Kate Kretz is a Washington DC-based artist whose practice generally focuses on creating time-intensive work that speak of difficult truths. Recent series have addressed vulnerabilities of motherhood, familial dysfunctionality and America’s bully culture.
Kate’s work has appeared in over 95 international newspapers and has been featured repeatedly in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, and The Huffington Post. Her work has also appeared in Esquire, Vanity Fair Italy and ELLE Japon. Her controversial painting, “Blessed Art Thou”, was covered by hundreds of international news sources, and continues to be published in magazines and university textbooks worldwide, almost a decade later.
Her work has been widely exhibited in international museums and galleries, including the Museum of Arts & Design, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Racine Museum, Katonah Museum, and the Frost Art Museum.
Kate is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster through 2021. She has received the Maryland Council For The Arts Grant (in 2015 & 2017), The NC Arts Council Grant, The South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship, The Florida Visual Arts Fellowship, a Millay Colony Residency, a Hambidge Center Fellowship, the Southeastern College Art Conference’s 2016 award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, and was a 2013 Trawick Prize Finalist.
After working as an Associate Professor and BFA Director at Florida International University for ten years, she now works in her studio and teaches part time, while giving workshops and lectures at various universities. She is currently at work on a book, a step-by-step guide to finding visual voice.
She received her BFA at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and an MFA from the University of Georgia. She also earned a certificate at The Sorbonne in Paris.
All images courtesy of the artist
Rape Stand For A Dog Fighter
2015, ink and photograph on paper, 18 x 24″
Trophy / Trophy / Trophy
2015, ink on paper, 13 x 24
“Cri de Cœur” (Heart Cry)
2018, graphite on paper, 14 x 11″. After a detail of a Joseph Desiree Court painting. What it feels like to be a parent in America.
2015, oil & acrylic on Gatorboard, 20 x 16″
2016, oil and acrylic on Gatorboard, 20 x 16″
2010, mother’s (artist’s) hair from gestation period embroidered on child’s garment, velvet, 14 x 15″
Beauty of Your Breathing
2013, mother’s hair from gestation period embroidered on found dress, velvet, 20 x 25″. Collection of the artist.
Decades of Dreaming of You
2012, hair embroidery on mother’s (artist’s) hair from gestation period, thread from unraveled pillowcase, 3 x 5 x 5″. Text reads “Decades of Dreaming of You”. Nina Fuentes Collection, Miami.
Decades of Dreaming of You, detail
egg made from unraveled pillowcases
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