Kathleen was given her first camera, a Kodak Instamatic, by her aunt at the wise age of eight years old. Although she didn't know it at the time, that little plastic camera was to be an important vehicle for her to learn valuable lessons about love, vulnerability, happiness, being present, and showing up even when it is the most challenging. She can often be found embracing the creative process whether in her domestic life, her studio, or in her teaching.
Kate's BFA is from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She then went on to earn an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. She currently serves as a Professor of Art and Chair of Graphic Design at Saint Charles Community College in St. Peters, Missouri. Her work investigates many concepts although some themes are pervasive: time, memory, and the fleeting nature of experience particularly in reference to intimate spaces and relationships.
In November of 2016 Kathleen was presented with a prestigious Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. In the winter of 2013 she was commissioned as part of a multi-artist initiative to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries in Saint Louis, MO. The venue is arguably one of the most perfect acoustic musical performance venues in the US and it is accompanied by an exhibition complex that boasts the best place to show photography in STL. The subsequent exhibition, The Sheldon: 100 Moments, was a look at this particular place from the vantage points of 4 different photographers. A companion book of essays and photographs commemorating the history of The Sheldon as well as a catalog of the commissioned photographers work is available.
Kathleen's work has been shown by many galleries including the Ellen Curlee Gallery and was included in The Flatfile Selections at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. She has been a visiting artist or critic at many schools such as the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL and the University of Missouri–Columbia. Her work is held in both private and public collections nationally.
She is a member of the Society for Photographic Education and has served on the Artists Advisory Board at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Missouri and the International Photography Hall of Fame in St. Louis. She happily resides in St. Louis. MO with her love, their 2 daughters, and their k9 companions.