Anne Patterson

Anne Patterson

Stage Director and Production Designer

"I have synesthesia - I see an incredible magnificence of colors and shapes when I hear music, the smells of spring trigger a play of light in my mind and my primary numbers have personalities. My art is a response to the natural world. Whether through painting, sculpture or installation, I try to render my reality into physical forms - the immense light of the sun, the movement of the rippling leaves, the abstract shape of the crashing waves against the rocks. I strive to create work that transports us into a multisensory realm, similar to that which I've inhabited for my entire life, and deepens our relationship to the beauty around us." - Anne Patterson

Anne Patterson has said “My art is a response to the natural world. Whether through painting, sculpture or installation I try to render my reality into physical forms - the immense light of the sun, the movement of the rippling leaves, the abstract shape of the crashing waves against the rocks. Often my work is a visual response to a specific piece of music. I have synesthesia – I see an incredible magnificence of colors and shapes when I hear music, the smells of spring trigger a play of light in my mind and my primary numbers have personalities. I strive to create work that transports us into a multi-sensory realm, similar to that which I’ve inhabited for my entire life, and deepens our relationship to the beauty around us.”

Patterson began her career in the theater, designing sets for multiple productions at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. and the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. She then began to create installations and direction for orchestras such as San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and American Symphony Orchestra. In doing so, Anne has pioneered a new area of design for symphonic presentations. Sculpture, scenery, lighting, costume, and projections combine to create installations that are a visual response to the music. Anne has received praise by both media and industry professionals; The Bay Area Reporter said "Director Patterson's designs were enormously effective... the performance had most of the sold-out crowd on their feet and cheering,” on her work with the San Francisco Symphony, and Stephen Sondheim said he “was knocked out by the visuals” for Anne’s design and direction for Passion.

Patterson’s major installation, Graced With Light - The Ribbon Project, was created as 2013 Artist in Residence at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, CA. Twenty miles of ribbon interact with the cathedral's vaulted ceiling arches, carrying prayers, dreams, and wishes of people skyward. Immensely popular, Anne’s installation has been extended through December 2014.

Based in New York, Anne’s fine art has been exhibited in New York City; Providence, RI; Atlanta, GA and Seville, Spain. Her paintings and sculptures are in private, public, and corporate collections across the USA and in London. She was awarded a Creative Capital Grant from the Warhol Foundation, won the 2013 Gold Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year - Business Services, is a fellow of the Hermitage Artist’s Retreat, and has been a visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Education - B.A. Architecture, Yale University, M.F.A. Theater Design, The Slade School of Art, London UK.


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