Pattie Chalmers ( SHE/HER )

Artist Statement

My work can be separated into three main types: figures/tableaux; objects/collections and pottery. These three categories, although visually distinct, are for me linked by a connection in each to narrative. Accounts from a parent, a teacher, a movie, or a dream—fragments exaggerated or diminished twisted together in an order that corresponds with the flux of how things are remembered.


Pattie Chalmers grew up and went to art school in Winnipeg, Canada. She received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Manitoba in 1994, and her MFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota in 2001. Since graduating she has exhibited in group exhibitions on five continents, in six countries and in thirty-four states. She has had six solo exhibitions in the past five years, most recently the exhibitions The Mudmaid Museum at the Sheldon Art Center in St. Louis and Imperfect Ramblings at Merwin Gallery at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.

Chalmers has taught at the University of Minnesota, Ohio University and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where she is currently a full professor and head of graduate studies. (Chalmers might be a little compulsive, and she definitely likes to laugh at her own jokes).