaston Caperton, Shepherdstown, WV
Palmer and Joe Dorn, Washington, DC
Betty Drachner, Bethesda, MD
Anne & Gus Edwards, Culpeper, VA
Charles Gibbs & Stephanie Stockwell, Charleston, SC
Judy and Henry Geller, Washington, DC
Allan Gerson & Joan Nathan, Wash, DC,
Jane Gottlieb & David Obst, Santa Barbara, CA
Richard Hanes, Bethesda, MD
Barbara Harris, Washington, DC
Debby & Peter Harvey, Potomac, MD
Independence Complex, Liberty Property Trust, Greenville, SC
Lisa See and Richard Kendall, Aspen, CO
Albert Kramer and Ruth Jaeger, Wash, DC
Ellen Gleberman & David Laufer, McLean, VA
John & Susan Colin Marks, Washington, DC
Margaret & Paul Meyer, San Diego, CA
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
Maury and George Moody, Hilton Head, SC
Hensley & James Peterson, Aspen, CO
Sandy Libby & John Rendon, Strong, ME
Eleanor Ringel and Arthur Cater, Atlanta, GA,
Lea & Tim Shuba, Alexandria, VA
Beth Smith, Kansas City, MO

EXHIBITIONS
2011
“Seismic Dream,” a sculpture & sound installation at American University Museum, Sylvia Berlin Katzen Sculpture Garden, Sept. 2011 – Jan. 2012
“Ripple Effect Sculpture Exhibition,” Morven Museum & Garden, Princeton, NJ, Sept.–Nov.
2010
“Discover What’s Outside,” Salisbury, NC, March 2010 - Feb. 2011
“Arts in Foggy Bottom,” Neighborhood Assoc, Shirley Koller, juror, DC May-Oct.
Chevy Chase Village Hall, Sally Troyer, juror, April-May
“Porous Borders,” Historical Society of Washington, Jayme McLellen, juror, Sept.-Dec.
2009
“Flora: Growing Inspirations,” US Botanic Garden, Washington, DC, May – Oct.
“Sculpture on the Grounds 2009,” Rockville, MD Civic Center June – Oct.
“Reform,” Workhouse Gallery at Lorton Arts Center, VA Claire Huschle, May –June
“National Outdoor Sculpture Competition,” juror,David Furchgott, N Charleston, SC
Chevy Chase Village Hall, Sally Troyer, juror, April-May
2008
“Aquifer,” Edison Place Gallery, DC, jurors, JW Mahoney, Deborah McLeod, Nov.-Dec.
American Univ. Museum, DC Feb.–March, WPA Auction
Chevy Chase Village Hall, April-May
“Sculpture NOW 2008,” Washington Square, DC, juror, Ramon Osuna Feb.-May
“Intervene/activate,” Union Gallery, UMD, juror, Donald Russell, January
Chevy Chase Village Hall, April-May
Sculpture NOW, Washington Square, Wash, DC, Victoria Reis, juror, Feb.-May
2006
“Outdoor Solo Show,” Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, April-August
“Sculpture Unbound,” Edison Place Gallery, juror, Glenn Harper, February–March
Chevy Chase Village Hall, April-May
2005
Chevy Chase Village Hall, April-May
“Something New,” Foxhall Gallery, DC, Jan.-Feb.
2004
“Capitol Hill Sculpture Project,” DC, May –Oct.
Chevy Chase Village Hall, April-May
2001
“Sculptors at Work, “Corcoran Gallery of Art and Strathmore Hall, Juried Show, Oct-Nov.
“Sculpture NOW 2001,” Washington Square, Wash, DC, juried show, Feb.-May
Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD, juried, Outdoor Spring Show
2000
“Collaborative Mail-art,” Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, Jan
“Outdoor Spring Show,“ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD, juried,
Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, juried “Summer Exhibition,” June-August
Montgomery College, Outdoor Sculpture Program
1999
Montgomery College, Outdoor Sculpture Program
Creative Partners Gallery, Solo Show, Bethesda, MD
Colorado Mountain College Gallery, Glenwood Springs, CO, July-Sept.,

EDUCATION
Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, B.A.
Institute for American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France
New York Studio School, Paris, France, studied with Elaine de Kooning, Wayne Thiebaud, George Spaventa
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California
Corcoran School for the Arts, Washington, DC
Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CO