Patsy Norvell


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Patsy Norvell is a sculptor and public art installation artist living in NYC. Norvell has been active in the women’s movement since 1969, participating in an artist conscious raising group and helping to start others. In 1972, Norvell was invited to exhibit in 13 Women, a pioneering women’s show in NYC. Later that year, she helped found AIR Gallery, the first women’s cooperative gallery in the country. Norvell’s art has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, awards, and artist residencies. She has lectured and taught, introducing Women in the Arts courses at Montclair State College and Hunter College in the 1970s.

Permanent public art projects include installations at the Beverley and the Courtelyou BMT subway stations in Brooklyn, Newsstands in Manhattan, and plaza and lobby installations in Los Angles, CA; New Brunswick, NJ; Bridgeport, CT; and Bethesda, MD, among others. In 2001, the University of California Press published Recording Conceptual Art, the book form of taped interviews Norvell recorded in 1969. She received her BA in art and mathematics from Bennington College and her MA in sculpture from Hunter College.