Pat Hickman received her B.A. from University of Colorado, Boulder in 1962 and her M.A. University of California, Berkeley, in 1977, both in Design & Textiles She was Professor Emeritus of Art at University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu in 2006 and Professor and Head of the Fiber Program at University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, from 1990 to 2006. Her twenty-nine years of teaching in textile and fiber programs include postitions at the University of California at Berkeley and Davis; San Francisco State University, M.H. deYoung Museum Art School and JFK University, San Francisco; Pacific Basin School of Textile Arts, Berkeley and California College of Arts, Oakland. Her work is featured in such prominent collections as: Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Pierre Pauli Foundation, Lausanne, Switzerland; Canton of Vaud, Savaria Museum, Szombathely, Hungary; The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT; The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA; The American Craft Museum, New York, NY; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI; Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; and San Jose Quilt Museum, San Jose, CA.
"Labor is a big part of my work, the excessive, obsessive labor, the slowing down of time, stepping out of the urgent pace of daily life. Out of seemingly nothing, something is created. I invest in what I love doing. In the end the work itself is about the labor and about holding what cannot be captured: light, color, breath, time."
Circumambulate, (Installation), Wooden River Teeth and Gut, 2012