Patricia Lay-Dorsey’s passion is people. She is committed to seeing herself and others from an insider’s point of view.
Born in Washington, D.C., Patricia received a master's degree in social work from Smith College in 1966. Ten years later, she studied fine arts at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies and became an award-winning painter, multi-media and performance artist, art reviewer and teacher. In 2006, Patricia got serious about photography and has been like a woman possessed ever since.
Patricia’s self-portrait project, Falling Into Place, was awarded third prize in the 2010 FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project. Her photo essays have been featured on the New York Times Lens Blog, Visura Magazine, Burn Magazine, Lenscratch blog, LensWork Extended and in New Mobility Magazine.
Catherine Edelman Gallery recently invited Patricia to participate in The Chicago Project, an online gallery devoted to new and established photographers in the Midwest. Her work can also be seen in the 2011 Beauty Culture exhibit at The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.
Patricia and her husband, Ed, have lived in the Detroit area since 1966. She is currently spending every free minute photographing the Occupy Detroit encampment, where hundreds of young people are creating a communal, non-materialistic way of living together in peace.