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Patricia Opel

Education

1998 M.A., Counseling in Higher Education, Western Michigan University. Kalamazoo,
Michigan. Licensed Professional Counselor.

1988 M.F.A., Painting, Northern Illinois University. DeKalb, Illinois.

1984 B.F.A., Painting, Western Michigan University. Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Cum Laude.

Professional Honors

2003 Selected by WMU art faculty as one of the top 100 alumni from the past 100 years as part of the WMU Centennial Celebration.

Exhibition Awards

2009 81st Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan.
*Grand Valley State University Purchase Prize.

2007 West Michigan Area Show, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
*Second Place Award.

Change of Seasons Exhibition, White River Gallery, Montague, Michigan.
*Honorable Mention.

“The Show” Annual Competition, Artsplace, Newaygo County Center for the Arts, Fremont, Michigan. *First Place Award in Painting.

2006 78th Regional Competition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan.
*Third Place Award.

1999 Winterfest II, Gallery Upstairs, Grand Haven, Michigan. *Honorable Mention.

1990 Kalamazoo Area Show, Kalamazoo Art Institute, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
*Best of Show Award

1984 Ars Nova Competition, Gallery 200, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb,
Illinois. *Award winner

Kalamazoo Area Show, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo,
Michigan. *Award winner

1983 Annual Art Competition, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan. *Best of Show

Solo & Small Group Exhibitions

2009 Patricia Opel and Timothy Norris: Solo and Collaborative Works, Stubnitz Gallery, Department of Art and Design, Adrian College, Michigan. Two-Person Show.

Through a Crack in the Lake: Collaborative Paintings, Richmond Art Center, Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Two-Person Show.

2008 Through a Crack in the Lake, Rankin Gallery, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan.

2007 Need and Want, Overbrook Gallery, Muskegon Community College, Michigan.

2006 Through a Crack in the Lake, Muskegon Museum of Art, Michigan.

Through a Crack in the Lake, Lansing Art Gallery, Michigan.

2005 Paintings, artist’s showcase, Muskegon Museum of Art, Michigan.

Tribal Roots, Overbrook Gallery, Muskegon Community College. Four-person show.

Through a Crack in the Lake, Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, Albion College, Michigan.

2002 Through a Crack in the Lake, Augustana College Art Museum, Rock Island, Illinois.

Solo Works, Black Hawk College, Moline, Illinois.

2000 Wrestling Natures: Collaborative Paintings, Art Center of Battle Creek,
Battle Creek, Michigan.

Through a Crack in the Lake, Artsplace, Newago County Council for the Arts,
Fremont, Michigan.

1999 Works by Patricia Opel and Timothy Norris, Gallery Upstairs, Grand Haven, Michigan.

1997 Kindred Spirits, Vesuvius Art Gallery, Glenn, Michigan. Two-person show.

Wrestling Natures, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, Michigan.

1996 Streams and Chains, Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan. Albion College,
Albion, Michigan. Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, Michigan.
Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, Michigan. Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw,
Michigan. Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
McCune Art Center, Petoskey, Michigan. Seven-person traveling group show.

1995 Streams and Chains, Artspace, The Center for the Visual Arts, Lima, Ohio.

Senses of Space, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan. Four-person show.

Timothy Norris, Patricia Opel and John Running-Johnson, Fine Arts Gallery
University of Michigan, Flint, Michigan.
Small Paintings on Wood, Kingscott Gallery, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Solo show.

Sunken Cathedral, Traver Rohrback Gallery, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Two-person show.

1994 Recent Work, Davidson Gallery, Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, Michigan.
Solo show.

1992 4 Divers and Sundry, Buckham Fine Arts Project, Flint, Michigan. Four-person show.

1991 New Work, Upjohn Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Solo show.

Recent Work, Weber Gallery, Pikeville College, Pikeville, Kentucky. Solo show.

1990 Patricia Opel, Timothy Norris & John Running-Johnson, South Haven Center for the
Arts, South Haven, Michigan.

1989 New Work, Northern Indiana Arts Association, Munster, Indiana. Solo show.

1988 Recent Paintings, Highland Gallery, Highland Community College.
Freeport, Illinois. Solo show.

1987 What’s New in Art? Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, Illinois.
Three-person invitational show.

1984 Portfolio Series, Light Tight Gallery, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Solo show.

Group Exhibitions

2014 Teachers Show, Fire Barn Gallery, Grand Haven, Michigan.

2011 Upcycling: Creating More with Less, Muskegon Museum of Art, Michigan.

2008 It’s About Time, various locations, Muskegon, Michigan. Artists interpret the theme as part of the annual county-wide Arts and Humanities Festival.

2005 Wheels in Motion, Muskegon Museum of Art, Michigan. Ten artists interpret the theme of technology and humanity as part of the annual county-wide Arts and Humanities Festival.

Water Wonderland: Michigan’s Fragile Resource, Lowell Area Arts Council.
Thirty-two Michigan artists respond to water.

2004 Artist as Educator, Artsplace, Newaygo County Council for the Arts, Fremont, Michigan.

1998 Fall of the House of Usher, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids. Paintings also used in Opera Grand Rapids’ production of The Fall of the House of
Usher by Philip Glass.

1997 In the Garden, Vesuvius Art Gallery, Glenn, Michigan. Invitational Show.

1996 Significant Others, Shelbyville Art Emporium, Shelbyville, Michigan.
National Invitational Show.

1995 Faculty Show, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

University Faculty Exchange Exhibition, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.

1993 Inner Fantasy/Outer Reality, Art Center of Battle Creek, Michigan. Invitational Show.

1992 East Meets West, Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, Michigan.

616 Vessels, Holland Area Art Center, South Haven Center for the Arts,
Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan. Invitational Traveling Exhibition.

1991 Faculty Exhibition, Multi-media Gallery, Dalton Center. Western Michigan
University. Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Fontana Concert Series, Shelbyville Art Emporium, Michigan. Invitational Show.

Faculty work, Calder Gallery, Grand Valley State University,
Allendale, Michigan.

Selected Juried Exhibitions

2013 52nd Greater Michigan Exhibition, Dow Museum of Art and Science, Midland, Michigan.

85th Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan.

2012 84th Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan.

2011 83rd Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan.

2009 81st Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan.

Change of Seasons Juried Exhibition, White Lake Gallery, Montague, Michigan.

2008 48th Greater Michigan Exhibition, Dow Museum of Art and Science, Midland, Michigan.

Social Discourse, Lansing Art Gallery, Michigan.

80th Regional Competition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan.

2007 47th Greater Michigan Exhibition, Dow Museum of Art and Science, Midland, Michigan.

“The Show” Annual Competition, Artsplace, Newaygo County Center for the Arts, Fremont, Michigan.

79th Regional Competition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan.

2006 Back to the Floor, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

78th Regional Competition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan.

2005 Change of Seasons Juried Exhibition, White Lake Gallery, Montague, Michigan.

All Michigan/All Media Competition, Rankin Gallery, Ferris State University,
Big Rapids, Michigan.

Festival 2005/Reginnal Art Exhibition, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids,
Michigan.

2004 All Michigan/All Media Competition, Rankin Gallery, Ferris State University,
Big Rapids, Michigan.

76th Regional Competition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan.

The West Michigan Area Show, The Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

2002 The West Michigan Area Show, The Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

2001 73rd Regional Competition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan.

2000 72nd Regional Competition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan.

1999 71st Regional Competition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan.

1997 69th Regional Competition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan.

1996 Stateline Exhibition, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois. Regional.

Jackson Area Show, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, Michigan.

1995 The All Michigan/All Media Show, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan.

The Kalamazoo Area Show, The Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

1994 The All Michigan/All Media Show, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan.

1993 The All Michigan/All Media Show, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan.

18th Biennial Regional Exhibition, The South Bend Museum of Art,
South Bend, Indiana.

1991 17th Biennial Michiana Art Competition, The Art Center, South Bend, Indiana.

Regional 64, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan.

All Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Association, Birmingham, Michigan.

The All Michigan/All Media Show, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan.

Kalamazoo Area Show, Kalamazoo Art Institute, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
1990 Spiritual Visions: A Liturgical Exhibition, Northern Indiana Arts Association,
Munster, Indiana. Regional.

1989 16th Biennial Michiana Regional Show, South Bend Art Center, South Bend, Indiana.

1988 Ars Nova Competition, Gallery 200, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois.

1987 Norris Gallery Mixed Media Vicinity Exhibition, Delores A. Norris Arts Center.
St. Charles, Illinois.

1986 “Space: New Form/New Function,” Arrowmont Gallery, Arrowmont School
of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. National.

Ars Nova Competition, Gallery 200, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois.

Illinois State Professional Art Exhibition, Herbert Georg Professional Art Gallery, Springfield, Illinois.

Ars Nova Competition, Gallery 200, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. .

Rockford Area Show, Clark Art Center, Rockford College. Rockford, Illinois.

1985 Norris Gallery Mixed Media Vicinity Exhibition, Delora A. Norris Arts Center.
St. Charles, Illinois.

Ars Nova Competition, Gallery 200, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois.

Midwest Exhibition, ArtLink Gallery, Fort Wayne , Indiana. Regional.

1984 Norris Gallery Mixed Media Vicinity Exhibition, Norris Arts Center.
St. Charles, Illinois.

Documentation Highlights

“Artful Alumni.” Review of Through a Crack in the Lake at Western Michigan University by Honore Lee, Kalamazoo Gazette, May 24, 2009.

“Art exhibition steps up quality, presentation,” review of regional exhibit at Muskegon Museum of Art by John Walson, with photo documentation, Muskegon Chronicle, June 8, 2008.

“Abstract shipwrecks make energetic impact,” review of collaborative show at Muskegon Museum of Art by John Walson, with photo documentation, Muskegon Chronicle, February 2006.

“Water inspires artists,” review of exhibit at Lowell Area Arts Council by Gail Philbin, with photo documentation, Grand Rapids Press, October 16, 2005.

“Spirituality key to new exhibit,” article for show at Overbrook Gallery, Muskegon Community College, by Jennifer Meese, with photo documentation, Muskegon Chronicle, January 16, 2005.

“Michigan family offers a glimpse of the crack in the lake,” review of show at Augustana College Art Museum by Julie Jensen, The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, September 22, 2002.

“To know one’s stuff,” review of show curated by Patricia Opel at the Muskegon Museum of Art, by Bill Reed, Muskegon Chronicle, September 6, 1998.

“Personal, professional ties lead to touring show,” review of exhibit at Saginaw Art Museum by Darlene Damp, with photo documentation, Saginaw News, April 12, 1997.

“Vesuvius falls into exhibitions,” article for Kindred Spirits exhibit at Vesuvius Gallery, Allegan County News, September 18, 1997.

“Fontana art opener upholds standards.” Review of show at The Art Emporium, Shelbyville by Amy Sult,
Kalamazoo Gazette, July 31, 1996.

“Artist’s balance contemporary work.” Review of show at University of Michigan-Flint by Mary Ellen
Zang, with photo documentation, Flint Journal, June 11, 1995.

“WMU show more satisfying than past exhibits, review by amy Sult, with photo documentation, Kalamazoo Gazette, September 17, 1995.

“Symbolic explorations found in Opel’s work.” Review of solo show at Kingscott Gallery by Amy Sult, with photo documentation, Kalamazoo Gazette, January, 1995.

“Duality of artists revealed in “Reality” and “Fantasy” art shows.” Review of invitational group show at the Art Emporium and Art Center of Battle Creek by Honore Lee, Kalamazoo Gazette, July, 1993.

“Annual WMU faculty show,” review by Mark Maher with photo documentation, Kalamazoo Gazette, January 31, 1993.

“Buckham show diverse, exciting.” Review of 4 Divers and Sundry by Wilma Romatz, Flint Journal, June 21, 1992.

Exhibition Catalogue: “Spiritual Visions: A Liturgical Exhibition,” with photo documentation. Northern Indiana Arts Association, Munster, Indiana, 1991.

New View magazine with photo documentation of “Red Ringing”, Summer 1990.

Related Projects, Presentations, Jurying, & Visiting Artist Engagements

2009 Visiting Artist, Department of Art and Design, Adrian College, Michigan.

Gallery Talk, Richmond Art Center, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

2008 Gallery Talk, Rankin Gallery, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan.

Co-juror, “Safety Awareness Challenge:” county-wide 3rd grade student art competition sponsored by county Prosecutor’s Office.

2006 Workshop presenter: Early Childhood Conference, Muskegon Community College,
Muskegon, Michigan. “Art and Preschoolers- Drawing as a foundation for writing.”

Radio Interview: Through a Crack in the Lake at the Muskegon Museum of Art,
WBLV Blue Lake Public Radio, Grand Rapids-Muskegon metro region.

2005 Radio Interview: Universe at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, WBLV Blue Lake Public Radio, Grand Rapids-Muskegon metro region.

2002 Visiting Artist: Augustana College and Black Hawk College, Quad Cities, Illinois.

1998 Paintings in Opera Grand Rapids’ The Fall of the House of Usher by Philip Glass.

Juror: Art in the Park Art Fair, Muskegon Museum of Art.

1995-98 Co-curator: Streams and Chains: Traveling show of seven Michigan artists. Artspace-Lima, Ohio, Michigan sites: Albion College, Adrian College, Muskegon Community College, Lansing Art Gallery, Saginaw Art Museum, Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie; McCune Art Center, Petoskey.
1996 Guest Curator. “Our Stuff: From Flamingos to Tiffany Glass” Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan.

1991-92 Workshop Instructor: Michigan Youth Arts Festival, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

1990 Radio Interview: Timothy Norris, Patricia Opel, John Running-Johnson Exhibition at South Haven Center of the Contemporary Arts, WMUK Public Radio, Kalamazoo.

1989 Visiting Artist Lecture. Pikeville College. Pikeville Kentuky.

Work Experience

2009-present Owner/Operator, Kook’s Eye Gallery, Pentwater, Michigan.

2002-present Adjunct Art Instructor and Gallery Co-Curator, Muskegon Community College.
Muskegon, Michigan.

1998-2001 Program Counselor, Grand Valley State University, Higher Education Center,
Muskegon, Michigan.

1998-2003 Adjunct Counselor, Muskegon Community College. Muskegon, Michigan.

1988-1996 Academic Art Advisor & Instructor, Western Michigan University. Kalamazoo, Michigan.

1991 Adjunct Professor, Grand Valley State University. Allendale, Michigan.

1988-1989 Exhibitions Assistant, Western Michigan University. Kalamazoo, Michigan.

1986-1988 Drawing Instructor, Northern Illinois University. DeKalb, Illinois.

1984-1986 Graduate Director’s Assistant, Northern Illinois University. DeKalb, Illinois.