Patricia Tobacco Forrester Biography

Patricia Tobacco Forrester




Patricia Tobacco Forrester, printmaker and painter, was born on September 17th, 1940, in Northampton, Massachusetts. She began her formal art education at Smith College, studying under printmaker Leonard Baskin. There she received her BA degree in 1962. She then enrolled at Yale University, studying under Chuck Close, Philip Pearlstein, Alex Katz, and Janet Fish. She received her BFA in 1963 and MFA in 1965. In 1967, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and soon thereafter she began traveling, studying the landscapes of the tropical continents she visited. In 1992 she became a member of the National Academy of Design in New York.

Forrester exhibited in the United States and abroad, and her work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Library of Congress, the British Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and many others. Forrester taught and was invited to be guest professor at such institutions as the California College of Arts and Crafts, Berkeley; the Art Institute of Chicago; the University of Iowa, Iowa City; and the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art.

Forrester died March 16th, 2011, in Washington, D.C..