Patricia Dahlman


Patricia Dahlman is a New Jersey based artist who makes sculpture and two dimensional works using fabric and thread.

I have focused on making sculpture and two dimensional works by cutting out forms in canvas and then sewing and stuffing the forms together. I cover these forms by drawing on them with thread or cover them with fabric. The work varies in size from small individual pieces to installation. I have also have been working two dimensionally on paper both drawing on, sewing fabric and photographs into the paper. Recently, I have been making public art works for social justice organizations to be shown in commercial businesses in urban settings.

Dahlman has received a Newark Creative Catalyst Grant, a New Jersey Printmaking Fellowship to the Brodsky Center, two Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowships to attend Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for Creative Arts, a Puffin Foundation Grant Award, a Yaddo Artist Residency, a Gallery Aferro Studio Residency and was Artist in Residence at SLAK Atelier in Arnhem, Netherlands. Dahlman also participated in Aljira Emerge and the Creative Capital Professional Blending Learning Program for New Jersey artists. Dahlman has been included in exhibitions at George Adams Gallery in NYC, Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA, The Center for Book Arts in NYC, New York Public Library, Mid- Manhattan Library and ODETTA Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. She has shown her work at Aljira, Gallery Aferro, Index Art Center and Robeson Galleries. In 2010 Dahlman had a one person exhibition “The Art and Science of Happiness: Patricia Dahlman,” as part of the Dana Women Artist Series, at Rutgers University in New Jersey. In recent years Dahlman has made two Public Art Works for “Windows of Understanding” in New Brunswick, NJ. Presently Dahlman is an artist-in-residence at Index Art Center in Newark, NJ.


Selected Works