Sims, Patterson was born on November 17, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
Student, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. Bachelor, New School Social Research, 1972.
Assistant director O.K. Harris Works Art, New York City, 1969-1976. Associate curator permanent collection Whitney Museum American Art, 1976-1987. Part-time instructor School Continuing Education New York University, 1975-1977, 84-86.
Associate director art and exhibitions, curator modern art Seattle Art Museum, 1987—1996. Deputy director education and research support Museum Modern Art, New York City, 1996—2001. Director Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey, since 2001.
Member advisory boards, panels the Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, Studio in a School Association, New York City, Robert Lehman College Art Gallery, New York City, Santa Fe Chamber Museum Festival., New Mexico, Seattle, Laumier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, National Education Association Museum Implementation Panel, Washington. Lecturer in field.
1983 Biennial Exhibition occurred [fourth floor] March 15 - May 22, [second floor] March 24 - May 29, [film programs, second floor film/video gallery] March 24 - May 29, and [lower gallery and sculpture court] March 15 -May 22.
Exhibitions include 30 Years American Art, 1977, American Art 1920-1945, American Art since 1950, 1977-1978, Tradition and Modernism in American Art, 1900-1925, Gibbes Art Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina, 1978, Jan Matulka Retrospective Exhibition, 1979-1980, Concentration, 1980-1981, Biennial Exhibition, Decade of Transition: 1940-1950, 1981, (with Ann D'Harnoncourt) John Cage: Scores and Prints, 1882, (with Emily Rauh Pulitzer) Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture, 1982-1983, (with 3 other curators) Biennial Exhibition: Minimalism to Expressionism: Painting and Sculpture since 1965, 1983, Viola Frey, 1984, Clare Zeisler, 1984-1985, Biennial Exhibition, 1985, Figure as Subject: The Last Decade, 1986, John Storrs Retrospective Exhibition, 1986-1987. Figure as Subject: The Revival of Figuration since 1975, 1988, Twentieth Century American Art Highlights of the Permanet Collection of the Whitney Museum American Art, 1988, Documents Northwest Series: C.T. Chew, Seattle Art Museum, 1988, Made in New York: The New York School: 1945-1965: Jasper Johns: A Selected View: New Work New York, Seattle Art Museum, 1989, Documents Northwest Series: Crossed Cultures, Figures of Translucence, Seattle Art Museum, 1989, Mark Tansey: Art and Source, Seattle Art Museum, 1990. Author brochures, catalogs.