Doris Duke Artist Award, 2013
Founder of the Pat Graney Dance Company in 1991, choreographer Pat Graney creates work that features a diverse set of movement vocabularies that range from ballet to gymnastics to martial arts; explorations of female identity and power; and rich visuals. For example, The Vivian Girls (2004) was based on the work of "outsider" artist Henry Darger; and House of Mind (2008), a work in multiple media (installation, sculpture, video, and choreographed performances), transformed a 5,000 square-foot raw space. In 1991, she began creating a body of work related to women with Faith (1991), Sleep (1995), and Tattoo (2001)—this triptych was re-mounted in 2010 at On the Boards. As a long-time Seattle resident, Graney and her company have undertaken community initiatives like working with incarcerated women though Keeping the Faith/The Prison Project, and more recently working with teens who have been trafficked in the Seattle school system. Among her many honors, Graney is an Alpert Award in the Arts (2008) and USA Fellowship (2008) recipient. Her upcoming work for 2015, girl gods, explores the sacrifice of the female in contemporary culture.