Patty Chang is an American film director. She was described as "one of our most consistently exciting young artists" by The New York Times in 2006. Originally trained as a painter, she is primarily known for her short films and videos and her performance art. She often plays a central role in her own work, which is often seen as testing the acceptable boundaries of taste and endurance. Some of her work contains scatological elements, and others critique perceptions of female sexual roles. She has staged solo shows in major cities such as Madrid, Visby, Sweden, and New York City.
Chang has taught at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Her work has been recognized by many cultural organizations, including a 2003 award from the Rockefeller Foundation. She was a 2008 finalist for the Hugo Boss Prize and a Guna S. Mundheim Fellow in the Visual Arts at the American Academy in Berlin in Germany, for Fall 2008.