About Patty Mitchell and Robert Lockheed

Artists in Residence/Program Consultants Patty Mitchell and Robert Lockheed are working artists and social entrepreneurs specializing in collaborations between artists with and without perceived disabilities. Their goal is to create positive environments where people are invited to explore and discover new ideas.  The collaborations are often site specific public art works encouraging conversation, awareness of the positive contributions of people with intellectual disabilities and art that adds beauty to the larger community. Designs from these collaborative artworks are translated into product with a focus on creating employment for underserved populations and funding streams for continued programming. Mitchell created Passion Works Studio, in Athens Ohio (1996), where today 32 artists with cognitive disabilities work as artists and have generated over a half million US dollars since 1998. Through Art Exchange International Mitchell is now sharing this model with Handikos of Kosovo and Colors of the Soul in Punta Arenas Chile. Mitchell has received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Ohio University, Individual Artist Award from the Ohio Arts Council, Citizen of the Year from Athens Civitan and The Keystone Award from Ohio University for outstanding community service. Passion Works has received the Governor’s Award for the Arts: Community Development and Participation and Distinguished Organization for Art Education from the Ohio Art Education Association.  She facilitates large scale collaborative community projects with her partner, Robert Lockheed.