Tom Patton has been actively engaged with photography since 1970. He received a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute (1976), MA (1977) and MFA (1982) degrees from University of New Mexico. He has held full-time teaching appoinments since 1982. From 1983-2002 Tom headed the photography program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He Chaired their Department of Art and Art History from 1990-1995 and was the chief architect of their successful BFA program. Patton joined the Art and Art History faculty at California State University, Chico in 2002, Chairing the program until 2007. He now is a Professor Emeritus, teaching in the Fall semesters only. He's taught all levels of photo classes, from beginning through graduate, digital, traditional and alternative processes as well as courses in the History of Photography.

With nearly 300 exhibitions and more than 60 publications, Patton's art has been widely seen. While the bulk of his shows have been in the US, he's also shown in Australia, Japan and Europe. In addition to numerous University grants, he's received fellowships from the James D. Phelan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Patton’s work is included in many public collections including: Australian National Gallery; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; St. Louis Art Museum; Seattle Art Museum; Portland Art Museum; Milwaukee Art Museum; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; and the Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento.


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