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Gallery Talk with Patty Hudak

- Richard F. Brush Art Gallery

Patty Hudak is an artist living in Underhill, Vermont, whose work embodies philosophy and processes linked to Ireland, China, and Japan. While living in China, her work evolved to include theories of ink painting and process and contains influences by the mystical Irish poet WB Yeats. In Japan, she studied traditional woodblock printing and carving, which she is using for both print and installation work. She is a member of three global art collectives, including the Mokuhanga Sisters. 

In 2016, 2017, and 2019 Hudak was artist-in-residence at Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory (MI-LAB) in Fujikawaguchiko, Japan, where she studied traditional woodblock printing with Japanese master printers and carvers, as well as private study with carving master Motoharu Asaka. She served as a juror for the 2017 College Women’s Association of Japan 61st Print Show and was art manager for the 2016 College Women’s Association Exhibition Intimate Dimensions. She has been a guest lecturer at the Irish Embassy, Beijing; the US Embassy Beijing's American Center (2013), and Beijing Normal University (2012), and served as artist-in-residence at Harrow International School Beijing (2014-2015). She was awarded the Being 3 Gallery Geography Projects Award in 2015 for her installation Sailing to Byzantium. In addition to practicing art, she has curated group exhibitions at the Southern Vermont Art Center; Nishimachi Art Space in Tokyo, Japan; and XYZ Gallery in Beijing, China.

Since 2005, she has practiced art in Hong Kong SAR; Beijing, China; Tokyo, Japan; Sligo, Ireland; and Vermont, USA. She is a recipient of the Vermont Arts Council's 2018-2019 Creation Grant, Vermont Artists to Watch in 2020, and the International Mokuhanga Conference 2021 Awagami Paper Award.

Patty Hudak's gallery talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Wood Paper Ink, on display at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery from September 12 to October 8, 2022.