NOTE: Kate Kretz’s Facebook page has been disabled as of May 9th, for posting images of her MAGA Hat series. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, and new work from the ongoing series will be posted here and on Instagram. I have written a Medium article about it HERE, and someone kindly started a change.org petition HERE. Thank you for the support!
Kate is presently focusing all of her energies in the studio, at work on a significant ongoing series focused on America's bully culture, begun in 2012. You can follow the progress of the series here. Additional venues are being sought for the #bullyculture series, which continues to grow.
Kate has been invited by The James Renwick Alliance to be a part of their 2019-2020 Distinguished Artist Series. The James Renwick Alliance celebrates the achievements of America's craft artists and fosters scholarship, education, and public appreciation of craft art. The DAS presents four separate events each year, each consisting of a workshop and lecture by an acclaimed craft artist. Kate’s weekend will be May 9th & 10th, 2020, with a workshop Sat. 5/9, 9:30-noon, location TBD, and a lecture Sun. 5/10 , 2:00-3:00 at American University museum.
Kate’s work will be part of the inaugural exhibition at Catalyst Contemporary Gallery in Baltimore, opening on May 4th and running through June 8.
Group exhibition, "Fahrenheit 213", curated by Dr. Tanya Augsburg, Prisicilla Otani, and Sawyer Rose, will open at Arc Gallery in San Francisco from April 13 - May 11, 2019.
The "#bullyculture" series was featured in a solo exhibition, “Brute”, at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, from Oct 22 -Nov 28, 2018. Kate gave a lecture that will soon be available for viewing on Vimeo.
Recent group exhibitions include “TNT Text”, curated by Travis Childers and featuring Linda Hesh, Barry Jones, Kate Kretz, John Thomas-Paradiso, Judy Southerland and Aliza Tucker: Nov. 10, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019 at WAS Gallery in Bethesda, MD, and "The Eros Effect", curated by Jane Hart, at Bridge Red Studios in Miami from Nov 4, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019.
In June of 2018, Kate's work was acquired by the Montgomery County Public Arts Trust for their Contemporary Works on Paper Collection.
“In Her Hands” exhibition opens at Robert Mann Gallery in NYC, and runs from June 14th to August 17th. The exhibition will focus on craft materials that define the powerful domestic history of feminine art forms with portraits of progressive women candidates who are running in the 2018 elections. Kate created an embroidered portrait of Pramila Jayapal for the exhibition.
Kate Kretz: Common Denominator
January 24 – March 24, 2018
Cora Miller Gallery, York College, York, PA
Lecture/Reception: Thursday, March 8, 7 PM
DeMeester Recital Hall
A 64-page catalog will be published in conjunction with the exhibition. The virtual copy is here.
Kate's interview with the York College radio station is here.
A brief video of the exhibition can be seen here.
The exhibition has been reviewed at Delicious Line and the York Daily Record.
The artist talk will be available on Youtube in a few weeks.
Kansas City group exhibition "Ouch: Works From the Belger Collection" featured work by Kate Kretz, Terry Allen, William Christenberry, Viola Frey, Robert Rauschenberg, and others, and ran through June 2nd, 2018.
Kimberly Ruth interviewed Kate for BTR Today's "Art Uncovered" podcast on April 11, 2018.
Kate was awarded a Maryland Arts Council Grant (Craft) in February of 2018.
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.
Kate has been a recent contributor to the Hyperallergic series, "Drawing In A Time Of Fear And Lies" with "The Stain On Our Flag", "Sociopaths Don't Cry" (crying Donald Trump), "Predator", "Peering Down Trump's Lie Hole", "Mother's Nightmare", “Channeling Our Collective Fury”, and “The Momentum of This Moment”.
Kate wass 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. Her work was included in the exhibition Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials, the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize from September 14, 2018-March 9, 2019, where her hair embroidery work “Rupture” won the People’s Choice Award.
Upcoming group shows include "The Senator Portrait Project" (an exhibition of portraits featuring senators who oppose gun control), Saturday, April 7th at BestWorld NYC at 221 Madison Street in NYC. "It's In Our Hands" (an exhibition of portraits featuring progressive female politicians) at Robert Mann Gallery in NYC, opening June 14th, and Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials, the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize (September 14, 2018-March 9, 2019) at the Society For Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA.
"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
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.
The College Art Association's Committee on Women in The Arts chose Kate's 2017 solo show, "#bullyculture", for April's "not to be missed" picks of the best in international feminist art and scholarship!
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 will give a lecture on ThursdayK May 9/10