Mikayla Patton

Mikayla Patton

Oglala Lakota


Mikayla Patton (she/her) is an off-Rez  interdisciplinary visual artist based in Pennsylvania. Born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Patton's distinctive approach combines recycled paper-making with earth elements. The artist creates sculptural objects that explore Indigenous intimacies, materiality, and sustainability. Through a Lakota lens, Patton utilizes methodologies and adornment practices characterized by the use of glass beads, porcupine quills, leather, and plants. Focusing on themes of healing, growth, and renewal. Patton holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work has been showcased in various venues including the Texas Tech School of Art in Lubbock, All My Relations Gallery in Minneapolis, and the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. Her artistic contributions have been recognized in publications such as Hand Papermaking Magazine, First American Art, and Pasatiempo.Through her work, Patton has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, awards, and residencies. These include the Ucross Foundation, First Peoples Fund, Native Arts and Culture Foundation and 2023 Joan Mitchell Fellowship. Recently Patton was awarded the 2024 Forge Project fellowship.

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2024 Artists-In-Residence

2023 Artists-In-Residence