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KATE WILSON

Works in Pawtucket, RI
Born in 1973 in Salem, MA

 

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ARTIST STATEMENT

To be an artist is to translate raw emotion into form. Art awakens curiosity. Art is crucial because it expands our minds, as it unifies us in wonder.

My art explores the relationship between perception and imagination. Created as an antidote to stress, I use visually calming forms and optical illusions to imbue a sense of wonder. I work in various media. In my upcycled sculptures, I transform mass-produced consumer goods into organic forms that float at the ceiling, cascade down the wall, and glow in the dark. I also communicate through high-tone and gilded paintings, luminous ink paintings, and fractal-like photographic designs in limited editions of five that are dye-sublimated onto aluminum panels. I often hide tiny positive messages in my art that range from large-scale to miniature, many of which play with light.

Through my work, I create opportunities that invite tuning into the present moment and letting everything else disappear as curiosity takes over because everyone benefits when they experience a dopamine release. This feel-good chemical has the power to shift perspective and positively impact the world.

 


 

BIOGRAPHY

Kate Wilson (b. 1973, Salem, MA, USA) explores the serenity of nature. Her work utilizes painting, photography, and sculpture created from mass-produced consumer goods to investigate the healing effects of natural forms on the human psyche. Wilson trained at RISD and Skidmore College. The artist has participated in exhibitions at the Berkshire Art Museum, MA; Newport Art Museum, RI; University of Rhode Island, RI; National Association of Women Artists, NY; Providence Art Club, RI; Atelier Newport, RI; Candida Clayton Gallery, RI; among others. 

In 2019, the Bristol Art Museum, RI, selected Wilson as one of twelve "regional abstract artists to watch." In 2018, the Rhode Island Council for the Arts selected her for a solo exhibition at the Block Island Airport Gallery. Her Hope For The Planet aerial sculpture was invited to be installed in the Rhode Island State House, where visitors could add their wish for the planet to the thousands of wishes already present. Her art is in private collections worldwide, including a 12 x 8-foot commission in the New England Institute of Technology residence hall and hotels along the Florida coast. Wilson currently lives and works in Rhode Island.

 

 


 

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION
2011—2014  CE Certificate of Graphic Design, RISD, Providence, RI

1991—1995  BS in Education & Liberal Studies, Concentration in Studio Art, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

1990  Pre-College Summer Program, RISD, Providence, RI

AWARDS
2022 Third Place, Layer on Layer - Art League of Rhode Island National Juried Exhibition, Pawtucket, RI
          Second Place, SPACE - The Art League of Rhode Island National Juried Exhibition, Pawtucket, RI

2021 Grant Recipient, Rhode Island State Council For The Arts

2020 Honorable Mention, Gallery Night Juried Exhibition, Providence, RI
          Grant Recipient, Rhode Island State Council For The Arts

2019 Selected Artist, Providence Gallery Night, Publicity Collateral
          Featured Artist, Rhode Island Monthly - Candita Clayton Gallery

2018 Featured Artist, Rhode Island Home Show, Providence, RI
          Honorable Mention, Through the Lens International Juried Exhibition - Art League Rhode Island, Providence, RI

2017 Honorable Mention, Boats, Surf, & Beaches International Juried Exhibition - Art League Rhode Island, Providence, RI

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021 Finger Painting With Oils - Sprout Gallery, Providence, RI

2019  
Natural Serenity - Candita Clayton Gallery, Pawtucket, RI

2018  Beauty In The Abstract - Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Airport Gallery, Block Island, RI
​          Beauty in Simplicity - Sprout Gallery Warren, Inaugural Artist, Warren, RI

2017 Twisting Reality - Sprout Gallery, Providence, RI

THREE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2023 Reflections, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI

2019
 Blossom, Candita Clayton Gallery, Pawtucket, RI

2018 
Vestiges, Atelier Newport, Newport RI

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2024  Frozen Dreams & Abstract Realities: Winter's Dual Nature - NAWA Juried Online Exhibition
          Instructors and Students Exhibition, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI
          New Members Exhibition, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI

2023  Ambition - Juried Exhibition -
Wedeman Gallery, Lasell College, Newton, MA
          Little PicturesProvidence Art Club, Providence, RI

          Instructors and Students Exhibition, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI

          
Members Exhibition, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI
         
Female - Juried Exhibition - Berkshire Art Museum, North Adams, MA
          Dancing With Orange - Juried Exhibition - University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI
          National Association of Women Artists 134th Exhibition, New York, New York

2022  Layer on Layer - National Juried Exhibition - Art League Rhode Island, Pawtucket, RI
​          S=P=A=C=E - National Juried Exhibition - Art League Rhode Island, Pawtucket, RI
​          29th Annual Wet Paint Auction - Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI
​          Summer Group Show - Candita Clayton Gallery, New London, NH
​          Fall Group Show - Candita Clayton Gallery, New London, NH

2021 Summer Group Show - Candita Clayton Gallery, New London, NH
​          Fall Group Show - Candita Clayton Gallery, New London, NH
​          Providence Art Club National Open Juried Exhibition - Providence, RI
​          Artbox.Project World 1.0 - Artbox Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland

2020 Gallery Night Providence Kick-Off National Juried Exhibition - Sprout Gallery, Providence, RI
​          Member Exhibition - Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI
​          Really Big Group Show - Candita Clayton Gallery, Pawtucket, RI

2019 The Abstract - 12 Regional Abstract Artists - Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI
​          La Famiglia - Atelier Newport, Newport, RI
​          Ready For Spring Show - Candita Clayton Gallery, Pawtucket, RI

2018  Hearths & Hideaways - Atelier Newport, Newport RI

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La Famiglia - Atelier Newport, Newport, RI

​          A Pairing - Atelier Newport, Newport, RI
​          Really Big Group Show - Candita Clayton Gallery, Pawtucket, RI
​          Anniversary Group Show - Candita Clayton Gallery, Pawtucket, RI
​          Summer Show - Candita Clayton Gallery, Pawtucket,  RI
​          Earth Day Tribute - Sprout Gallery, Providence, RI
​          Flower Show - Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA
​          Jamestown Arts Center Member Exhibition, Jamestown, RI
​          Art League Rhode Island Associated Members Exhibition, Warwick, RI

2017 Crosswinds - Atelier Newport, Newport, RI
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Through the Lens International Juried Exhibition - Art League Rhode Island, Providence, RI
​          Attleboro Arts Museum Member Exhibition, Attleboro, MA
​          Jamestown Arts Center Member Exhibition, Jamestown, RI
​          Photography Guild - Newport Museum, Newport, RI
​          Crosswinds - Atelier Newport, Newport, RI
​          Natural Wonders - Sprout Gallery, Providence, RI
​          Coastal Curiosities - Sprout Gallery, Providence, RI
​          Member Exhibition - Providence Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI
​          Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Member Exhibition - Mill Gallery, Providence, RI
​          Associated Members Exhibition- Art League Rhode Island, Providence, RI
​          Boats, Surf, and Beaches International Juried Exhibition - Art League Rhode Island, Providence, RI
2016 Transforming Reality - Sprout Gallery, Providence, RI

INSTALLATIONS
I have created commissions for private collections across the US in the following mediums: paint, ink on panels, and limited editioned photographic designs dye-sublimated onto aluminum.

2023 Office of Singulart, Paris, France
2022 682 guest rooms at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Marco Island, FL
         8-foot installation in the Reception Area of the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Miramar Beach, FL
         Two installations at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Marco Island, FL

2019 Upton Residencies, large-format art for all four floors at the elevators, inspired by the original laundromat
                  on the property, Providence, RI

2018 New England Institute of Technology, 12-foot triptych in the residential building, East Greenwich, RI

TALKS & INTERVIEWS
2023  Artistic Process, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI

2022 Change-maker Interview: Artist Kate Wilson's Global Resonance For Hope & Love
​          In The Studio Interview, Leesburg Center For The Arts, Leesburg, FL

2021  Featured Artist, Providence Gallery Night, Valley Arts District Walking Tour, Providence, RI

2018  Gallery Night Celebrity Tour Guide, Providence, RI
​          Panel Discussion with Candita Clayton: Curating & Commissioning Fine Art, Boston Design Center, Boston, MA

2017  Gallery Night Celebrity Tour Guide, Providence, RI
​          Artistic Process, PVDFest & Gallery Night Maker Tour, Providence, RI

2014  Artistic Process, RISD, Providence, RI

PUBLICATIONS
Artscope, July/August 2023, A Spiritual Evolution: NAWA Expands Its Message To The Berkshires
Studio Visit Book, Volume 1, Summer 2023  Rising Women in the Arts
Wescover, June 2022  Four Modern Creators
Boston Voyager Magazine,
December 2018  Fine Art
Providence Monthly,
August 2017  Beauty In Simplicity
The Bay
, August 2017  Finding Beauty In Simplicity

AFFILIATIONS
Providence Art Club, Exhibiting Member, Membership Committee
Art League RI, Elected Artist
Jamestown Art Center, Affiliated Artist
National Association of Women Artists, Signature Member
National Association of Women Artists, Massachusetts Chapter
American Women Artists
Netvrrk
Americans for the Arts
Artists Rights Society
RISD Museum
Newport Art Museum
Bristol Art Museum
Beaver Country Day School, Alumna
Skidmore, Alumna

* Kate's creative energy is brought to you in part by her razor scooter, fairy wings, and golden horns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


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