Patty Carmody Smith

I love to combine materials and techniques; this makes mixed media a perfect fit for expressing my artistic vision. There are unlimited ways to combine media and my willingness to explore a variety of these keeps me excited about my work. I find myself enthusiastic about spending time in my studio, where I feel propelled by momentum from previous bodies of work.

My style relies equally on intuition and discipline. When I have an idea, I do my best to figure out how to realize it and expand my skill set as necessary. This approach enables me to embrace both the fun and the tedious aspects of being a working artist. Carving Styrofoam, cutting glass, searching for the perfect adhesive or substrate is balanced by meditative hours deeply involved in creating.

Ultimately, it is my goal to create interesting and engaging works of art that are beautiful and bring joy to the viewer.

The Process

I developed this sculptural process in order to make figures that would stand without bases. For the armatures, I carve Styrofoam and fill it with a core of plaster and sand for weight. The carved form is then covered with papier mache, with a final layer of air-drying clay. Patina is achieved with acrylic paint and wax. I sometimes cover the painted surfaces with glass mosaic.

Solo Exhibitions

Lanesboro Arts Center, 2011

Group Exhibitions

Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition 1995, 2004, 2007, 2016
Menagerie, Minnetonka Ctr for the Arts 2016
Hopkins Ctr for the Arts, Member Show 2015-2017 Award of Merit 2016
Primavera, Plymouth MN 2013-2017 Award of Excellence 2014, 2015
Garden Show, Minnetonka Ctr for the Arts 2012, 2013, 2015
Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI 2014
Hudson and New Richmond Hospital Healing Arts Program, WI 2012, 2014
Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Member Salon 2011, Honorable Mention
Plymouth Congregational Church, Invitational, Minneapolis, MN, 2011
Minnetonka Center for the Arts Faculty Show, 2010-2017
Art of the Doll, MN State Fair Fine Arts Building,, 2010
Bird Show, Edina Art Center, Edina MN 2010 Merit Award
Art of the Doll, Robbin Gallery, Robbinsdale MN 2010
Minnetonka Ctr for the Arts Figure Show, Minnetonka MN 2009, 2014
Minnetonka Ctr for the Arts Community Gallery, Ridgedale Center 2009-2017
Mentor/Protégé Exhibition, Textile Ctr of MN 2008
Art of the Doll, Pump House, LaCrosse, WI, 2006
Franklin Bank Community Art Show, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2006
St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota,, invitational fiber show 2005
Colonial Church, Edina, Minnesota, invitational fiber show 1996, 1998
Minnesota Crafts Council juried member shows, 1997, 1999
Frank Stone Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, two-person show, 2000, 2002
Textile Center of Minnesota, member show, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson Wisconsin, 2001
Lake Elmo Art Center, invitational fiber show, 2002
Elk River Arts Alliance, juried show, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2011


Bachelor’s degree in Art, University of Wisconsin at River Falls
Mentorship program through the Textile Center of Minnesota 2007-2008


Eden Prairie, Minnesota


American Crafts Council
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Hopkins Center for the Arts

Patty Carmody Smith