"I paint how I see the world in my mind.  I’ve been accruing images and colors in my head for as far back as I can remember. Even spoken words have color to me."

RESUME

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Art , Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI 

 

AWARDS:

AWARD OF DISTINCTION, Bonita Springs National Art Festival, March, 2020

BEST OF 2-D, Gold Coast Art Festival, Chicago, IL, June 2019

FEATURED ARTIST, Cottonwood Art Festival, Richardson, TX, May, 2019

BEST OF 2-D, Naples National Art Festival, Naples. FL, February 2018

FEATURED ARTIST for The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original, 2018

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, Barrington Art Festival, Barrington, IL, May, 2017

BEST OF PAINTING, Third Ward Art Festival, Milwaukee, WI, September, 2016

BEST OF PAINTING, Southport Art Festival, Chicago, IL, July 2016

MERIT AWARD, PAINTING, Barrington Art Festival, Barrington, IL, May 2001, 2012, 2015 & 2016

MERIT AWARD, PAINTING, Third Ward Art Festival, Milwaukee, WI, September 2013, 2014 & 2015

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, Buffalo Grove Art Invitational, Buffalo Grove, IL, July, 2012

MERIT AWARD, PAINTING, Art At The Glen, Glenview, IL, August, 2010

2ND PLACE, DuBuqueFest Fine Art Festival, Dubuque, IA, May 2010

PURCHASE AWARD, Midsummer Festival of Arts, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI, July 2009

HONORABLE MENTION, Art in the Park, Oak Park, IL, May 2009

MERIT AWARD, PAINTING, Arlington Heights Art In The Market, Arlington Heights, IL, June, 2008

HONORARY PAINTING AWARD, East Lansing Art Festival, East Lansing, MI, May 2007 

MERIT AWARD, PAINTING, Lincolnshire Art Festival, Lincolnshire, IL, July 2006 

FIRST PLACE, Painting, Wells Street Art Festival, Chicago, IL, June 2005 

OUTSTANDING NEWCOMER AWARD, Old Capitol Art Fair, Springfield, IL, May 2004 

EXCELLENCE AWARD, Art In The Park, Oak Park, IL, May 2003 

MERIT AWARD, Prairie Arts Festival, Schaumburg, IL, May 2002 

MERIT AWARD, Audubon Art Fair, Milwaukee, WI, June 2001 

PURCHASE AWARD, Riverwalk Fine Art Fair, Naperville, IL, September 1999 

BEST OF SHOW, Tallman Arts Festival, Janesville, WI, August 1997 

2ND PLACE, Painting, Oshkosh Public Museum Art Fair, Oshkosh, WI, July 1997 

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, Art In The Market, Arlington Heights, IL, August 1996 

HONORABLE MENTION, Art In The Park, Downer’s Grove, IL, June 1995 & 1996 

BEST OF SHOW, Fine Art, Holy Hill Art Fair, Hubertus, WI, September 1995 

 

SELECTED SHOWINGS AND EXHIBITIONS:

NAPLES NEW YEARS ART FESTIVAL, Naples, FL, January 2020

WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL, Winter Park, FL 2019

NAPLES NATIONAL ART FESTIVAL, Naples, FL, February 2018

BONITA SPRINGS ART FESTIVAL, Bonita Springs, FL January 2019 & 2020

SAINT LOUIS ART FAIR, Clayton, MO, September 2018

COTTONWOOD ART FESTIVAL, RIchardson, TX, May 2019

COLUMBUS ART FESTIVAL, Columbus, OH, June 2018

RITTENHOUSE SQUARE FINE ART FESTIVAL, Philadelphia, PA, 2017 - 2019

ANN ARBOR STREET ART FAIR, THE ORIGINAL, Ann Arbor, MI 2017 - 2019

BROOKSIDE ART ANNUAL, Kansas City, MO., May 2018

BELLEVILLE ART FESTIVAL, Belleville, IL, May 2017

FIESTA ART FAIR, San Antonio, TX, April 2017

GASPARILLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, Tampa, FL, March 2017 & 2019

BAYOU ART FESTIVAL, Houston, TX, March 2014, 2017

THIRD WARD ART FESTIVAL, Milwaukee, WI, September, 2013-2017

KANELAND ARTS INITIATIVE DEMONSTRATING ARTIST, Maple Park, IL, April, 2016

LAKEFRONT FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, Milwaukee, WI, June 2013 & 2018

CHERRY CREEK ART FESTIVAL, Denver, CO, July 2013

MAIN STREET ART FESTIVAL, Fort Worth, TX, April 2013

COCONUT GROVE ARTS FESTIVAL, Miami, FL, February 2013 & 2019

BEAUX ARTS FESTIVAL OF ARTS, University of Miami, January 2012-2014, 2017-2018

SOLO EXHIBITION, "NEW GALLERY, NEW WORK", KMW Gallery & Studio, Milwaukee, WI, 2011

GROUP EXHIBITION, "One Painting a Month, Layered" ART BAR, Milwaukee Riverwest, 2010

ELMHURST ART MUSEUM'S ART IN THE PARK, Elmhurst, IL, May 2008 - 2012, 2014 - 2015

PRAIRIE VILLAGE ART FAIR, Prairie Village, KS, May 2010, 2013, 2014

FOUNTAIN SQUARE ART FESTIVAL, Evanston, IL, June 2009 - 2012, 2014-2017

MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI, JULY 2007-2009

GOLDCOAST ART FAIR, Chicago, IL, August, 2006-2008 & 2019

BUCKTOWN ARTS FEST, Chicago, IL, August 2005 - 2007, 2009-2018 

WELLS STREET ART FESTIVAL, Chicago, IL, June 1995, 1997–2006, 2008

57th STREET ART FAIR, Chicago, IL, June 2005 - 2008

ALEXANDRIA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, Alexandria, VA, September 2009 - 2014 

HIDDEN RIVER ART FESTIVAL, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, Brookfield, WI, September 2009, 2010 & 2012

ART FAIR ON THE SQUARE, Madison, WI, July 2000, 2004, 2017 & 2108 

PORT CLINTON ART FESTIVAL, Highland Park, IL, August 2000-2003, 2008-2009 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE ART FESTIVAL, Chicago, IL, July 1999, 2000, 2002 & 2009 - 2010, 2012 & 2014

GALLERY NIGHT, Milwaukee, WI, April 2000 & 2001, 2011 & 2012 

SOLO EXHIBITION, The Gallery at Post 814, Milwaukee, WI, April 20th – July 9th, 2001 

MUSEUMS:

MARIETTA MUSEUM OF ART & WHIMSY, Sarasota, FL

 

GALLERY MANAGEMENT:

MARSHALL BUILDING KMW STUDIO, Milwaukee's Third Ward, WI, 2010-2013

STANFORD ART GALLERY, Menomonee Falls, WI, 2008-2010

GUEST SPEAKER:

MENOMONEE FALLS ART GUILD, Menomonee Falls, WI 2019

GERMANTOWN HIGH SCHOOL, Art Honors Students, Germantown, WI, 2012

ST. MARY GRADE SCHOOL, Career Day, Menomonee Falls, WI, 2007-2017

 

PUBLIC MURALS:

MENOMONEE FALLS, WI, 11'x 27' Outdoor Mural on the BID Building, commissioned by the city

JACK RUSSELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY, Hartford, WI (8-panel mural on canvas)

BUREAU OF MILWAUKEE CHILD WELFARE, Milwaukee, WI ( 8' x 18' mural on canvas)

 

SELECTED CORPORATE COLLECTIONS:

EPIC SYSTEMS CORPORATION, Verona, WI

ENDEMIK ARCHITECTURE ., La Reunion, France

WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET, Owner

BLUEDOOR PUBLISHING, Minneapolis, MN

NYE OBSTETRICS, Chicago, IL

MUIR GRAPHICS, Owner, Peoria, IL

ZIZZO GROUP MARKETING, Milwaukee, WI

DISNEYLAND, Anaheim, CA

BROWN TRAFFIC COMPANY, Davenport, IA

I want the viewer to be IN my work - to step up VERY close, like close enough to make an art museum guard nervous. To encourage this, there is a profuse amount of detail, sgraffito, tiny resist drawings, and mark-making in the background of my work. My 6-year-old self imagined room-sized paintings and attempted to create them on my own bedroom walls.  Maturity and an art degree led me to work on canvas - the larger, the better.  

 

My recent work is inspired by my outdoor childhood play area - acres of wildflowers and weeds on city-owned land in Milwaukee where I grew up. Because I want the viewer to feel like they've entered my world, I prefer to work large.  Recently, I've begun using 2 or 3 canvases to make each very large work.  I like the vertical seams created by the abutting canvases, like the seams in installed wallpaper.  I have a goal of making a truly room-sized painting, so my 6-year-old self will calm down.

 

Each of my paintings, no matter how big or small, is a little environment - the result of hours and hours of layers and techniques that have evolved with me as an artist over the past 26 years.  There is nothing like the feeling when a piece finally looks “whole” to me. I add processes as they come to me, and let others fall away, sometimes without even realizing it. I can’t wait to see what sneaks itself into my work next.

 

As for the origin of the little drawings and scribbles (sgraffito) inherent in my work, all I know for sure that they have to be there. I believe I was born making little drawings – I can’t remember not knowing I was an artist. I was the kid who got in trouble for drawing on the desk in school, and on the walls at home. I’ve been accruing visual images and colors in my head for as far back as I can remember (even spoken words have color to me). All of this is continually regenerating in my mind - a constant supply of visual inspiration – lucky me! Also, isn’t it wonderful that all of these little scribblings entertain up close, yet serve a purpose (visual texture) as you view my work from a distance?  

 

I have a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee. I’ve shown in hundreds of fine art fairs (and won many awards) around the country; I also work with galleries, dealers and designers. My work is collected by numerous private collectors, business and corporations on five continents.

 

I like that people are intrigued by the originality of my work, yet feel a familiarity in its sophisticated naivety. 

 

- Kathleen   

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