The Patterson Residency Program provides a highly visible, intense and creative environment for the production of artwork in all media. Attracting artists from around Baltimore and the nation, the program is located at The Patterson, a historic former movie theater converted into a vibrant, community-based art center.

MJ Neuberger

MJ’s work arises from ritual attempts to return to a body abandoned in trauma that she traces in part to colonial history in her mother’s native Philippines. Referencing indigenous ceremonies and elemental processes, and incorporating found and organic materials, including her hair, Neuberger’s interactive and light-based installations and sculptural and image-based works acknowledge shared vulnerability and suggest reconnection with an indigenous, nature-based self as a path toward integrating trauma stemming from race and gender-based violence and broader cultural aggression.

Jani Hileman

Jani Hileman is a multidisciplinary sculptor whose practice navigates ceramics, metal, wood, and photographic materials. Her work is often made with intensive hands-on processes that allow the materials to influence the final aesthetic of each of her pieces.  

She draws inspiration from her materials, landscapes, personal experiences, feminism, environmentalism, politics, as well as her own intensive work ethic. Throughout her various projects, Hileman explores the every day, the body, craft, gender, and the nature of objects themselves.

Murjoni Merriweather

As a black woman artist from Maryland, Murjoni has found that the best way to create and talk about moments of black bodies is through art, especially claywork. As a student from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Murjoni creates sculpted beings that are based around real people and real experiences.

Lendl Tellington

Lendl Tellington is a versatile storyteller working across film, photography, journalism, and experiential art. His practice centers on the subversion of aesthetic traditions to more accurately depict the nuance in our experiences. He hones in on the seemingly humdrum existence behind popular history and our contemporary moment and contextualizes the contributions of marginalized communities. When he’s not behind the camera, Lendl is the Technical Director of the Blackstar Film Festival.

Charles Mason III

Charles Mason III is an interdisciplinary artist from Baltimore. He received his AA from Community College of Baltimore County 2010, a BFA from University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2014, and his Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts May 2019.

Kei Ito

Kei Ito is a conceptual photographer working primarily with camera-less image-making, and installation art. Ito earned his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016, following his BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2014.


Ito’s work addresses issues of deep loss and intergenerational connection as he explores the materiality and experimental processes of photography. His work deals with trauma and legacy passed down from his late grandfather, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and a later anti-nuclear activist, in relation to current threats of nuclear disaster. Ito’s artworks lead the audience on a journey from grief and remembrance to hope. Through his ritualistic image-making, the audience sees how he grapples with his family’s historical connection to nuclear weapons and power. Thus, Ito’s art serves as an intermediary, a memento of his grandfather, and his own experience in today’s nuclear climate.

Jason Austin

Jason Austin started drawing and painting ever since he could pick up a crayon or pencil.  After high school, he studied graphic design at the County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ and later transferred to New Jersey City University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Illustration in 2006. In 2020, he earned his MFA degree at the University of Delaware’s Art & Design program.

He has since worked as a professional artist in fine art, illustration, and graphic design. His work can be seen in publications such as Jersey City Magazine, Home Accents Today, and Gift Shop Magazine.  Jason has also self-published his own comic books titled, "The Cosmic Samaritan” and “The Cassandra Effect”. He collaborated with author Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs on two children’s books, “Junebug and the Gumbo Garden” and “Soar”. 

Claudia Cappelle

Born in Chicago, Claudia’s appreciation for art began at an early age with visits to the Art Institute of Chicago. She studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Illustration.  She moved to the Washington, DC area in 1983, and five years later moved to the Bay Area in California. She returned to the Washington area in 1992 and has actively shown her work in various galleries throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. 

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