M. Patricia Warashina, MFA, BFA

M. Patricia Warashina

Title: Artist, Educator
Company: University of Washington
Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

M. Patricia Warashina, MFA, BFA, Artist, Educator at the University of Washington, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art.

Initially growing up in Spokane, Washington around the World War II era, the area seemed somewhat of a world of its own, with not much exposure to outside influences. It wasn’t until later in Ms. Warashina’s teenage years that she discovered art could be a profession, after visiting a friend’s home whose mother happened to be an artist. She was immediately intrigued at the first sight of an easel set up in her friend’s home. Raised in a family of strict Asian parents, art as a profession never crossed their minds for a career path for their daughter. Ms. Warashina soon after enrolled in college to become a medical technician or a dental hygienist, her dad was a dentist, but she took art classes as an elective. She took an elective in drawing at the University of Washington. By the end of the course, she had fallen in love with the class. She later took a ceramic class and was hooked because she was really challenged by it. Soon after, she took painting classes and started making portraits of people. Ms. Warashina matriculated at the University of Washington, where she earned a BFA in 1962 and a MFA in 1964.

Ms. Warashina’s greatest highlight that she is most thankful for is raising her daughters and watching them become successful and wonderful human beings. While taking on that responsibility, she also had a professional career. She became an instructor in 1964 at Wisconsin State University and remained there for a year. In 1966, she became an instructor at Eastern Michigan University until 1968. From there, she became an instructor for the Cornish School of Arts and in 1970, she earned the title professor of art at her alma mater, the University of Washington. She has remained there in that position to this day. As a testament to her success, Ms. Warashina received the Washington Governors Award in 1980 and the Purchase Award from 1966 to 1967 and in 1971. She is grant recipient from the World Crafts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts. Ms. Warahina is also listed in the 20th edition of Who’s Who in the West.

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