ACTIVATE: Market Street Featured Artist: Patricia Dahlman

Patricia Dahlman was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and studied art at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and Yale University Summer School of Art and Music in Norfolk, Connecticut. Dahlman has lived and worked as an artist in Seattle, San Francisco and the New York City area. She has received a New Jersey Printmaking Fellowship to Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, 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, and a Gallery Aferro Studio Residency. Dahlman has exhibited her work all over the United States and has been included in exhibitions at George Adams Gallery in NYC, Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA, The Center for Book Arts in NYC, and the New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Library. 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 Brunswick, NJ.

During the last decade, I have focused on making sculpture and two dimensional works by cutting out forms in canvas, then stuffing and sewing the forms together. These stuffed, sewn forms are either stitched using different colors of thread or covered with colors of fabric. The stitching or fabric covering is like drawing or painting and I like the color, light and surface the thread or fabric make on the stuffed canvas. The stitching on the forms is usually narrative and sometimes based on photographs that I take, or worked from photographs from news magazines and off the internet. The sewn forms that are covered with fabric are simplified and more minimal and contrast different colors and shapes. The work is figurative but influenced by abstract art. It is sometimes humorous and often political. The subject matter is taken from personal thoughts, experiences in my life, and reactions to political events around the world. For more information visit

To view Patricia’s work along with many other fascinating artist’s pieces live, stop by 75 Market Street, 77 Market Street, 85 Market Street and 93 Market Street in Newark New Jersey.

The new rotation will begin October 10th 2013 at dusk. Come by and experience the night life.


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