Pat Witt, named as Millville’s’ Artist Laureate, is a lifelong native of Millville, Cumberland County, New Jersey. Known as the Wetlands Painter, Pat began her art training at the age of five. She continued her studies at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Arts and Textile Design, now known as the Philadelphia University of the Arts. Additionally, she studied at The Philadelphia Museum of Art and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, as well as studied art education at Glassboro State College.
She has had many one-woman shows and has been part of group shows for more than 40 years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Art Alliance, The Noyes Museum, Brian Parent Center and the American Painters in Paris Bicentennial in 1976 in Paris, France. Her work has become part of private and public collections locally and throughout the US, Europe and Asia. She has received numerous awards as an artist and teacher, and has been recognized for her work with the environment.
Pat has been featured in many documentaries over the years. In 2012, founder and Creative Director of ArtC, Bill Horin and videographer Frank Weiss, produced a short film The Art Spirit. This poignant documentary captures the essence of Pat Witt and The Barn Studio of Art and is periodically televised on the NJ Public Television network. Also, it can be viewed at this web address http://watch.njtvonline.org/video/2365022702/
Another notable film was a biographical documentary produced by Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission and New Jersey Network, Pat Witt: An Artist and her World.
The Barn Studio is considered one of Pat's biggest works of art. She founded it in 1962 and has taught and inspired thousands of children and adults with her enthusiasm for the arts. Recognized for her many achievements, Pat's biggest reward comes from observing the growth of her students. This growth can be seen in the development of their artistic skills, the understanding of different art forms, and the student's appreciation for the environment, as well as the respect they have for their fellow students.