Kate is presently focusing all of her energies in the studio, at work on a significant series that will be completed in 2017/2018. You can follow the progress of the series here. All the work to date will be included in:
Solo Exhibition: Kate Kretz: Common Denominator
January 24 – March 24, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 24, 5-7pm
Cora Miller Gallery, York College, York, PA
Gallery Walk-Through, Q & A: Saturday, February 10th, at 11 a.m.
Lecture/Reception: Thursday, March 8, 5:30 PM
DeMeester Recital Hall
Kate was awarded a Maryland Arts Council Grant (Craft) in February of 2018.
Kate has been a recent contributor to the Hyperallergic series, "Drawing In A Time Of Fear And Lies" with "Sociopaths Don't Cry" (crying Donald Trump), "Predator", and "Peering Down Trump's Lie Hole".
"Thread Bare" solo exhibition at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
November 17 through December 15, 2017
Reception: Friday, November 17 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Gallery talk at 6:30 p.m.
Artist lecture: "Without Skin", Thursday, November 16th, 4:45 - 6 pm, Houghton 112
(Gallery closed November 22-26)
"Thread Bare is an exhibition of selected works by artist Kate Kretz. Through her use of traditionally feminized mediums, such as embroidery and sewing, Kretz engages with the theme of female identity formation as both lived experience and ideological construct. Addressing the subjects of maternity and aging in particular, Thread Bare sheds light on the aspects of female experience often deemed too "messy" or "ugly" for public consumption."
Kate is one of 26 finalists for the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize, a biennial award given in conjunction with a catalogue and juried exhibition at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA. The award will be announced in 2018.
Lately, when plagued with ongoing post-election insomnia, Kate works on her Trump Supporter Documentation Project on Tumblr, archiving the faces of Trump supporters for posterity.
Kate's work will included in the forthcoming book, BEAVER: The Exhibition, curated/edited by Naomi Ramirez and published by Lit Riot Press, Brooklyn, NY,
The College Art Association's Committee on Women in The Arts chose Kate's solo show, "#bullyculture", for April's "not to be missed" picks of the best in international feminist art and scholarship!
#bullyculture" a solo show of recent work, opens March 11, from 6-8 pm at The Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave. in Brentwood, MD. The show runs from March 11-April 15, and Kate will be giving a lecture on her work Saturday, April 1st., at 2 p.m.
Upcoming solo exhibitions include "Difficult Truths" at the The Granery Art Center in Ephraim, UT (Feb 8 - May 12, 2017), York College of Pennsylvania in York, PA (w/catalog - Jan/Feb 2018), "Threadbare" at Davis Gallery at Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY (Nov 17-Dec 15, 2017), "#bullyculture" at The Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood, MD (March 11-April 15, 2017), Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC (Oct 22 -Nov 28, 2018).
Eric Hope interviewed Kate for East City Art magazine, here.
In October 2016, Kate was awarded the SECAC Conference Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, and was also selected as a Fulbright Specialist for a period of 5 years by the Institute Of International Education, Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Kate's work was featured in Hip Mama Zine in September 2016.
Kate's portrait of Ted Cruz appeared in the NY Daily News on July 5th, 2016, as part of The Senator Portrait Project.
Kate's work was featured at Maximum Middle Age Blog on July 13, 2016, here.
Several of Kate's pieces from private collections will be included in the exhibition "Going for Baroque" at The Racine Art Museum, from May 22 to Sept 4th, 2016. The exhibition is curated by Lena Vigna.
In May 2016, Kate was invited to spend a week on a ranch in Utah as part of "Feminist Summer Camp", an 11- 15 woman think tank organized by Micol Hebron.
Kate's work was chosen for the 2016 Fiberart International Competition, a benchmark triennial exhibition presenting the best in contemporary fiberart. The Exhibition will take place from May 6 – August 21, 2016, at The Pittsburgh Center for The Arts. This is the second time Kate's work has been featured in the exhibition.
After one of Kate's "Gunlicker" paintings was featured in the Huffington Post in late 2015, it circulated around Facebook and other social media, and through gun activist sites. She subsequently did an interview with The Coalition To Stop Gun Violence, and it can be viewed here.
One of Kate's new Gunlicker paintings was chosen for the inaugural monthly Huffington Post feature, "Hot Off The Easel", "designed to showcase a cross-section of vital and varied contemporary paintings."
Fiberart International featured Kate's work in their post, "Focus On: Embroidery: A Gorgeous Gut Punch" on August 11th, 2015.
Kate's painting "Blessed Art Thou" was featured in the December 2015 issue of Esquire magazine.
Kate was awarded a $6,000 Maryland Arts Council Grant in late Spring 2015.
Her Spring solo show at the Arlington Arts Center was reviewed in The Washington Post, and several pieces found new homes in private collections.