Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Patricia Thornley is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in New York City and Nova Scotia, Canada.
She is a graduate of the Atlanta College of Art (BFA in Sculpture), the Whitney Independent Study Program (Studio), and Bard College (MFA in Photography). In New York City she has been an Instructor at the School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute. She has also been a Visiting Lecturer at the Massachusetts College of Art and an Instructor at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and Maine College of Art. She was a Fellow at the Salem2Salem Artists Residency Program, Germany. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at museums, galleries, artist-run centers, and site-specific curatorial projects. Selected venues include: P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (NY), Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), AC Project Room (NY), Wexner Center for the Arts (OH), Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, Canada), croxhapox (Ghent, Belgium), Paço des Artes (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and Alhamra Art Gallery (Lahore, Pakistan). Her work was featured in Views from the Avant-Garde at the 51st New York Film Festival.