Patricia Healy McMeans is an artist, writer, curator, and a current PhD candidate studying in Edinburgh investigating the social studio. She’s sometimes an independent editor and publisher of projects taking the form of books and other printed matter. Since 2012, she has run an experimental artists’ residency project in Minneapolis located in the the City called Ten Chances, No Hustle. This iterative project involves up to 10 international artists coming together for three weeks each season to experiment and research: a “think tank” for artists, and forms the crux of her current PhD project at Edinburgh College of Art.
She teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and has collaborated much in the past 6 years: with the good folks at Art of This gallery in South Minneapolis, Katinka Galanos to run the Duets Series at formerly Quincy Street Projects, and Christopher dela Pole to curate and produce Pay Attention: GM08, the first large survey exhibition of the Greater Minneapolis emerging contemporary art scene at the Soap Factory. She also co-curated the international traveling exhibition 8x8x8 MSP/LON/NYC in 2006-07 which journeyed both the work and its 24 artists from Minneapolis to London and then New York over an 18-month duration. In 2011, she produced a project entitled NOT-BOOK: This Is Not a Book, a 102-page plus enhanced CD publication.
Considering herself primarily an artist, her strategies continue to place the artist first and create opportunities for artists to move.