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, cameras and photographs were to be an important vehicle for valuable lessons for her in regards to love, vulnerability, and being present. She can often be found embracing the creative process whether in her domestic life, her studio, or in her teaching.
Kathleen's work investigates the passage of time, memory, and the fleeting nature of experience, particularly in reference to intimate spaces and relationships. She earned her BFA from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. She currently serves as Professor of Art and Chair of Graphic Design at Saint Charles Community College.
In December 2017 she was awarded Honorable Mention - Excellence in Teaching Award by CENTER Santa Fe. In November 2016 she was presented with the prestigious Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. And in 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.
Her work has been shown by many galleries including the Sheldon Art Galleries, Ellen Curlee, and was included in The Flatfile Selections at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. She has also been a visiting artist/critic/juror at many schools and institutions including the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL and the University of Missouri–Columbia, the Foundry Art Centre, etc. Her work is held in both private and public collections nationally. She is also a longstanding member of the Society for Photographic Education.
Kathleen happily resides in St. Peters, MO with her love, their 3 children, and their k9 companions.