Patrice Helmar is a fifth generation Alaskan, born and raised in Juneau. Her father, Paul Helmar, was a local photographer and fisherman who owned a camera store in the downtown area.
Patrice's photography is inspired, in part, by her desire to honor and continue the craft of her father.
After graduating from high school, Patrice earned a B.A. at Southern Oregon University, where she studied literature and creative writing. Helmar is currently obtaining her Masters Degree in secondary Education.
Patrice's work is influenced by documentary and street photography, as well as by modern painting and literature.
Helmar was the recipient of the Individual Artist Grant in 2009 for a darkroom and studio project.
In May - September of 2011, Patrice had a solo exhibition at the Juneau City Museum.
Helmar was the featured artist for the 2012 edition of the University of Alaska Southeast's literary magazine, "Tidal Echoes". In addition, she juried the 2012 UAS student art exhibition.
In 2012, Patrice's work will become a part of the permanent Juneau City Museum collection due to a grant from the Rasmusson Foundation.
Solo Exhibitions: Juneau Arts and Community Center, Alaska State Museum Store, Annie Kaill's Fine Art Gallery, The Fireweed Gallery, and Two Crow Studio and Gallery.
Group Exhibitions: "12 * 12" Juneau City Museum, Empire Gallery.