Patricia D. Maloney, M.F.A.
Professor of Art
Patricia Maloney, M.F.A., currently teaches ceramics, beginning drawing, and 2D & 3D Design courses at Washington & Jefferson College. In the past, she has taught courses in sculpture, women in the arts, and independent study courses. She is the advisor for W&J’s art education program, grades K-12.
Her interests include casting, hand building porcelain, installation, and portraiture.
She led a student study abroad trip to Japan to study ceramic wood firing, during which she and students traveled to visit studio potters, art galleries, museums, and Buddhist temples.
Her personal travels to Haiti, India, and Africa inspire her work, including small sculptures that focus on topics of global importance. Work from her show “A Child’s Story” was selected for the NCECA Visual Voices and Truth Narratives exhibit in 2018.
Maloney is recipient of two Fulbright Scholar Sr. Lecture Research awards in art to Ghana to teach ceramics, sculpture, and 3D Design and study the clays and art of the indigenous potters in the villages. She also traveled through the slums in India as a volunteer and vaccinated the children against polio. Her other volunteer work includes serving as the merit badge counselor in art for the Brownies, Webloes and Boy Scouts of America. She regularly volunteers for the FLM Haiti medical mission trip, teaching Haitians to use water filters and working in the vision clinic.
She was a research fellow at the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., where she worked in ceramic archaeology in the Department of Anthropology. She worked on pottery from a site in Bab edh-Dhra and Numeira, Jordan. She also served as an instructor of the resident associate studio arts program during her time there, teaching the course “Earth, Fire and Water: Ancient Handbuilt Pottery Techniques.”
Maloney wants students to know their art applies to multiple disciplines and encourages students to pursue experiences outside of the classroom.
Find more information on her work at patriciamaloney.org.