Patricia Ritter is a visual artist working in watercolor and acrylic painting, pastels and photography. She is a juried, exhibiting member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted Program and Artworks of Bowling Green. Her work has been exhibited at The Speed Museum in Louisville, The Headley-Whitney Museum in Lexington; she has received numerous purchase awards and honors; she was chosen for the Kentucky Women Artists: 1850-2000 exhibition at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art; she was an artist-in-residence at Mammoth Cave National Park; and she has completed several large public murals and public art projects through local tourism initiatives. Pat is on the teaching artist directories of the Kentucky Arts Council, VSA Kentucky (serving special needs populations) and the Tennessee Arts Commission and has completed short-term and long-term art residencies in schools and communities since 1996 working with students of all ages and levels of abilities. She also provides professional development to teachers and administrators geared towards integrating the arts across the curriculum and was a visual arts instructor with the The Arts Academies for six years. Patricia has worked with breast cancer survivors, women in shelters recovering from abuse, and young women in treatment centers creating art through grants funded by the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
In addition to her work in schools and communities, she sells her artwork at fine art and crafts shows and galleries and researches and writes grants for organizations. She served as a Kentucky Arts Council Circuit Rider (outreach coordinator) for 17 counties in South Central Kentucky, assisted the arts council arts education director with publicity for programs and was a grants manager for several arts education programs for the arts council. Her wide range of experience and lifelong learning provides Pat with skills in facilitation, needs assessment and assistance with arts programming for schools and communities; grant writing, project planning, publicity and marketing for organizations and artists; and developing and maintaining community partnerships.