Tom Patterson

Tom Patterson

 Tom Patterson has been writing about art and curating exhibitions since the early 1980s, but his undergraduate academic focus was literature and creative writing, and his teachers were poets. He is the author of St. EOM in The Land of Pasaquan (Jargon Society, 1987), Howard Finster: Stranger from Another World (Abbeville Press, 1989) and Contemporary Folk Art: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Watson-Guptill Publications, 2001) His writings have appeared in magazines including American Craft, Aperture, ARTnews, Art Papers, BOMB and Raw Vision, the London-based international journal of outsider art, to which he is a frequent contributor. As a curator he has organized shows for institutions including the American Visionary Art Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and Greenhill in Greensboro. He began his career in Atlanta in the late 1970s and has lived in Winston-Salem since 1984.