Artist Biography

Early Life

Born in Beloit, Wisconsin, Pamela M. Parsons attended public school in Milwaukee, and thrived on its many youth programs for art and music. Winner of a National Scholastic Art Portfolio Award, Ms. Parsons attended and graduated from Boston University with a BFA. She later continued study at Indiana University, earning an MFA in Painting in 1990, with professors Barry Gealt, Robert Barnes, and Bonnie Sklarski.

As a child, she spent summers with her family in Guatemala, as her father, a pre-Columbian archaeologist, directed various digs –

Ms. Parsons’ eclectic works in painting and collage derive much from her exposure to European and Central American art and culture. As a child, she spent summers with her family in Guatemala, as her father, pre-Columbian archaeologist Lee A. Parsons, directed various digs under the sponsorship of the Milwaukee Public Museum. She has since traveled to major art hubs in Europe, frequenting northern Italy for graduate and post-graduate study.

Career

In Thomaston, Maine, Ms. Parsons maintains a summer studio and seasonal gallery, “Black Falcon”, where she displays her paintings inspired by the midcoast working waterfront. Her works in oil or collage can be seen at the gWatson Gallery in Stonington on Deer Isle, and in various local seasonal shows.

Ms. Parsons lives and works in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts at Marywood University in Scranton. She has taught drawing and painting to graduate and upper level art students for twenty-five years. Together with colleague/art historian Dr. Linda Dugan Partridge, she co-developed a multidisciplinary course, “Green Piece: Art and Nature in America”. The on-going class focuses on how we see our natural world, from the early naturalist explorers featuring John J. Audubon, to the current environmental artist movement. As the course evolved, Ms. Parsons and Dr. Partridge invited environmental artists to campus. Internationally acclaimed artist Patricia Johanson took an interest in the school and was commissioned to design an innovative land-use project for a section of university property. The scarred site, reclaimed from anthracite coal mining, typifies the landscape that unfortunately dominates the coal producing region of the Eastern United States. (Construction of Johanson’s “Mary’s Garden” is pending.)

Ms. Parsons is a recipient of the F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. Her art works are represented in public and private collections nationally, including those of John Mellencamp, the Sheldon Swope Art Museum and the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art in Indiana.

 

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