patricia olynyk

Member Since November 28, 2006

Patricia Olynyk is an artist and educator whose work frequently employs microscopy, biomedical imaging technologies and other methodologies found in the life sciences to explore the nature of life at the micro and macro levels. She is the Director of the Graduate School of Art and the Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to her appointment at Washington University in 2007, Olynyk taught at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she directed the Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Visitors Program and the Roman J. Witt Visiting Faculty Program. In 2005, she became the first non-scientist appointed to the University of Michigan’s Life Sciences Institute. Olynyk obtained her MFA degree with Distinction from the California College of the Arts and then studied Japanese contemporary art for four years as a Monbusho Scholar and Tokyu Foundation Research Scholar at Kyoto Seika University. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at: the Brooklyn Museum; the New York Hall of Science; the Museo del Corso in Rome; Galleria Grafica and the Saitama Modern Art Museum in Japan; the Universität der Künste, Berlin; the Denise Bibro Gallery in New York and the Toby Moss Gallery in Los Angeles. In 2005, she created the installation Sensing Terrains, for the rotunda of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Olynyk was recently awarded a Francis C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine Fellowship at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; and the Analogous Fields: Art + Science Residency from the Banff Center in Canada.