Ph.D. 1993 Comparative Arts; double major in Architectural and Music History; Minors: Rhetorical Analysis and Stagecraft. Dissertation: "An Analysis for the Rhetorical Tropes of Metaphor, Metonomy and Irony in Coventry Cathedral and Benjamin Britten's War Requiem"
M.A. 1983 Interpersonal Communication; Major: Communication Theory; Minor: American Theatre History
B.A. 1982 Fine Arts & Human Communication; Minors: Spanish & Anthropology
Research Interests: Popular Culture, American Stained glass
Creative Work: Jewelry Design
1988-2012 Southwest Minnesota State University, Professor of Art
2008-2010: Director: SMSU Global Studies Program
1984-1988 Ohio University, Ph.D. Teaching Associate
1985-87 Hocking Technical College, Adjunct Instructor
1983-84 Slippery Rock State College, Adjunct Faculty
1982-83 Ohio University, M.A. Teaching Associate
Robert Arp and Patricia Brace. “Use It or Lose It: Objectification in Lost” in Lost and Philosophy: the Island Has Its Reasons, Sharon Kaye, Ed. Wiley-Blackwell Philosophy and Popular Culture Series. 2007.
Patricia Brace and Robert Arp. “Coming out of the Coffin and Coming out of the Closet in True Blood Stories.” in True Blood and Philosophy: We Wanna Think Bad Things With You. George A. Dunn and Rebecca Housel, Eds. Wiley-Blackwell. June 2010.
Patricia Brace and Robert Arp. “The Ethics of Objectification and the Search for Redemption in Lost.” The Ultimate Lost and Philosophy. Sharon Kaye, Ed. Wiley-Blackwell. Rev. Ed. 2011.
Robert Arp and Patricia Brace. “The Owls are Not What They Seem”: The Logic of Lynch’s World.” in The Philosophy of David Lynch. William Devlin and Shai Biderman, Eds. University Press Kentucky, 2011.
Patricia Brace. “Fashioning Feminism: Whedon, Women and Wardrobe.” in The Philosophy of Joss Whedon. Dean Kowalski and Evan Kreider, Eds. UPK, 2011.
Patricia Brace. “A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime Dexter.” Dexter and Philosophy: Mind over Spatter, Richard Greene, Ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Patricia Brace and Robert Arp. "What's So Bad About Meth?" Breaking Bad and Philosophy: Badder Living Through Chemistry. David R.Koepsell and Robert Arp, Eds. Open Court, 2012.
9 SMSU Faculty Improvement Grants for research and conference travel
1998 Otto Bremer Faculty Development Grant for Stained Glass research project.
1997 Gunlogson Rural Research Grant for Stained Glass research project.
2012 Presentation and Beading Workshop SMSU Young Artists Conference
2012 "Gems from the Scepter'd Isle" one woman show of jewelry designs for SMSU Fine Arts Celebration
2011 Sabbatical research trip to London, Oxford and Dover, England.
2011 “Italian Adventures” one woman show of jewelry designs for the SMSU Arts Celebration
2010 Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome, researching historical jewelry designs
2010 Global Gems: one woman show of jewelry designs for the SMSU Arts Celebration
2010 SMSU Women’s History Month, presentation and workshop on Ancient jewelry history
2009 Travel to Wales and England, UK to visit medieval historical sites
2009 "Earth, Sea and Sky": one woman show of jewelry designs for the SMSU Arts Celebration.
2008 Prairie Gems: my jewelry and the works of local photographer Robert Ridley, for the SMSU Arts Celebration
‘07-10 Bella Voce, SMSU Women’s Choir, Soprano I
Conference Presentations: Brace, Patricia L., Ph.D., Christopher L. French, Ph.D., Dicksy Howe, M.L.S. and Gerald D. Toland, Jr., Ph.D. A Collaborative Experiential Learning Program, the Q-7 Global Studies Clusters at Southwest State University. A Paper and Workshop presented at the Bush Regional Collaboration in Faculty Development 1994 Winter Conference. Bloomington, MN. February 17, 1994; the Minnesota-Wisconsin Workshop on General Education. St. Paul, MN. November 19,1993 and the 15th Annual Conference of the Association for Integrative Studies, Detroit, MI. October 9, 1993.
Global Studies Travel
2009 Ireland: the Emerald Isle (see photo above, location: Neolithic monument at Newgrange, Ireland)
2007 Roots of The Renaissance: Northern Italy
2004 Crossing Borders: England & Scotland
2001 A Greek & Roman Odyssey
1999 London Calling: England
1997 Crossing Channels: England and France
1995 Age of Cathedrals: France
1993 Journey Inward/Journey Outward: Washington D.C