Patricia Zinsmeister Parker
May 21 - July 24, 2011
Patricia Zinsmeister Parker’s Hommage Les Paintres Femmes features 10 large scale contemporary canvases, honoring 10 great women artists who have contributed to the history of art and whose commitment, vision and courage broke with traditional concepts about painting and created a personal artistic vocabulary, both unique and original.
"These women have influenced my work and taught me to be fearless in the pursuit of truth in art."
Patricia Zinsmeister Parker earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Kent State University, the M.F.A. in 1981. Prior to her career in painting, she was a designer for the American Greetings Corporation and a fashion illustrator for a large department store chain in Northeastern Ohio. In 1978, Zinsmeister Parker was invited to teach at the School of Art at the University of Akron, Ohio. For the next 19 years she enjoyed a distinguished career as an educator, and in 1996 was awarded an Educational Research and Development Grant.
Her work now resides in many corporate, private and museum collections, including the archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC., The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, the Canton Museum of Art in Canton, Ohio, and the collections of Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University. In 1996 Zinsmeister Parker was recognized by the Senate of the State of Ohio for induction into the Women’s Hall of Fame for achievements and contributions in the field of Art. She had exhibited at The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC., the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, the Dayton Art Museum, and the Akron Art Museum.
Patricia Zinsmeister Parker, Alice, 6 ft. x 9 ft. latex. acrylic on canvas, 2010