Patty Ortiz

Patty Ortiz portrait

Patty Ortiz

I am a visual artist working between San Antonio, Texas and Brooklyn, New York. I work in all visual media from drawing to video. I collaborate with others to make performances that are somewhere between social practice and institutional critique. Alongside my career as an artist, I also served the non-profit sector as a museum director. I continue to participate on the boards of several arts organizations.

Working in the fields of art, curation, and non-profit management has allowed me to create a hybrid artistic practice somewhere between private and public spheres. As an Indio-American my projects and artworks are built upon questions about cultural identity and place. What is the relationship between place and ownership? Who occupies what territory and why? What is feminine representation if you do not see your image reflected in our media-based culture? How can I make images that represent everyone, everywhere, always?

My art has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally including in Mexico City, Valdivia, Chile, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The series Work Won’t Kill You (2018-15) has been presented at such venues as SALT Quarters, Syracuse, NY; Art Produce, San Diego, CA; Terminal Gallery, San Antonio, TX; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO; and at Emmanuel College, Boston, MA. Collaborations with Dreamers—DACA recipients—include Citizenship Parade (2020) with MCA DENVER; I AM HERE, Luminaria Festival, San Antonio, TX and I EXIST, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO.

My recent collaborations have been with New York based performance artist George Emilio Sanchez. They include the traveling performance/video/text project In the Court of the Conqueror (2022) (schedule dates under NEWS) and the durational performance unlocking the cages of captivity while sitting on a park bench (2022), Columbus Park Brooklyn, NY. Over the years my work has been recognized by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts Inter‑Arts Program and the Colorado Council on the Arts. I have been an artist-in-residence at Ucross, Wyoming, Art Produce, San Diego, CA, and the Santa Fe Art Institute, NM. My most prominent public art commissions to date have been with The Jeppeson Corporation in Frankfort, Germany, the City of Boulder, CO and the Denver International Airport, CO.