Photo courtesy of Quarry Hill
Priscilla Pattison of Camden during her career as an artist.
CAMDEN, Maine — Priscilla Pattison, a pillar of the Midcoast art community and a resident of Quarry Hill in Camden, is one of 36 Maine seniors being honored by the Maine Healthcare Association as part of its 2012 Remember ME celebration.
Remember ME recognizes Maine seniors who have made outstanding contributions to Maine and the nation. Pattison traveled to Augusta to take part in the 2012 Remember ME kickoff ceremony on April 13. An exhibit featuring photographs and biographies of
her and other honorees remains on display in the State House Hall of Flags.
A native of Chicago, Pattison is a sculptor, painter and graphic artist whose work was exhibited both publicly and privately in New York, Boston, Tulsa and Barbados. She studied sculpture in the studio of Ossip Zadkine in the 1950s, then returned to the United States to teach sculpture, painting and ceramics at Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart in New York. After moving to Lincolnville, Maine, in 1974, she began exhibiting her work throughout the Pine Tree State, including at the State House and Blaine House Garden in Augusta.
Pattison also had a distinguished career in the military. During World War II, she rose to the rank of captain in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), leading an Indiana-based company charged with releasing troops for assignment to combat units. In 1945 after
brief assignments in Washington, D.C., and the New York City area, she served in California as a censorship officer.
An accomplished musician, she played flute in school and college orchestras and in chamber groups during World War II.
Pattison’s nephew, Nathaniel Kahn thanked Quarry Hill for nominating his aunt for the Remember ME award.
“It feels very good to know that she is among friends and caregivers who recognize her as a person who has accomplished much in her life, as a woman, an artist, and as a member of several communities, including the vibrant one at Quarry Hill,” he said.