Patricia Cronin is a New York based conceptual visual artist. Since the early-90's, Cronin has garnered international attention for her photographs, paintings and sculptures that address contemporary human rights issues of gender and sexuality. Slyly reinvigorating traditional images and forms with social justice themes, her critically acclaimed statue, "Memorial To A Marriage," a 3 ton Carrara marble mortuary sculpture of her life partner and herself was made before gay marriage was legal in the U.S., and has been exhibited widely across the country and abroad. Cronin began her career working for the Anne Frank House installing the traveling exhibition “Anne Frank in the World” in Europe and the U.S.
Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at museums and galleries; including American Academy in Rome Art Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, Tulane University, Deitch Projects, Brent Sikkema, White Columns and ConnerSmith. In 2013 she was honored as the only contemporary artist ever invited to have a one person exhibition at the Capitoline Museum’s converted powerplant, Centrale Montemartini Museo in Rome, Italy.
Important international museum shows include: Massimiliano Gioni’s NYC 1993: Experimental, Jet Set, Trash and No Star, New Museum, New York; Sean Glashan’s Sh(OUT): Contemporary Art and Human Rights, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; and Frank Wagner’s Just Different, Cobra Museum, Amsterdam.
Her work is in numerous permanent public collections including; Deutsche Bank, New York; National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Collection, Washington DC; Perez Art Museum Miami; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; and Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Museum, and many private collections including David Zwirner and Chuck Close.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Rome Prize in Visual Art from the American Academy in Rome (2007), where she is now a trustee, an Andy Warhol Foundation Grant (2012), an Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2009), a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship (2009), a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant (2007), and two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants (1998, 1995), among others.
She received a BFA from Rhode Island College, was awarded a Battell Stoeckel Fellowship at Yale University, studied at Skowhegan School of Art and received a MFA from Brooklyn College. She has been on the graduate faculty at both Columbia University and Yale University, and is Professor of Art at Brooklyn College of The City University of New York since 2003.