Patty Carroll received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and a Master of Science degree in photography from The Institute of Design, IIT in Chicago, studying fine art traditional photography with Aaron Siskind, Arthur Siegel, and Garry Winogrand, Since then, she has continuously taught photography at the university level. Beginning at a small American art school, The Aegean School of Fine Arts in Paros, Greece, and onto full-time faculty at Penn State University in 1973-74, the University of Michigan in 1974-76, and at the Institute of Design from 1977-1992. In England, she was Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art in London and Tutor at London College of Printing from 1992-96. Currently, she teaches digital photography part-time at Columbia College and at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago.
Carroll has participated in many one-person and group exhibitions consistently since graduate school, mainly in traditional photographic exhibit spaces. Exhibitions include the large group exhibition entitled, “Elvis and Marilyn: 2 X Immortal,” which featured a variety of artists using the imagery of Elvis Presley or Marilyn Monroe in their work. It opened at the ICA in Boston in 1994, and travelled throughout the USA, and then to Japan until 1998. One-person exhibitions of her photographs of Elvis Impersonators have been at Memphis College of Art in 1997, and in 1999, “Elvis?” at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Her exhibition titled, “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” of night photographs was held at the Royal Photographic Society in Bath, England in April, 1996. This work has been shown in numerous gallery exhibitions; for example, in 1999 at Carol Ehlers Gallery in Chicago as a one-person exhibit, “Longings in the Night.” Her photographic portrait series “Spirited Visions,” was a collaborative project with Chicago artists, resulting in an exhibition and book of the same title, which toured for 2 years throughout Illinois, sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council.