Patricia Healy McMeans
Patricia Healy McMeans is a transdisciplinary artist, writer, and independent producer, creating situations which explore the collaborative social studio. She asks, What if this Site opens up to these Creative Players for this length of time? What is the alchemy that occurs here, within this rhizome, and the texture of the creativity produced? How does this change the Players involved, and, simultaneously, the public audience? These social studios often occupy unclaimed urban spaces (i.e. – underneath the greenway overpass), empty storefronts in transition, and, recently, rural situations found in working farms (Night Owl Farm, North Branch MN) and manse-filled villages (Gifford, Scotland). Often her own physical, sculptural interventions into these sites arrive at small structural or architectural changes from which the social studio then commences. The manifestation or residue of the collaborative social studio event lives on in video, drawings, screen prints, performance, and/or podcast.
Since 2012, she has collaborated in an experimental artists’ residency project in Minneapolis called Ten Chances, No Hustle. This iterative project involves up to 10 international artists coming together for three weeks each season to experiment and research: a “think tank” for artists. In 2015, she formed a structure for 6 trans-continental artists to move between Scotland and Minnesota, a rhizomatic space for speculation and play. This forms the crux of her current academic project at Edinburgh College of Art.
She teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and holds her BFA from there in Media Arts: Film. She went on for her MFA in Sculpture at University of Minnesota, studying under Tom Rose. She has collaborated much in the past 10 years: with the good folks at formerly Art of This gallery in South Minneapolis, Katinka Galanos to run the Duets Series at formerly Quincy Street Projects, and Christopher dela Pole to curate and produce Pay Attention: GM08, the first large survey exhibition of the Greater Minneapolis emerging contemporary art scene at the Soap Factory, which went on to become the Biennial. She also co-curated the international traveling exhibition 8x8x8 MSP/LON/NYC in 2006-07 which journeyed both the work and its 24 artists from Minneapolis to London and then New York over an 18-month duration. In 2011, she produced a project entitled NOT-BOOK: This Is Not a Book, a 102-page plus enhanced CD publication.
Her collaborative strategies, which harness both site and social situation, continue to place the artist first and create opportunities for artists to move.