Pleased to be included in Spliced Connector's online spring 2021 exhibition on Artsy: "Echolocations" May 21 - September 23, 2021. Organized by Karen Fitzgerald, curated by Dudley Zopp and hosted by SHIM Art Network.
work above: Karen Fitzgerald, "Pink Air" 2021


Rewriting Herstory: Making the World Better

Rewriting Herstory: Making the World Better
This exhibition attempts to set the record straight and rewrite history to include herstory. We want to honor inspiring women (special shout out to BIPOC) who are historic or newsworthy- whether or not they got their due in their day.
Curated by Drawing Rooms and shown online on Artsy


Starting today (Friday, February 19) you will have a chance to bid on one or a number of works as part of @fairshareartauction There are a number of wonderful works at incredibly low prices. If your bid wins you will be contacted. Half the final selling price is donated to a charity of your choice. Bidding ends March 1, 2021. https://www.instagram.com/fairshareartauction/

Studio Snapshot: Patricia Dahlman

Studio Snapshot: Patricia Dahlman
Studio Snapshot is a series of short videos exploring the work of Newark contemporary artists. In this video, artist Patricia Dahlman discusses how she was inspired by the arts scene of Newark and how her work responds to our current times. Made by the Newark Museum of Art.
This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.


Shim Art Network Spliced Connector presents
Good Bones
An in person group exhibition. Not a virtual one.
Curated by Karen Fitzgerald
November 20 – December 19, 2020
113 East 29th Street New York, NY 10016
Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12-6pm Phone: 646.369.7184
Tickets required: Get your free tickets here. https://bit.ly/3nuphS1
Shim Art Network Spliced Connector
Good Bones
I think of all that I have inherited,
all the bodies buried for me to be here and stay here, how I was born with grief and gratitude in my bones
—Red Wine Spills BY L. Ash Williams
Shim Art Network Spliced Connector
Good Bones
Work above: "Thank You First Responders #2" by Patricia Dahlman


WORD is an On-Line Exhibition of paintings, prints, fabric works, photographs and sculpture, which brings together seventeen Artists who activate words WITH, IN, ON or AS a Visual experience. Each Artist, of course, has found their own way to integrate words as shape, pattern and compositional strength – giving their work a complex range of meaning and function.
Are these works a result of the predictive quality of The Painted Word written in 1974 by Tom Wolfe? I would support the idea that the relationship of WORDs and Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaart has been around for centuries. Not only the Cubists and Dadaists, but the Limbourg Brothers in 14th C Holland and the Stele of Hammurabi, 1760 BCE from Susa in Mespotamia.
These 17 Artists are Contemporary to US – they are working Today to bring us Word/Image of concern to our Time and our Needs. — Jackie Lima
Marie ROBERTS             Pete GOURFAIN           Rita VALLEY           Jim McGLYN          Stephen McKENZIE
Paul DEERY          Jay MILDER           Jenna Katzin LASH          Joseph O’NEAL          Michael DAL CERRO
Harriet FINCK         Shalom NEUMAN         Betsy ROSENWALD       
Patricia DAHLMAN        Jackie LIMA
     Dylan Williams                      Edward Coppola

As part of Easton Book Festival

Capitalism and its Need for the Underclass

Capitalism and its Need for the Underclass
Capitalism and its Need for the Underclass
Part 2 of the Virus of Dehumanization Series
History has taught us that progress is usually
accompanied by resistance from those who do not want their own
lives altered, at everyone else's expense. In this exhibition, we explore
those whom our modern political and economic trends have
marginalized instead of protected... people of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ, the young, the old, the sick, the disabled, the homeless, the poor, the creative, the intellectual. We ask, “can the entire population be a minority?”
Curated by: Tina Stipanovic, Diana Alsip, and Tim Kelly 
Alter Work Studios


Pleased to show "Zoom" a collaborative work made with Mary Pinto at Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT
September 24 – November 15, 2020

Zoom Virtual Opening: Thursday, October 8 @ 6:30 pm
City-Wide Open Studios Weekend: October 17 & 18
Gallery Hours: Sundays 1-4 pm, Thursdays 5-8 pm and by appointment
ECOCA is extremely excited to host the USPS Art Project on-site! The USPS Art Project was started by artist Christina Massey as a call to action for her fellow artists to support the United States Postal Service amidst the COVID-19 crisis. The concept is simple — artists each began artworks for their collaboration partners to finish, sending them to each other by mail; the project was designed to help artists feel connected while practicing social distancing, and in doing so, supporting the financially struggling USPS at the same time.
Also another collaboration with Mary Pinto shown at Sunset Studios in Dallas, Texas

Spliced Connector: Summer 2020 Exhibition-Under the Skin

Spliced Connector: Summer 2020 Exhibition-Under the Skin
Under the Skin
curated by Karen Fitzgerald
Interior characteristics often differ from surface qualities. A young 'tween might be sassy and defiant, yet under the skin of these choices, she can possess a very sweet nature. Artwork is the same way. The visceral, visual qualities of the language can be as opaque as all the challenges we experience when we try to "read" the people around us. It takes time. 
The skin of an artwork is literally the top layer, the last effort to shape something with this language in the process of making it. Often, we are allowed to see beneath this particular kind of skin. The layer may be partial; it may be transparent, or translucent. In the hands of a skilled artist, this kind of probing can last a good while. It can take us deeply into the work. The skin of an artwork is also its covering; its protective layer. When artwork holds provocation, or challenges long-held associations, the confederacy of intimations is sometimes inviolable. This kind of skin may not invite us in. It may turn us away; color might be distasteful, representational content might signal a realm we don't wish to explore. This kind of skin can be powerful. Human skin has 3 main layers. Each provides benefits to that which it covers and protects. Unlike 3 layers of discrete material, these layers are enmeshed. They work together mediating the outer world and the inner levels of the body. The skin of artwork functions differently. While it effectively mediates between inner and outer, it does so across a wide range of phenomenon. The skin of artwork may be enmeshed with the lower layers; it also may be physical, metaphorical, virtual, literal, figurative, socio-economic; it may be metaphysical. It subverts a hierarchy of interpretation and understanding; and it establishes this very same hierarchy. We all have skin in the game. The skin of artwork, has an important role to play. The skin is just the beginning of a complex body. Its surface sensuality serves to entice us inside; inside our own thinking, imagining, and understanding of this-to-that, of inner-to-outer. Under the skin is where the real action happens.

Newark Arts Festival

Newark Arts Festival
Save the dates! 🥳 Newark Arts Festival (“NAF”) will mark its 19th year by going virtual, Thursday, October 8 through Sunday, October 11, 2020. “Art+Tech: Perception, Access, Power” is the theme of the free online event at NewarkArtsFestival.com, created in partnership with The Newark Museum of Art and sponsored by Prudential and Verizon. 👏🏽👏🏻👏🏿
And in conjunction with "Art+Tech:Perception, Access, Power" discussion with Dexter Wimberly "What Does It Mean to Be An Artist In Newark in 2020"

Artists React to the Pandemic, George Floyd and the Election

Artists React to the Pandemic, George Floyd and the Election
“Artists React to the Pandemic, George Floyd and the Election” 
An online exhibition including the work of 
Kathy Aoki, Aileen Bassis, Sue Coe, Donna Coleman, Patricia Dahlman, Michael Dal Cerro, Anne Dushanko Dobek, Robyn Ellenbogen, Tim Fite, Robert Geshlider, Todd Hanson and Annakai Hayakawa Geshlider, Cheryl Harper, Carla Rae Johnson, Jackie Lima, Anne Q McKeown, Doug Minkler, Frank Lopez-Motnyk, Ray Must, Hubert Neal Jr, Joseph O’Neal, Chris Pelletiere, Carol Radsprecher, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Rita Valley, and Lisa G Westheimer. 

Creative Catalyst Fund Grants Announced

Creative Catalyst Fund Grants Announced
Pleased to receive a Creative Catalyst Fund Grant from the City of Newark, New Jersey. Thank you Mayor Ras Baraka, Arts and Cultural Affairs Director Fayemi Shakur, Executive Director of Newark Arts Jeremy Johnson and the Selection Committee!

Hello World

Hello World
Pleased to be part of a World Wide online exhibition called “Hello World” organized by Transcultural Cultural Exchange. I have partnered with Centrum, a cultural center and an artist residency program in Port Townsend, Washington.https://centrum.org/2020/06/transcultural-exchanges-hello-world-project/

"Prayers for the Pandemic"

"Prayers for the Pandemic"

Prayers for the Pandemic an online exhibition organized by Drawing Rooms and curated by Anne Trauben
Prayers for the Pandemic 
is a show that is happening in places across the US right now. It draws inspiration from Tibetan prayer flags  (learn more about Prayer flags here) that are generally made of colorful rectangular cloth and often found strung along trails and peaks high in the Himalayas. The flags are used to bless the surrounding area. While we are all living through the coronavirus pandemic, we feel we could all use blessings. We want to send good and positive Karma out into the world, and brighten each other’s days in the special way that art can do. 

Our goal is for you to flood the world with your prayer flags and we will create an inclusive online show of images of the flags posted here on our website, Facebook and Instagram. We will also be creating an online and print catalog, and we ultimately want Prayers for the Pandemic to become the exhibit which reopens our gallery when restrictions are lifted. Prayers for the Pandemic will reach thousands of people locally, nationally, and around the world.

We are publishing these artworks in installments throughout the spring and summer, and the first group of 34 artists' works are now online!  

While our gallery, Drawing Rooms, in Jersey City, has been closed to the public since 3/16/20, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are acting on our belief that art is more important  than ever to the well-being of all of our communities.

Front-line healthcare workers are doing amazing heroic work and essential workers are keeping the current state of our society going. 

Artists– we can do something to use our skills and talents to help do what we do best.  We are currently taking submissions for Prayers for the Pandemic from artists living locally, nationally, and around the world.



Spliced Connector Inaugural Online Exhibition "Mapping." Curated by Karen Fitzgerald. Hosted by SHIM Art Network.
May 22 - August 20, 2020
'Mapping' forces on us a need to make sense among the disparities of style and aesthetic. It asks for a slow paced looking, a fear-less associating, and an embracing of the rich visual language present here at Spliced Connector. The restless shifting of light and energy present in this work embodies that which carries us to the delineation, and unification between matter and spirit. Spliced Connector group was founded on the intergenerational idea of connecting young and older artists. These connections lurk amidst the mapping of the riches in our visual language.
 Vasari 21 News from Members https://us12.campaign-archive.com/?u=1e7c90506c4e06f6503c74a46&id=5b876b0f1d


March 2, 2020

“Art and Hegemony: Artists Fight Trump” at
Artist Talk On Art www.atoanyc.org
Rita Valley, Jackie Lima,
Carla Rae Johnson and Karen Guancione
Moderator: Patricia Dahlman
ARTIST FIGHT TRUMP online art exhibition
Doors open at 5:15pm
12 West 12th Street, NYC
Entrance on 12th St
Suggested Donation: $10 Adults $7 Students and Seniors
Tickets Available @the door or Facebook or Eventbrite 


Windows of Understanding

Windows of Understanding
The vision for this public art project is to transform our “main street” spaces into literal windows of understanding; spaces in which the community can learn about the positive strides being made by local organizations around a wide array of social justice issues that don’t make daily headlines. Windows of Understanding is a creative, community-building response to the negativity and hate being perpetuated in today’s media landscape. Our belief is that through visual language, artists can communicate methods of understanding in powerful ways that cut across cultural boundaries.  

Now in its third year, over 20 non-profit organizations will be paired with an artist facilitator to create an original work of art that answers the question: "How do we see through hate?".  The works will be on display at venues throughout New Brunswick and Highland Park, NJ from January 20- February 29, 2020. 

Programming such as walking tours, “Tables of Understanding” events at local restaurants, poetry readings, performances, educational workshops, and film screenings complement the visual displays throughout the run.


On November 8, 2019, the twenty-fifth annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium, What Books Do Better, will feature presentations by: Ioulia Akhmadeeva, a Russian- Mexican visual artist, teacher and researcher; Maureen Cummins, founder of the Inanna Press, a recipient of the 2009 Pollock-Krasner Award, and a book artist who has long been engaged with found printed matter; Patricia Dahlman, a Cincinnati-born artist, recipient of New Jersey Printmaking Fellowship from the Brodsky Center for Innovative Print and Paper, and part of the Dana Women Artists Series; Helen Donis- Keller, Michael E. Moody Professor and Professor of Biology and Art at Olin College of Engineering currently researching the genomic structure and function of viruses of soil
bacteria, one of the driving forces behind her artists’ books; Jaz Graf, an artist who works with paper and print, incorporating printmaking techniques, digital imaging and experimental bookbinding methods, as well as manipulating plant fibers, textiles and wire; Suzie Tuchman, a recent graduate of the Montclair State University MFA program, who works in sculpture, printmaking. papermaking and book arts; and Maria Veronica San Martin, a Chilean-born, New York-based artist working in printmaking, artist books, installations, sculpture, and performance art.
The lunchtime artists reading seminar, arranged by printmaker, artist and poet MaryAnn L. Miller (Cures for Hysteria), will include Kim Bridgford, the director of Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference, and editor of Mezzo Cammin, an Online journal of formalist poetry women, and author of ten books of poetry; and Jo Yarrington, who creates site-specific exhibitions, and collaborative projects using varied combinations of materials.
During the continental breakfast, artists Shellie Jacobson and Catherine LeCleire will provide a workshop and a demo. Catherine will demo metal leafing, and Shellie will lead a workshop in creating accordion books with integrated pockets out of a single sheet of paper. As always, all attendees are invited to attend. Materials will be provided.
Asha Ganpat will return as Artist-in-Residence; a small exhibition of works by symposium artists will be curated by NJBAS Curator, Amanda J. Thackray; Karen Guancione, NJBAS Artistic Director, will introduce the artists and serve as symposium moderator, Judith K. Brodsky will be the symposium Respondent; Anna Pinto, the NJBAS Scribe, will produce beautiful one-of-a-kind calligraphic nametags for all attendees. As usual, the day will conclude with a book artists’ jam, at which all attendees can share their work.
Onsite registration for What Books Do Better will begin at 8:00 a.m., workshops will run from 8:45-10:00. The program will run until 4:00, with an hour and a half for lunch. It will be held as usual on the fourth floor of the Alexander Library, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, N.J. 
For advance registration information, please go to https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/…/what-books-do-better-25… 
What Books Do Better is co-sponsored by the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History.



SANCTUARY: a place of refuge or safety.
THE AMERICAN DREAM: a national ethos of the United States, 
the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.
“Sanctuary Cities and the Politics of the American Dream“ is generously funded by the International Association of New Haven, the City of New Haven and Suzio-York Hill.

Bringing It All Back Home

Bringing It All Back Home
9.14 - 11.8. 2019

Lance Rautzhan
Patricia Dahlman
DongKyu Kim
Matthew DiLeo
Juno Zago
Devyn Nuñez

Index Art Center presents Bringing It All Back Home, a group exhibition of six artists exploring
the concepts of home, and what it means to come back to a place. Each artist brings a distinct visual language to the exhibition as they explore personal and social narratives within their work.

The title, Bringing It All Back Home, hails from the avant-garde folk rocker Bob Dylan’s 1965 album release by the same name. Dylans album skins emotional nerves raw. It was created at
a time not so dissimilar from today, bluntly facing racial injustice, international war and suffering, and rebellion in search of freedom. This exhibition seeks the meaning of home, a concept in constant flux, through the brutal honesty of the artists vision.
Curated by Colleen Gutwein O’Neal


InterWoven features regional area fiber artists, highlighting the various skills and versatility of the fiber community. From functional craft, to fine art, InterWoven features fiber and textile works in exciting and unexpected ways!

InterWoven will be held in our newly premiering space, G2 in BSB Gallery.

Exhibition Dates: Friday, August 2nd-Saturday, September 21st 2019

Participating Artists:

Felicia V. Bland, Agathe Bouton, Layo Bright, Samantha M. Connors, Patricia Dahlman, Molly Dilworth, Kate Eggleston, Robyn Ellenbogen, Anne Fine Foer, Katte Genetta, Zhen Guo, Hiedi Hankaniemi, Julie Harris, Beverly Keese-Kelly, Krystle Lemonias, Jolanta Michalska, Ann Marie Miller, Tatiana Oles, Theda Sandiford, Sarah Schwindt, Ayala Shimelman, Rachel Blythe Udell, Dominique Vitali, Joanna Wallace

Word | Image | Object 2019

Word | Image | Object 2019
Word | Image | Object 2019
Denver, Colorado
an international exhibition of artists' bookworks that present a balance of word and image presented in a book or book-like form. 
through December, 2019
Denver Public Library
Central Library
10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkway
Denver, Colorado 80208

"All Stitched Up"

"All Stitched Up"
All Stitched Up 

An international juried book arts exhibition 
September 3rd – December 11th, 2019
Collins Memorial Library University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
September 14th – opening celebration
To stitch is to join together, to mend, or fasten as with stitches – to sew. To stitch is to bring together fabric, paper, wounds of the body, or cultural divides. Stitching can be an act of healing, hope, practicality, creativity, and revolution. All Stitched Up recognizes and celebrates the work of book artists’ where stitching has become an integral part of the visual design. Curators Catherine Alice Michaelis, Jane A. Carlin, and Diana Weymar will jury the show and a print catalogue will be created.
This exhibition will include pages from Diana Weymar’s Interwoven Stories project. This includes Refashioning Identity, which was created by members of the Puget Sound community in 2016/17 as facilitated by Weymar.
Catherine Alice Michaelis is an artist, writer, publisher, curator, teacher, and most recently – videopoet and animator. As proprietor of May Day Press, she is best known for her artist’s books that incorporate letterpress and pressure printing techniques. In 1998, Catherine began to feature sewing in her print work in relation to family, intimate secrets, and emotional healing. She collaborates often, with both artists and writers, and her 1999 collaborative project, Stack the Deck: 22 Artists Mark the Cards for Women’s Health & Healing, is frequently on show somewhere. Her artist’s books have been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and are collected in over 80 institutions. Catherine was profiled in the ‘Nature’ episode of Craft in America on PBS in 2017. She lives near Olympia, Washington.
Jane A. Carlin is currently the Library Director at the Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound. Prior to joining Puget Sound, Jane was the Director of the Design, Architecture, Art and Planning Library at the University of Cincinnati and has also held positions at Oxford Brooks University in Oxford, England, University of Texas, Arlington and Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. Jane has long been an advocate for the artists’ book. Her graduate these, A History of Art Book Publishing in Great Britain, serves as the foundation for many programs and classes she has taught on the art and history of books, including classes on William Morris, the history of the book, as well as artists’ books and social justice movements. In 2008, Jane brought the book arts to the Collins Library and has worked with community members to form Puget Sound Book Artists, an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting book arts. Jane is the curator of numerous exhibits at the Collins Library and currently serves as the Vice-President of the PSBA organization.
Diana Weymar lives in Victoria, BC. She has a studio practice and is the creator of Interwoven Stories, an international textile project. She grew up in the wilderness of Northern British Columbia, studied creative writing at Princeton, and worked in film in New York City. Interwoven Stories has been exhibited and implemented in Colombia, Switzerland, Syria, Canada, and the States. She has worked with, is working with or had a residency with The Zen Hospice Project, The Nantucket Athenaeum, The University of Puget Sound, UMass Amherst, The Peddie School, The Arts Council of Princeton, Build Peace, Trans Tipping Point Project, and The Textile Arts Center (Manhattan). Her work has been exhibited and collected in the States and Canada. She also curated art for the NRG Energy Headquarters in Princeton, NJ.
catalogue: https://www.blurb.com/b/9617368-all-stitched-up