Patricia Maurides is a visual artist and educator whose photographic work prominently features investigations into origins, both cultural and genealogical. She is frequently a performer in her image tableaus, using projections, scientific imaging, and the natural environment to create work displaying theatrical and cinematic elements. In 2018, as an Artist-in-Residence with the East End Special Players Explorers Program, Maurides obtained support from the Malka Fund to collaborate with a theatrical troupe of adults with varied needs and abilities.
Maurides currently teaches in the Department of Art at Stony Brook University in New York. Her range of university teaching includes photography (darkroom and digital) and interdisciplinary courses bridging the fine arts, natural sciences, psychology, and other disciplines. Prior to moving to Long Island, Maurides taught at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) from 2000 to 2016, where she created the courses Art and Biology, NeuroPhoto, and Art+theBrain. From 1999 to 2007, she served as the director of the university’s interdisciplinary degree programs, Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA) and Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA).
Maurides recently co-authored The Brain as Muse - Bridging Art and Neuroscience, which appears in Leonardo, a journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (2017). In 2014, Maurides curated the exhibition Neurons and Other Memories – Work In and Around the Brain at the Miller Gallery at CMU, for which she collaborated with the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC). In that same year, Maurides received a CMU Proceed/Crosswalk Grant for her NeuroArt Initiative.
Towards making science more accessible to the public, Maurides collaborates on educational projects that integrate art and science for public venues. These include planetarium shows and a youth television series for which she received a 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy Award for Concept Development. Additionally, Maurides has received grants from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts.
Maurides has an MFA in Art from CMU and a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of South Carolina. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and dog.