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P. Buckley Moss

P. Buckley Moss is one of America’s most prized living artists.  An alumnus of New York’s prestigious Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Pat Moss is a formally educated and accomplished artist.  She is highly regarded by academics and collectors alike.  Her art is represented in more than 200 galleries worldwide.
Having achieved success, Pat Moss devotes a great deal of her time and effort to helping others.  Donations of P. Buckley Moss art have raised more than four million dollars for worthy charities. The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education is devoted to promoting the use of art in the classroom, especially as a means to teach children with learning differences.

Born on May 20, 1933 in New York City, Pat was one of three children.  She was perceived as a poor student—due to her yet undiscovered dyslexia.  Her teachers did determine that she was artistically gifted.  At Washington Irving High School for the Fine Arts, Pat’s artistic abilities were finally encouraged and seriously nourished.

In 1951 Pat received a scholarship to New York’s Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.  It was there she was encouraged to seek a more personal expression of her ideas through her art.  Intense study and discussions with professors and fellow students expanded Pat’s artistic horizons and gave birth to her unique style which is freely expressive and often rich in religious symbolism.

In 1964 Pat and her family moved to Waynesboro in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  She came to appreciate the quiet beauty of rural scenery and to know the picturesque and deeply religious Amish and Mennonite “plain” people.  Pat began to incorporate these new elements into her art creating an impetus that revitalized her artistic career and reignited her ambitions.

Pat won her first major art show prize in 1967—a one-person museum exhibition.  The exhibition was sold out.  The uniqueness of her style and the warmth generated by her subject matter quickly won her widespread recognition.

A role model for the learning impaired due to her dyslexia—Pat and her husband established The P. Buckley Moss Society in 1987 to assist in their charitable endeavors.  Today the Society has 38 active chapters and 15,000 members.

The P. Buckley Moss Museum opened in Waynesboro, Virginia in 1989.  Today the museum attracts approximately 45,000 visitors per year.  It has become a place for people to rediscover some of the traditional meanings and potential consequences of art and provides some of the best examples of Pat’s artistic creativity.

Like other notable people with dyslexia such as Henry Winkler, Greg Louganis, Nelson Rockefeller, Tom Cruise, Cher, and Magic Johnson—Pat is highly perceptive and sensitive.  She has a unique ability to communicate with others through her art.

In 1995 the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education was formed to help children with learning disabilities to succeed in school and in life.  The Foundation hosts annual teacher conferences, which serve as a forum for sharing cutting-edge methods of art-based education and grants teacher and student awards.
Pat Moss, in her art and in her life, communicates in a language that ordinary people understand and appreciate.  She is fondly known as “The People’s Artist.”  More information is available at