Artist Bio

Pat Spainhour is an artist and arts educator. She finds inspiration from her environment in rural North Carolina. The colors, movement, and textures she uses relates to the organic setting.

Pat has a BFA degree, with concentrations in design and art education from the UNC Greensboro and graduate studies at Wake Forest University. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in the visual arts and art history.

Pat Spainhour developed an interest in encaustic painting at Penland School of Crafts, studying under Tremain Smith in. Pat was awarded the 2009 North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Grant, which she used to attend Paula Roland’s Advanced Encaustic Workshop in Santa Fe, NM. In 2016, Pat assisted Paula Roland in an encaustic monotype workshop at  Western Carolina University. Pat recently retired from teaching AP Art History at the UNC School of the Arts.


Group Exhibitions

2018 TRANS, Castle Hill Center for the Arts, Truro, MA

2018 The Blues, Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2018 Some Like it Hot, Rye Center for the Arts, Rye, NY

2017 Gallery X, Castel Hill for the Arts, Truro, MA

2017 Black Tie, Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2017  Kitchen Sink, Delurk Gallery,Winston-Salem NC

2016  Art Basal Miami, Aqua, Projects Gallery, FL

2016 Ten, Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2016 On Your Mark, Gallery X, Truro, MA

2016 TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine,NC

2016 Partnered, Sawtooth Gallery, Winston-Salem,NC

2015 Square, Projects Gallery, Miami, FL

2015 One+One, A Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2015 Small Works, Delurk Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
2014 Ninth Encaustic Invitational, Tucson, AZ
2014 Invitational Show, A Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2014 Dimensions, Associated Artists, Winston-Salem, NC


2016 encaustic monotypes, Western Carolina University  

2015 handmade paper sculpture, Penland School  

2006 encaustic painting, Penland School 

2000 graduate studies, Wake Forest University

1999 printmaking, Penland School 

1973 BFA, University of North Carolina Greensboro


2016 Innovation, TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC 

2009 Arts Council Regional Artist Grant NC 

2007 Scholastic Art Awards,  juror  

2000 Career Center Teacher of the Year, WSFC  

2000 WSFCS Teacher of the Year Finalist


Arbor Acres Retirement Center 

Bank of the Carolinas 

Forsyth Hospital/Novant Medical Center 

Hanes Companies 

Wake Forest Baptist Cancer Center 

Wake Forest Baptist Davie Medical Center


2018 The Blues, exhibition catalog

2017 Black Tie, exhibition catalog

2016 On Your Mark, exhibition catalog
2014 Encaustic Invitational, exhibition catalog
2013 Studio Visit, volume 23, a juried selection of International Artists
2013 Calligraphic Gesture, exhibition catalog
2013 Medical Center’s Art Collection Showcases Locals, Journal West
2012 Wax Foundations, exhibition catalog
2011 Artist Makes Impression on Big Apple, Relish, Winston-Salem Journal,
2011 Exhibit Features Grant Recipients, Winston-Salem Journal

Professional Experience

2017, 2018  instructor, Playing With Fire, Castle Hill for the Arts, Truro, MA

2017, 2018 presenter, Mounting Monotypes, IEC, Provincetown, MA
2015, 2016 presenter,  Monotype Basics, IEC, Provincetowm, MA

2011-2016 teacher, AP Art History, UNCSA, Winston-Salem, NC
2013, 2014 presenter, Scroll Works, IEC, Provincetown, MA
2013 guest artist, Muddy River Art Association, Clemmons, NC
2010-2011 instructor:  Sawtooth Center, Winston-Salem, NC
2004 docent, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC
1997-2003 teacher, AP Art, AP Art History, Career Center, WSFCS
1973-1997 art teacher, West Forsyth High School, Clemmons, NC