Opening Day Talk: Anne Patterson and Patrick Harlin

Sunday, April 21

11 am and 1 pm

Free for Museum Members
$20 Not-Yet Members (includes Museum Admission) 

Sarasota High School Alumni Auditorium l Sarasota Art Museum

Join multidisciplinary artist Anne Patterson and composer Patrick Harlin, who have collaborated on the awe-inspiring immersive installation The Truth of the Night Sky, as they share insights into the process of creating this highly anticipated multisensory installation at Sarasota Art Museum. The two met and began collaborating in 2014 while in residence at the Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota Key, Florida.

Patterson and Harlin will delve into the inspirations and themes behind the exhibition and Harlin’s Earthrise composition. Don’t miss out on the incredible opportunity to meet and hear from these artists, once at 11 am and again at 1 pm.

The Hermitage Artist Retreat

About Anne Patterson

Anne Patterson is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. Her body of work consists of paintings, sculptures and large-scale multimedia installations that combine sculpture, architecture, lighting, video, music and scent.

As a synesthete (when she hears sound, she sees color and shape,) Patterson seeks to create an experience where viewers’ senses can overlap, producing a constructed synesthesia. By combining skills learned from years as a theater designer, as well as a sense of color, light, shadow and movement, Patterson produces immersive environments which transport audiences to a multi-sensory realm.

Patterson’s large-scale installations have filled cathedrals, office buildings, and galleries across the country with miles of fabric, aluminum, copper and brass. Anne has exhibited widely including solo exhibitions at The Ringling Museum and Alfstad & Contemporary, and her theatrical partnerships have included major venues across the United States: Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Arena Stage, The Wilma Theater, The Kennedy Center, Alliance Theater and prestigious symphonies throughout the country (San Francisco, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle). Patterson was awarded CODAworx CODAawards in 2014, 2016 and 2022, and received a Creative Capital Award in 2008. She is a fellow of the Hermitage Artist’s Retreat.

Anne Patterson. Artist in her studio. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Julia Khoroshilov.

About Patrick Harlin

Patrick Harlin’s “aesthetics capture a sense of tradition and innovation…” (The New York Times). His music is permeated by classical, jazz, and electronic music traditions, all underpinned with a love and respect for the great outdoors. His works have been performed on subscription series concerts by the St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, the Rochester and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestras, Collegium Cincinnati, and Calidore String Quartet, among others. CD recordings include the forthcoming Wilderness Anthology by the Kinetic Ensemble, American Rapture on the Grammy-nominated album by the Rochester Philharmonic among others. Patrick was the inaugural composer in residence with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra (2019-2023). He was also the inaugural recipient of the Aspen/Hermitage Prize, which offered a residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Manasota Key Florida. Patrick is to date the only artist-recipient of a DOW Sustainability Fellowship. While at the Hermitage, Patrick met visual artist Anne Patterson, and they have been collaborating since, including on works The Art of Flight with Anne’s art installation Murmuration.


Patrick’s interdisciplinary research in soundscape ecology—a field that aims to better understand ecosystems through sound—has taken him to imperiled regions around the world, including the Amazon rainforest and the Book Cliffs of Utah. His baseline recordings for ecological impact studies are also the fodder for artistic inspiration. Patrick’s research on the importance of soundscapes has been supported by a Graham Sustainability Institute Doctoral Fellowship, Rackham Fellowship, Theodore Presser Award, and private support. The resulting works, the Wilderness Anthology draw parallels between the sounds of the natural world and those of the concert hall, seeking to bring awareness to the importance of sound in our environment. Patrick grew up in Seattle, holds a doctorate in music composition from the University of Michigan, and currently resides in Ann Arbor.