Patricia Miranda is an artist, curator, and educator, using interdisciplinary projects to build connections between art, science, history and culture. She is founder of MAPSpace, a gallery and project space in Port Chester, NY.
As an artist, my studio work draws from the language of materiality, the tactile, and its beginnings in nature - from the plant, the flower, the stone, to its shaping by human culture into art. An insect, a dye, a book, hold and bring autonomous histories, they are intimate collaborators in the art-making/meaning-making process.
As an educator my concerns are bearing witness; to support and facilitate an individual vision distinct from my own, and to engage that vision through the material spaces of art. Attention to language alongside a "making thinking" model of cognition nurtures the innate, experiential, body-bound, intelligence of every human being. I learn as much as I teach.
As a curator, I juxtapose traditionally distinct disciplines - artistic, scientific, technological, material, and historical, for a dynamic conversation, one that asks rather than answers.
As an artist-citizen and artist advocate, I am interested in creating alternate economies for artistic expression, through artist-run culture, collaboration, and community.
Miranda has been Visiting Artist at Vermont Studio Center, the Heckscher Museum, and University of Utah; Visiting Lecturer at Purchase College SUNY, Kutztown University, WCC Peekskill Center for Digital Arts; and been awarded residencies at Weir Farm, I-Park, Julio Valdez Printmaking Studio, and Vermont Studio Center. She has received grants from ArtsWestchester/New York State Council on the Arts, and an NEA grant working with homeless youth. Miranda is the first Practitioner-in-Residence at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven, and served as director and curator of the Gallery at Concordia College-NY from 2008-12. Miranda develops education programs for K-12, museums, and institutions, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution, and Franklin Furnace. She has exhibited at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; the Cape Museum of Fine Art, Cape Cod MA; the Belvedere Museum, Vienna Austria; Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY; and Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY.