Biography

Pacia Sallomi is a Professor of Art at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where she has taught since 1997. Her courses range from all levels of painting and drawing to international courses such as: Travel Writing and Sketching in Italy.

Her education in the arts began as a child living in Bavaria visiting the museums of Europe. She studied different forms of dance throughout her life—Ballet, Modern, African, Belly Dancing, Country Swing and most recently Argentine Tango. Her fascination with the life of the body led her to study Nutrition at the University of California, Davis and she eventually became a licensed midwife in New Mexico where she did homebirths for ten years. During this time she also worked as an editor for Mothering magazine and co-authored a booklet about the legal status of midwifery in each state, called Midwifery and the Law. She attended the founding organizational meeting of MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America.)

During her time in New Mexico, Pacia studied photography and Japanese porcelain throwing techniques at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, eventually receiving an MA in Art Education. She took her first painting class at UNM with Martin Facey who introduced her to the spiritual inquiry of color. She received her MFA in Studio Arts with an emphasis in painting and photography at Texas Tech University in 1997.

Pacia’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in over 90 exhibitions including shows juried by curators from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Her paintings have been exhibited in museums in Toulouse, France; Saitama, Japan; Milwaukee and West Bend, Wisconsin. She has been published in books and journals including: Et Pour Toi, C’est Quoi l’Art ? , Seasons of Change and CALYX. She has created front/back book cover designs for Sundered and Shield/Le Bouclier. The later is a collaborative book of Pacia’s paintings and Phyllis Stowell’s poetry that was published in January 2007 as a bilingual limited edition artist’s book. The French translation is by Gallimard poet-translator of Emily Dickinson, Claire Malroux. Shield is included in the Morrison Library Reserve Collections at UC Berkeley and in the Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection at MOMA in New York City.

On September 11, 2001 her sound installation, In One Voice, was exhibited for the first time. This work involves the interweaving of 12 translations of a 5,000 year-old Assyrian prayer to the goddess Ishtar. It begins with the voice of an Iraqi man speaking in Arabic and ends with the voice of an American woman. The prayer is a plea to bring together our scattered clans and to bring peace. It is in the 911 Museum Digital Archives. A sample of this piece can be heard on this site: gallery>projects>In One Voice.