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About the Artist

Patricia Burleson in her studioPatricia Burleson graduated from Massachusetts College of Art,( B.F.A.) in1976 with a concentration in fibers in addition to studying art at the University of Texas, Native American textiles at Radcliffe Seminars, and weaving and dying at Rhode Island School of Design. She has continued her education taking workshops including: Surface Design with Ellen Leavitt and Joan Morris, Basketry with John Garrett and Tin Can Art with Bobby Hanson.

After college, Burleson started a business creating and marketing unique handpainted silk clothing, scarves, and banners along with teaching workshops and designing for theater and dance.

By 1990, using simple basketry techniques she combined her silk scraps with local natural materials and detritus from family life to create her first nest like sculptures. These narrative sculptures developed into delicate assemblages of cast off metal, recycled wood, and found objects woven together with wire and cord.


The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. chose Patricia Burleson's work to represent Vermont in the From the Committees installation in 2005. Her sculptural baskets have been shown in more than 40 exhibitions since 1991 including: Fiber Art International in Pittsburgh, PA, Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield, CT, Textile Center of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, and Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA. Ms Burleson's most recent solo exhibition Woven Fragments was shown at the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA in 2005.

In 1976, Patricia was awarded an assistantship in fibers at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. The Vermont Council on the Arts selected her for a C.E.T.A. artist-in-residence program to create art for public places in local communities during 1979-1980. She was selected to attend the Vermont Studio School residency program in 1995. Ms Burleson has presented her work through slide lecture at museums and colleges.

Burleson's work is in collections nationally and in Europe including public buildings in Texas and Vermont.

Patricia Burleson lives in the woods in southern Vermont with her family and boxes of discarded treasures.

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