Areas of Study
Patrick Schmidt is an associate professor in the Department of Art. He began at W&J in fall of 2002 and he teaches all levels of painting, drawing, and two and three-dimensional design, and has taught printmaking, screen-printing and digital imaging. He regularly takes students to New York City and Washington, D.C. on art-related trips. In January of 2006, he and ten students traveled to Italy to paint and draw from the Renaissance masters.
His primary research interests focus on juxtapositions, how color affects perception, material, patterns as cultural motifs, and how technology is changing visual culture. Currently, Mr. Schmidt is exploring the ideas of space by considering how we perceive, interact, and experience paintings and drawings within a specific context. The structure and format of the current works explore relationships in-between defined disciplines while creating a space in which to play.
His exhibition record is extensive, including solo and group shows in Kansas City, St. Paul, Tallahassee, Pittsburgh, Santa Monica, the District of Columbia, and New York City. Mr. Schmidt's paintings have been featured three times in the juried periodical, New American Paintings, most recently in the April 2005 issue. He was juried into New Art International for the 2003-4 edition published by Book Art Press.