Edna J. Patterson-Petty works in a number of mediums as an artist and art therapist, but she is nationally recognized for her art quilts and the stories they convey. Her art quilt “Road to Redemption,” was specially created to commemorate Barack Obama’s presidency and was displayed in Washington during his inauguration. Ms. Patterson-Petty’s work has been exhibited in venues ranging from the St. Louis Art Museum to Antioch College in Los Angeles. One of her pieces was on display for three years at the American Embassy in Pakistan, and she has an art quilt on permanent display in Senegal, West Africa.
Ms. Patterson-Petty has received fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council and the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission. She co-authored the book “Quilt Designs and Poetry Rhymes.” Her work has also been featured on the cover of African American Review, the American Art Therapy Journal, and other publications. The life-long East St. Louis resident has won many awards including the Grand Center Visionary Award and the 2008 NAACP Arts Award. She devotes a significant amount of time mentoring young artists in the region. Ms. Patterson-Petty is a member of the 2009 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame.