Anne Patterson is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York City. Anne has synesthesia, meaning that her sensory perceptions overlap; when she hears sound, she sees color and shape. Trained as an architect and theater production designer, this unique combination of senses combines to create an artistic practice, hovering somewhere between the visual and the experiential. Her body of work consists of paintings, sculptures and large-scale multimedia installations that combine sculpture, architecture, lighting, video, music and scent.


Patterson's large-scale installations have filled cathedrals, office buildings, and galleries across the country with miles of fabric, aluminum ribbon, and metal birds. She created Graced With Light, an installation inspired by music, as the 2013 Artist-in-Residence at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Twenty miles of ribbon interacted with the cathedral's vaulted ceiling arches, carrying visitors' prayers, dreams, and wishes skyward. Her most recent installation, Art for Earth, commissioned by the fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna, was made of thousands of lengths of fabric repurposed from Zegna fabrics. 


In her watercolors, Patterson's ability to delve into the natural world for inspiration is evident. The pattern and color of her paintings create a strong emphasis on the senses. Viewing the watercolors transforms itself into feeling, which reveals Patterson's intuitive understanding of nature. The quality of the painting "series" reflects the moment-to-moment aliveness of encounter, where the multiplicity of perspectives of the landscape or natural object brings to life the sensation of experience. 


Patterson's painting practice incorporates watercolor, metallic powder, and gouache, and is steeped in a color-field philosophy. 


Anne has exhibited widely including solo exhibitions at The Ringling Museum and Alfstad & Contemporary. Her work has been shown at The Trapholt Museum, Denmark; Cristina Grajales, New York; Scope Art Fair, Miami; Aqua Art Fair, Miami; Building Bridges Art Exchange, Los Angeles; Valerie Dillon Gallery, New York; Denise Bibro, New York; Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, RI and One Twelve Gallery, Atlanta. Her paintings and sculptures are in private, public, and corporate collections across the United States and in London, England. 


Anne's theatrical and symphonic partnerships have included major venues across the United States: Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Arena Stage, The Wilma Theater, The Kennedy Center, Alliance Theater and prestigious symphonies throughout the country (San Francisco, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle).  Patterson was the 2014 and 2016 CODAaward Winner for Liturgical Art and received a Creative Capital Award in 2008. She is a fellow of the Hermitage Artist's Retreat. Patterson received her BA of Architecture from Yale University and her MFA in Theater Design from The Slade School of Art, London UK.