pat spainhour

Pat Spainhour is a contemporary artist and educator. She recently retired from teaching Advanced Placement Art History at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, in Winston-Salem, NC allowing for studio time.

Pat has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with concentrations in design and art education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with graduate studies at Wake Forest University. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in the visual arts and art history.

Pat Spainhour developed an interest in encaustic painting at the Penland School of Crafts, studying under Tremain Smith in 2006. Pat was awarded the 2009 North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Grant, which she used to attend Paula Roland’s Advanced Encaustic Workshop in Santa Fe, NM. In July 2016, Pat assisted Paula Roland in an encaustic monotype workshop at Cullowhee Mountain Arts, at Western Carolina University.


Flight, 6" x 20", encaustic monotype 2011

exhibited at the International Print Center New York City


2016 Most Innovative, TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC
2009 Arts Council Regional Artist Grant NC
2007 Scholastic Art Awards, regional juror / Barton College
2000 Career Center Teacher of the Year, WSFC

2000 WSFCS Teacher of the Year Finalist

Arbor Acres Retirement Center
Bank of the Carolinas
Forsyth Hospital/Novant Medical Center
Hanes Companies
Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center
Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center


2016 On Your Mark, exhibition catalog
2014 Ninth Encaustic Invitational, exhibition catalog
2013 Studio Visit, volume 23, a juried selection of International artists
2013 Calligraphic Gesture, exhibition catalog
2013 Medical Center’s Art Collection Showcases Locals, Journal West
2012 Wax Foundations, exhibition catalog
2011 Artist Makes Impression on Big Apple, Relish, Winston-Salem Journal,
2011 Exhibit Features Grant Recipients, Winston-Salem Journal

Hampton House Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC

Professional Experience

2017 presenter, Mounting Monotypes, IEC, Provincetown, MA

2017 Fired Up, Castle Hill for the Arts, Truro, MA
2015-2016 presenter: Monotype Basics, IEC, Provincetowm, MA

2011-2016 teacher, AP Art History, UNCSA, Winston-Salem, NC
2013, 2014 presenter: Scroll Works, IEC, Provincetown, MA
2013 guest artist, Muddy River Art Association, Clemmons, NC
2010-2011 instructor:  Sawtooth Center, Winston-Salem, NC
2004 docent, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC
1997-2003 teacher, AP Art, Career Center, WSFCS
1973-1997 art teacher, West Forsyth High School, Clemmons, NC


2016 Encaustic Monotypes, Cullowhee Mt. Arts

2015 handmade paper sculpture, Penland School
2006 encaustic painting, Penland School
2000 graduate studies, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem,NC
1999 printmaking, Penland School
1973 BFA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC

Group Exhibitions:

2017 Gallery X, Castel Hill for the Arts, Truro, MA

2017 Black Tie, Adam Peck gallery, Provincetown, MA

2017  Kitchen Sink, Delurk Gallery,Winston-Salem NC

2016  Art Basal Miami, Aqua, Projects Gallery, FL

2016 Ten, Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2016 On Your Mark, Gallery X, Truro, MA

2016 TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine,NC

2016 Partnered, Sawtooth Gallery, Winston-Salem,NC

2015 Square, Projects Gallery, Miami, FL

2015 One+One, A Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2015 Small Works, Delurk Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
2014 9th Encaustic Invitational, Tucson, AZ
2014 Invitational Show, A Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2014 Dimensions, Associated Artists, Winston-Salem, NC
2013 RED, A Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2013 IEC Teacher Show, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2013 Calligraphic Gesture, Tao Water Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2013 Seven, Castle Hill Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2013 Small Art, Hampton House Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
2012 Up Close and Personal, Associated Artists Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC 2012 New Year Show, Nichols Berg Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2012 Honey, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
2012 Fact or Fiction, Associated Artists Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
2012 WAX, A Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2012 Hotel Fair, Providence Inn, Provincetown, MA
2012 Landfillart Project, Philadelphia, PA
0212 Color Dominates, Evans Encaustics, online juried show
2012 Pattern in Painting, Evans Encaustics, online juried show
2012 Natura Viva, Debra Caffey, online juried show
2012 National Juried Encaustic Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM
2012 Wax Foundations, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
2011 Up Close and Personal, Associated Artists Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC 2011 Regional Artist Grant Exhibit , Milton Rhodes, Winston-Salem, NC
2011 Faculty Show, Sawtooth Center for Visual Art, Winston-Salem, NC 2011 Scope: NC Landscape , Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
2011 IPCNY New Prints / Summer, International Print Center New York, NY 2011 Location, Associated Artists Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
2011 Cultural Crossroads, Associated Artists Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC 2011 Wax Poetic, Nichols Berg Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Solo Exhibitions:

2017 Steele Architectural Group, Winston-Salem, NC
2013 Bernardin’s, Winston-Salem, NC
2013 Dion, Lexington, NC
2010 Wall, Esleeck, and Babcock, Winston-Salem, NC
2008 Hampton House Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
2008 Calibre Wealth Management, Winston-Salem, NC
2007 Sundance Conference Center, Winston-Salem, NC
2004 Distractions Gallery, Lewisville, NC