Awards + Public Speaking

Grants and Awards

2015 Finalist West coast - Bombay Sapphire / RUSH Art Foundation - Artisan Series

2013 Nominated, L'Oreal Women of Worth, by the Ethnic Arts Foundation for work with Mithila Art Institute in Madhubani, India and the exhibition traveling to US university museums and galleries (2012-15)

2011 Finalist West coast - Bombay Sapphire / RUSH Art Foundation - Artisan Series

2007 SECA Award Nomination, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art / SFMoMA

2000 Chinese Study trip, Nantong, China, St. Peter's Preparatory School grant

1997 Northern Italian Fresco Study trip, St. Peter's Preparatory School grant

1995 Monuments: Women in American History Project, Geraldine Dodge Foundation

1992 MTC Pride in Paint, City Garden Mural on Minneapolis Transit bus, created with Southeast Asian children from a St. Paul housing project

1989 NEA Individual Artist Grant, CAC New Orleans Interdisciplinary Artists, NEA & Rockefeller Foundation

1988 and 1987 MN Education Association School Bell Award, for Public Projects

1983 McDonald's Fine Art Collection Competition, Purchase Prize Oak Brook IL


1993 Minneapolis Art Commission, a mayoral appointment

1991 NEA / National Endowment for the Arts Interarts panelist

1991 Saturn School of Tomorrow + MN Museum of American Art project receiving Presidential Honors

Northwest, 2007, 20"X 26" acrylic ink on polypropylene; © Patter Hellstrom

Public Speaking

2018 WOMEN IN STEAM / Mirman School Speaker, Los Angeles, CA

2015 DECODE an evening with Patter Hellstrom decoding QR Quick Response, solo exhibition at ArtHaus Gallery in the tech corridor of downtown San Francisco

2013 University of San Francisco, Artist talk about how work is informed by Feminism and Global Culture

2013 Artist and curatorial talk about Dynamic Color at LIM Gallery's collaborative event with ArtSpan entitled Art Curious

2012 California Institute for Integral Studies, Grief Path semester-long installation project, lecture with Artist, Curataor and Critic and workshop for CIIS MFA students.

2012 Inspirartional Woman speaker, The Julia Morgan School on the Mills College campus, Oakland, CA

2012 Curators Talk, Opening of MITHILA PAINTING: THE EVOLUTION OF AN ARTFORM, California State University/ Fresno  

2011 Artist Talk, Expressive Flow, The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco

2011 Artist Panel, FLOW: The Essence of Paint, San Francisco

2008 Guest Artist, Mithila Art Institute, Madhubani, Bihar ~ India

2007 Panelist, Arts Integration, SF Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA

2006 Artist Talk, California Collage of Art ~ Center for Art and Public Life

2004 Panelist, Careers in the Arts, William Patterson University, NJ

2003 Artist Talk - Panelist, The Spirit in Art, Jersey City Museum, NJ

2002 Keynote Speaker, Art and Business: Coming together on the Waterfront, Pro Arts
2001 Artist Talk, Jersey City Museum, NJ

2000 Guest Lecturer, The Nantong Museum of Art, Nantong, China

2000 Guest Lecturer, The Nantong Foreign Language School, Nantong, China

2000 Guest Lecturer, The Browning School, NYC

1996 Guest Lecturer, Rutgers University - Newark Campus, Newark,NJ

1996 Guest Lecturer, School of Visual Arts, New York City

1992 Guest Lecturer, University of Minnesota, Art Department, Minneapolis MN

1990 Panelist, The Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL

1989 Panelist, Arts in Alabama Conference, Huntsville, AL

1987 Panelist, Artists in Education Conference, Minneapolis College of Art Design

1987 Guest Lecturer, Lunchtime Lecture, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul


Patter Hellstrom, Painted Rooster, 2007, 22" x 30" ink and water color on arches paper; private collection; © Patter Hellstrom

Community-based Public Art Projects

KIPPS Summit Academy, California

SF Schools of the Sacred Heart, California

Seton Center, Jersey City, NJ

The Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, AL

Rochester Art Center, MN

The Edina Art Center, Edina, MN

Milwaukee Art Museum, WI

SNAP Mural Projects, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, MN with the Landmark Corporation and the City of St. Paul, MN

Minneapolis Public Schools and the Transit Station Installation - Mall of America, Bloomington, MN

Summer in the City, 4' × 100' mural designed for the American Bank Building, St. Paul, MN in cooperation with the Minnesota Museum of American Art and the Hmong American Partnership

Selected Writing

2012 guest blogging for Left Bank Art Blog in the Manhattan area and SF Art Enthusiast in San Francisco 

ACCESS guest blogger 2009 - 2012 exploring the intersection of Art +Design for (now

Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art by artist / curator, Patter Hellstrom - Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, CA 2008 exhibition review

Exhibition Juror

2011  Arkansas Arts Council  juror for the 2011 Small Works on Paper touring exhibition