Patty Haberman grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. Patty received her Bachelor of Science in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Arizona State University. Following her graduate studies, she was an Artist-In-Residence with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, conducting residencies and workshops with school children Kindergarten through High School.
After several years, Patty took the position of Curator of Exhibitions and Education at the Tempe Arts Center. In this capacity, Patty was able to bring to Arizona nationally recognized artists in a variety of media for exhibits, lectures and workshops. In 1997 Patty became Curator of Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, a program of the Mesa Arts Center and the City of Mesa’s contemporary visual arts space. As Curator, she was involved with and contributed to the design of the new Mesa Arts Center and Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum which opened in 2005. Under Patty’s leadership, Mesa Contemporary Arts has exhibited solo exhibitions of Deborah Butterfield, Joyce Scott, Luis Jimenez, Sandow Birk, Daniel Martin Diaz and others, as well as the exhibitions, Low and Slow: The Art of the Lowrider, Beneath the Skin: Artwork Inspired by Tattoos, Beyond the Cel: Contemporary Artwork Influenced by Animation and Papel Chicano: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin.
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