I have spent the greater portion of my life in the pursuit of garden flowers and wildflowers across the Midwest. Because I was born on a small family farm in western Iowa, the observation and tending of the earth have been an integral part of my life. I am drawn to the outdoors. It is where peace, solitude, and inspiration come into my life.
Whether it was the vibrant colors observed in nature's lush palette or the colorful textiles from my mother's sewing machine, I have always been fascinated by color. Integral to my paintings is the play of light that transforms all that it touches into a beautiful prism of color.
My B.F.A. was received at Drake University in painting, art history, and education in 1977. I received my Masters Degree in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978. Professionally, I have an extensive show exhibition record in New England and Wisconsin. My work is exhibited in numerous collections. Teaching has always been one of my first loves and I have taught drawing, painting and art history to both children and adults. Some of my time has also been spent running galleries and coordinating art events for the public.
Currently, I reside in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in Door County, where I go for inspiration.
Graphic Design USA, American Web Design Award best 100 websites, 2013
• Collections •
Acuity ; Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Biltmore Investment Bank; Kohler, Wisconsin
First Star Bank; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Portrait work in personal collections
Ink architectural drawings in personal collections
Original oils in personal collections
• Gallery Experience •
Patrice Procopio Studios; 2010 to Current, Milwaukee and Door County, Wisconsin
Patrice Procopio Studio; 2000-2010; Mequon, Wisconsin
Patrice Hamm Studio; 1996 - 2000; Cedarburg Wisconsin
Cedarburg Arts Weekend; Creator and Chairperson; October 1997, 1998, 1999; Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Vermont Conservatory of the Arts – Developed a gallery space for the showcase of local artists
Drake University – Developed first gallery space for student art exhibitions in student center
• Teaching Experience •
Adult Drawing Class; Patrice Procopio Studio; 2002 – 2010, 2014 to present
Adult Drawing Class at Woolen Mill Studio; Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Cedarburg Cultural Arts Center: Children's Class
University School Summer Program; River Hills, Wisconsin
Vermont Conservatory of the Arts: -Initiated art development
-Taught drawing and painting
Art History program taught through the Mequon system: 13 years
Arts Enrichment Council – President of monthly theater programming for Mequon, Wisconsin community: 7 years of involvement