Canadian artist, Nancy-Lou Patterson, Died at 89


Nancy-Lou Patterson was born on September 5, 1929, in Worcester, Massachusetts and died on October 15, 2018.

She was a Canadian artist, writer, and curator.

Nancy-Lou Patterson was recognized for her writing and artistic work related to topics ranging from folklore and fantasy to liturgical design and Indigenous art, she was responsible for the founding of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo.

Nancy’s parents, originally from Seattle, Washington, were academics and the family resided in various parts of the northern United States, with Patterson spending much of her childhood in Illinois.

Her family went back to Seattle at the start of World War I where she attended high school and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1951.

Following graduation from the University of Washington, Patterson put in two years instructing at the University of Kansas and as a logical illustrative for the Smithsonian before coming back to Seattle to function as a teacher at the Seattle University.

In 1962 Patterson moved to Waterloo, Ontario with her better half E Palmer Patterson II, of New Orleans, where he had acknowledged a situation at the University of Waterloo.

Following the move, Patterson started training compelling artwork and craftsmanship history courses at Renison College before tolerating a situation as Director of Art and Curator at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery in 1964.

Her association in workmanship activities on grounds prompted the establishment of the Fine Arts Group in 1968.

The gathering advanced into the Department of Fine Arts, for which she filled in as Department Chair twice (1968– 1974, 1979– 1982).

At first offering general and respect degrees in studio workmanship, craftsmanship history and film ponders, the division developed to present a Master of Fine Arts program in 1993.

Patterson resigned from the University of Waterloo in 1992.

Inside a year she was named Distinguished Professor Emerita and got a privileged specialist of letters from Wilfrid Laurier University.

A functioning supporter of nearby workmanship activities Patterson filled in as society craftsman in-living arrangement at Schneider Haus in 1999.

The last long stretches of her life were spent in a long haul care office following an analysis of Alzheimer’s ailment in the mid 2000s.

Her effect on the nearby craftsmanship network was broadly perceived through an assortment of distinctions and grants.

She was named Oktoberfest’s first Woman of the Year in 1985, was given a K-W Arts Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998 and was enlisted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame in 2004.

Nancy-Lou Patterson passed away at 89 years old, in Kitchener.


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