Pat Proniewski, currently pursuing realist renderings of pastoral landscapes and florals, received her BA degree in art education at Georgian Court University where her primary studio focus was painting and ceramic art. While living briefly in NYC she worked in an advertising agency and took studio arts courses at the School of Visual Arts, later returning home to Toms River, New Jersey to teach high school art. She moved to Trenton, New Jersey to continue her 37 year career teaching high school visual arts. During that time her painting work took a turn toward realism while studying with Mel Leipzig. She began to slowly move away from painting and towards full time clay work from 1995 to 2013 as she designed and implemented a full time ceramic program. Her work primarily in clay led her to graduate study in ceramics at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, additionally taking professional workshops with ceramic artists William Daley, Jimmy Clark, and Linda Arbuckle. Over the course of two decades, Proniewski experimented with many processes with clay including sculptural forms constructed from wheel work, pit firing, and raku firing.
Retirement from teaching allowed Proniewski to return to painting while still working in clay. Her attraction to the landscape during the past several years has shifted her interest to painting full time, while she continued her professional painting development by studying with artists such as John Ennis and Ray Roberts. Proniewski paints primarily in oil in a realist style, and clearly she finds nature her greatest source of inspiration. Sunlit scenes, especially those intensely lit during the late afternoon, lure her to paint the landscape and reflect a vibrant palette. Proniewski is an active member in several art communities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania including The Artists of Yardley, Artsbridge, The New Hope Art League, The Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County, The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, The Willingboro Art Alliance and The National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, Inc. NY, NY. She is a proud mother and grandmother, currently living in NJ with her husband.
Proniewski’s awards include international recognition as a Finalist in the 2019 Richeson 75 Small Works International Juried Competition in which three of her paintings were recognized. She received a Meritorious Award in the 2017 Richeson 75 Still Life and Floral International Juried Competition. The works from these competitions were published in exhibition books. Her painting “Bridge Street Stroll,” was recognized nationally in the 2018 64th Annual Juried Exhibition of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, Inc. held at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in NYC. Proniewski’s paintings have been exhibited, many receiving awards, in local, regional and national juried shows and in galleries throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, including the “Ellarslie Open,” at The Trenton City Museum, and “The Annual Art Show at Phillips’ Mill,” in PA. In 2017, she was invited to exhibit in “Conception,” the premier exhibit of the Gallery on Division, Somerville, NJ, along with seven other artists. Proniewski was invited to exhibit at Medford Leas, Medford NJ in a solo exhibition of her work during January and February 2019. Proniewski has received numerous awards to include a first place for her landscape “Who Paints the Earth” at the Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County, PA members show “The Four Elements: Earth, Water, Air & Fire,” juried by Patricia Hutton. Additionally, she received First Place for her painting “Final Thaw, Sunny Lane Farm” as part of the Preserved Farmlands Vision Art Exhibit, Smithville Mansion Annex Gallery, Burlington County, NJ, and received the Purchase Award for the same work. Other first place awards include a First Place Award for the 28 East Gallery Garden Tour Plein Air Event, Burlington City, NJ, and a First Place Award in the Willingboro Art Alliance Landscape Show for two consecutive years. Proniewski received the Second Place Award for both “The 2017 & 2018 Mercer County Senior Art Awards for Professional Art in Oil Media,” at Meadow Lakes, Hightstown, Mercer County, NJ. Additionally, her awards include: Second Place Prize in the Willingboro Art Alliance Floral Show, Lyceum Hall, in Burlington City, NJ; Second Place Award in the Willingboro Annual Juried Exhibit 2018 Juried by James Toogood, Mt. Holly, NJ ; The Carmen Altopiedi Memorial Award for Traditional Fine Arts at the 2017 WAA Juried Show, Mt Holly, NJ; and a Second Place Award in the Artists of Yardley 2018 Annual Juried Exhibit Juried by Lorraine Glessner, Yardley, PA. Third Place Prize in the WAA 2016 Smithville Art Alliance Open Show, Eastampton, NJ, Honorable Mention in the Burlington County 41st & 42nd Annual Juried Shows at Smithville Mansion, Eastampton, NJ, and an Honorable Mention in the Artsbridge Summer Arts Festival Exhibit, New Hope, PA.