Color has interested Patricia Zannie since she sat in her high chair during World War II, falling in love with her first box of crayons. As a “Modern” mixed media, collage artist, she continues to incorporate crayons, along with oil pastels, inks and paint into her art works over 68 years later. She attended Summer Art Camp at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY at the age of six and was exhibiting her artwork in pastels and fashion designs, winning “Gold Key” awards in the Scholastic Art Exhibitions while in grammar school.
As an “Honors” student in high school, Patricia majored in the Fine Arts and continued to win “Gold Key” awards in the Scholastic Art Exhibitions, as well as receiving “Outstanding Student” awards from the VFW in two consecutive years. She was elected into the National Honor Society, as well as President of the Student Council.
Patricia Zannie received a BS (Cum Laude) from LeMoyne College, in Syracuse, NY, and worked as an Investigative Economist for 31-1/2 years for the Federal Government. She is listed in several of the Marquis Who’s Who Biographies, including “Who’s Who of Southern Scientists and Engineers,” “Who’s Who of America,” “Who’s Who of American Women” and “Who’s Who of Junior Colleges.”
Patricia received her Fine Arts degree from the Maryland College of Art & Design (MCAD) winning numerous awards as a student and has been teaching concepts of creativity and design at the School of Art & Design at Montgomery College (formerly MCAD) for the past 13 years. She and her collage titled “Canyon” were featured in the “50/50=100%” faculty and alumni exhibit. She also represented Alumni in the “State of the Arts at Montgomery College’s School of Arts & Design Cafritz Art Center” which appeared both on TV and on the web (HIPHOP Takeover and Teletube Archive). She lectures and conducts workshops for various art organizations on aspects of “Exploring Creativity,” “Collage” and the “Principles of Design.” Her students also have won numerous awards in various venues in the Mid-Atlantic States.
Patricia Zannie received the Montgomery County 2003 Path of Achievement Award in Arts and Humanities for her personal perseverance and dedication to further her own education as well as assist others at developing access and expressions of individual creativity through the visual arts. Interviews were written in the Senior Beacon and covered on local TV.
Patricia Zannie completed an “internship” training and worked several years as a volunteer crisis intervention counselor at the Bethesda MD Crisis Center. She also volunteered as a docent for the historic Glenview Mansion in Rockville, MD.
As a member of the Rockville Art League, and on its Board of Directors, Patricia has won numerous First Place awards in their semi-annual juried member shows on exhibition at the Glenview Mansion over the past twenty years.
Patricia was invited to join and unanimously juried into the Foundry Gallery in 2007 and participates in both solo and group shows at the gallery each year.
She also was invited to exhibit her work at the Dennis & Philip Ratner Museum and is a current member of the Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD (Maryland Federation of Artists) and has both exhibited her collages and won awards in their juried member exhibitions. She also is a member of the Rehoboth Beach Art League and the Writer’s Center of Bethesda, MD.