Patricia Underwood is a Washington based mixed media artist / printmaker who uses materials and symbols in sophisticated and subtle ways. Her work has been described as evocative, complex and richly textured.  Content encompasses nature, human spirituality and healing.  After studying the Japanese language, she began to interpret music (a universal language) through her own visual calligraphy, which finds it’s way into almost all of her work.

Bodies of work have included a series of symbolic lullabies, pictographic portraits and “Bimbos and Goddesses”, a series of etchings pairing Neolithic and contemporary images of women.  “Signs of Life” sprang from depiction of the human soul in symbols, undertaken for a collaborative book of prints. The artist’s version now resides in the Artist’s Book Collection of the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC.  “Healing Shields” takes on issues such as domestic violence, globalization and racism, to name a few. “Nine Children” addresses the price going to war exacts upon innocent victims.  The Arawak series studies the only visual traces left of the near extinct America tribe for which it is named.  The “Etudes”seris incorporates her own visual calligraphy with classical violin scores.


“At the Table”, the latest body of work uses her signature symbols to explore the simple yet very complex act of coming ‘to the table’ to be fed.


She has exhibited nationally and internationally, at venues including the Corcoran Museum and two solo shows in Warsaw in 2007. Her work is included in numerous private collections as well as the Artist's Book Collection of the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. and several other institutional collections.

Patricia Underwood obtained her BFA from Miami University, Oxford, OH, and her MFA from Washington University, St Louis, MO.  She has taught drawing, printmaking, visual foundations and color theory at several schools, including the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD.  Her studio/home is located in Castleton, VA.   


Solo Exhibitions 

2017 NIH, Bethesda, MD

2014 Linden Vineyards, Linden, VA

2013 NIH, Bethesda, MD

2012 Middle Street Gallery, Sperryville, VA

2011 Narmada Winery, Amissville, VA

2010 Middle Street Gallery, Sperryville, VA

2007 Gallery Viviann Napp, Easton, MD 

2005 Sweet Mango Cafe, Washington, DC

2004 Parish Gallery, Washington, DC 

2002 Paul Heck Humanities Institute, Rockville, MD 

2003 Retrospective, Landon Gallery, Bethesda, MD

1998 Lammas Bookstore/Gallery, Washington, DC

1996 Mansion Art Gallery, Rockville, MD 

1995 Artist's Gallery, Frederick, MD

1994 Manson Art Gallery, Rockville, MD

1992 Woodmont Gallery, Bethesda, MD 

1990 Gudelsky Gallery, Silver Spring, MD 

1985 Inuit Gallery, Chicago, IL

1981 Sutton Loop Gallery, St. Louis, MO


Selected Exhibitions 

2018  DCAC, Washington, “Prints From Lily Press”, DC Susan Goldman, curator

2017 Mary Condon Hodgson Gallery,FCC, Frederick, MD

NOMA Gallery Invitational, Frederick, MD

Joan Hisaoka Arts Gallery, Washington, DC, “Alchemical Vessels 

2016 Haley Fine Art, Sperryville, VA, Spring Group Show 

2015 December Holiday Group Show, Haley Fine Art, Sperryville, VA

Castleton Festival, Castleton, VA

“Emulsion”, Gallery OonH, Washington, DC

Middle Street Gallery, Sperryville, VA

2014  The  World is going to Hell, and I am Printing Yellow”, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD

2013  "Alchemical Vessels”, Joan Hisaoka Arts Gallery, Washington, DC 

“Rappahannock Creates”, Confluent Gallery, River District Arts, Sperryville, VA

 In Unison: 20 Washington DC Artists, George Masion University, Fairfax, VA

 “Present Day Oracles”, Joan Hisaoka Arts Gallery, Washington, DC

  Brooke Seidelman, Curator

2012 In Unison: 20 Washington DC Artists, Confluent Gallery, Sperryville, VA

 In Unison: 20 Washington DC Artists, Wilmer Jennings Gallery, NY, NY                          In Unison: 20 Washington DC Artists, Capitol One Bank, Tysons Corner, V-

2010 Middle Street Gallery, New Members Show

2007 Encaustic Works 07, Joan Snyder Curator; Kingston, NY & Ball State U, Muncie, IN

2006 Galeria Delfiny, Warsaw, Poland

2004 Celebration of Women:  Vision and Movement, Edison Place Gallery, Washington, DC

2003 Symbol & Metaphor, Open Studio, Chevy Chase, MD

Artscapes 2003, Morgan St. University, Baltimore, MD; Eric Briscoe, Curator

 Digital Prints, Parish Gallery, Washington, DC; Norman Parish Curator

  Twist, WPA/Corcoran, Washington, DC; Malynda Mower, Curator

2001 Women's Work, Intercultural Museum/Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2000 Art Is, Fulton Street Gallery, Troy, NY; Mary Ann Staniszewski, Curator

Snapshot, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD

The Shape of Content, Delaplaine Art Center, Frederick, MD

Artscapes 2000, City Hall Courtyard Gallery, Baltimore, MD;

Jeanne March Davis,Curator

 Reflections, Hodson Art Gallery, Hood College, Frederick, MD

1998  Artsites '98, MAP, Baltimore, MD; Tex Andrews, Curator

 Painting 98', Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, Holly Block, Curator10th National Drawing/Print Exhibit, College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD;

1997  Submerged Egos, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD; Barbara Kerne, Curator

Celebration of the Arts, Governor's Mansion, Annapolis, MD,

Francoise Yohalem, Curator

1996 Fourth Annual Open, Resurgam Gallery, Baltimore, MD; J.W. Mahoney, Curator

1995 Hoyt National Art Show, Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts,  New Castle, PA;

Louis Fishman, Curator

Re-Generation, Pyramid Atlantic, Riverdale, MD; Samuel Hoi, Dean, Corcoran School of Art, Curator

Paper, Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA; David Levy, Pres., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Curator

Resurgam Gallery, Baltimore, MD; David Tannous, Curator

Free State V, RAP, Rockville, MD; Bill Dunlop, Curator

1994  60 Square Inches/Small Prints, Purdue U. Gallery, W. Lafayette, IN;

David Keister,Curator

 18th Annual Montgomery County Exhibit, Strathmore Hall, Bethesda, MD;

David Tannous, Curator

The Birth of Art/Art of Birth, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

1993 Monotypes/Monoprints–Unique Statements, Pascal Art Gallery, Arnold, MD

Free State III, RAP, Rockville, MD

1992 Prints, RAP, Rockville, MD

1991 Free State. RAP, Rockville, MD

1990 Fin de Siecle, RAP, Rockville, MD

1985 Inuit Gallery, Chicago, IL

1984 Crafts 18, University Park, PA

 Multimedia Exhibit, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO

 Created By Hand, AAO Gallery, Buffalo, NY

1983 Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO

 Crafts 17, University Park, PA

1981 Art Park, St. Louis, MO

Radio Gallery, St. Louis, MO
UCLA National Print Exhibit, Los Angeles, CA


2015 Castleton Fedstival 2015 Cover Art, Andy Grundberg, Kevin Adams, Nedra Smith jurors

2013 Best in Show, "Rappahannock Creates," Confluent Gallery, River District Arts, Sperryville, VA

2004 Panelist, Edison Place Gallery, 'Celebration of Women: Vision and Movement,' Washington, DC

2003 Lecturer, Beijing Foreign Language School, Beijing, China

2002 Pyramid Atlantic 'Masquerade' Co-Chair, Riverdale, MD

2000 Lecturer, Whitaker Campus Center, Hood College, Frederick, MD

1998 Body Image Conference, Guest Panelist, Sage Colleges, Albany, NY

1995 Best in Show, Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA

1994 Residency Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA 

1995 Pyramid Atlantic Book fair, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC


BFA- Advertising/Studio Art, Miami University, Oxford, OH

MFA- Printmaking, Washington University, St. Louis, MO