Patty Ortiz, born in San Antonio, TX, received a BFA from the University of Texas, Austin and a MFA at University of Texas in San Antonio. As an artist in the 1980s/1990s, she received a "New Forms Regional Initiative Grant", funded by the NEA’s Inter-Arts Program and a CoVision Project Grant from the CO Council on the Arts. As a public artist, Ortiz received public and private commissions including City of Boulder, Jeppeson Corporation, Frankfort Germany, and the Denver International Airport. Ortiz exhibited her work internationally including Salon de Artes Plasticas, Mexico City; Tryon Center, Charlotte, NC; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Valdivia, Chile, La Raza Galleria Posada, Sacramento, CA; Galeria Otra Vez, Los Angeles and San Bernardino County Museum, CA. Ortiz worked as Program Director of the Artists In Residence Program for the Colorado Council on the Arts. In 1999, Ortiz served as deputy director of the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver and in 2005, was appointed Executive Director/Curator of the Museo de las Américas. In 2009 Ortiz was appointed Executive Director/Curator of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. In 2014, she retired from arts management and is now an independent curator/artist. Since then, Ortiz has exhibited her WWKY project four times in the US, twice in San Antonio, TX, in Syracuse, NY and in San Diego, CA. In May 2015, curated the exhibition, "Flatlander" at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, Colorado. In 2016 she was selected as artist in residence for SALTQuarters, Syracuse, NY and was selected to attend the Ucross Residency Program in Wyoming.