Kathryn Pannepacker

Fiber Arts


Public Art projects




Mural Arts Project: Wall of Rugs


Contact Information

tel: 267-738-0050
e-mail: kpannepacker@gmail.com
Healing Blanket Project
Adopt a Fence/Sponsor a Shag
Arts Street/Philly
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.
Please contact artist directly for a listing of exhibitions and professional experience history

Artist Bio

I am a textile/visual artist living in Philadelphia. I graduated from Penn State University with a major in English and a minor in art. Afterwards, back in the late 80’s, for 4 years in Berkeley, CA., I apprenticed with 3rd generation French tapestry weaver, Jean Pierre Larochette and his partner, Yael Lurie, a painter and designer for tapestry. I then went to Aubusson, France to continue weaving as an artist-in-resident. I also had the opportunity to be an artist-in-resident in Hachioji, Japan, through the Japan Foundation. Though still weaving pictorial tapestry, I also weave with unusual materials. I am the former director of the DaVinci Art Alliance, and still serve on the board there. I am a rostered teaching artist for the PA Council On the Arts/ Artists and Education, Young Audiences of PA., and BuildaBridge. Through the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia, I painted a 7′ x 500ft wide mural called Wall of Rugs: the global language of textiles at Girard and Belmont Avenues featuring the textiles of 43 countries.

I exhibit locally, nationally and internationally, and have work in private and public collections. I am committed to the transformative power of art in people’s lives and the sustainability of such transformation by involving the community.

Regarding my work, specifically, I am interested in the gestural quality of the woven line, and the juxtaposition of antique motifs alongside of pop-op materials. My paintings are often narrative. I am currently doing a new body of work of large tapestries from paintings. As well, I am revisiting the peace vigil weaving project and currently am weaving the U.S and Iraq flags with mixed materials and paper matches. Give a call if you’d like to be invited to an “igniting” or “cutting-off” event.


(partial list)
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Continued Education Dept., two-class scholarship, printmaking

2000 – 2002
Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA
Part I & II advanced graduate seminar, granted by the Violette di Mazia Trust for studio artists who are also educators

1997 – 1999
Apprentice/Assistant to mural artist Diane Keller, Philadelphia, PA

The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA

1994 – 1995
Barin Oriental Rugs, Philadelphia, PA
Apprenticeship with Hagop Barin, master of antique rug restoration

Ecole Nationale des Arts et Technique de la Tapisserie, Aubusson, France
Six-month intensive study of tapestry weaving, design, and painting

1990 – 1991
The Claremont Rug Company, Berkeley, CA
Training on restoration of antique Persian and Oriental rugs; natural dyeing workshops

1988 – 1991
Lurie/Larochette Tapestry Studio, Berkely, CA
Apprenticeship the with third-generation French tapestry weaver Jean Pierre Larochette, and painter / designer for tapestry Yael Lurie. Study of low-warp tapestry weaving technique, design, and painting

1982 – 1987
Penn State University, State College, PA
BA in English, minor Art

Professional Experience

2010 – present
Founder, Arts Street Textile Studio: handmade with the homeless, Philadelphia, PA

Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Textile preparator for exhibition of Burmese textiles

2004 – present
Art Futures, Young Audiences, and Build-a-Bridge International, Philadelphia, PA

Selected artist for PA Council of the Arts /Artists and Education Directory

2001 – present
Art instructor, Masonic Village, Lafayette Hill, PA

1998 – 2001
Director, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Coordinator object preparation, 8th Annual International Conference of Oriental Carpets, Philadelphia, PA

1994, 1995
Restoration of antique Persian and Oriental rugs. Barin Oriental Rugs. Philadelphia, PA

Full time studio/ community artist

Honors and Awards

(partial list)
International Mural Painting Conference, Mexico City, Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

Leeway Foundation Window of Opportunity Grant for nine-day workshop in El Tuito, Mexico with my weaving mentors, Larochette/Lurie

Kathryn Wellman Award for Excellence, Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers, Philadelphia, PA

Travel companion to renowned Philadelphia architect, Frank Weise, for one month in Paris, France

4 week travel throughout Turkey specifically for pattern/motif study for painting and weaving.

Six month artist-in-residency fellowship for the TAMA LIFE 21 project, Hachioji City, Tokyo
Sponsored by The Japan Foundation, and The Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Six month artist-in-residency invitation at Ecole Nationale des Arts & Techniques de la Tapisserie, Aubusson, France


(partial list)
Rosof, Libby, “Fiber arts month here–just the facts” artblog, April 20, 2006

Rosof, Libby, “Shipping news; sales pitch” artblog, November 23, 2005

“Inferno”, South Jersey’s Art Newspaper, Sept./Oct. issue

“High Street Ignites with Creative Artists”, Millville News, July 16, 2005

Huggins, Edi, Channel 10, KYW radio, ‘The 10 Show’, and “Cable Network, NewsMakers”

“Kathryn Pannepacker”, Three Part Video Portrait, Romanblog
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Sozanski, Ed, “Weekend Section”, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 23, 2004

Shuttle, Spindle, and Dye Pot, review and photo of work in Synderman-Works exhibition

Fiber Arts Magazine
, Fall issue

Philadelphia Daily News, Oct. 10th, page 41

“Feast on Art…”, South Philadelphia Review, Nov.21, 2002

“Tour gives public glimpse…” Girard Home News, Oct. 2000

“Journeys”, International Tapestry Journal, Winter 1997

“Children’s art joins neighborhood”, Philadelphia Inquirer, October 1

“Woman’s vision clears a city lot”, Philadelphia Inquirer, October 2, 1995

Cover art, AMELIA Translation magazine, Tokyo, Japan, January & February issues

“Lurie & Larochette Tapestries: Intimate Spaces”, FIBERARTS Magazine, Summer 1991 Vol.18, No. 1


(partial list)

Cover, Art Matters, Philadelphia, PA, July

FiberArts, Winter Issue

“How Art Happens”, Philadelphia Inquirer, January 31

TAMA Art Studio exhibition catalog, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Exhibitions


Textile: True or False, Gallery 50, Bridgeton, NJ

New Works Presented:Tapestries and Paintings, The Lounge, Philadelphia, PA

Over-Under, There-Here: The Art of the Weaver, The Pennsylvania State University at Ogontz, Abington, PA


The Textile Palette: Expressions in Contemporary Fiber, Wired Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

5th International Fiber Biennial, Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

Weaving Studio Paintings, MugShots Coffeehouse and Juicebar, Philadelphia, PA

Textile 05, Kaunas, Lithuania
Juried, International Exhibition

Urban Canvas: works by Vincent Romaniello with invited guest artists, Gallery Siano, Philadelphia, PA

Re-POP, High Street Gallery, Millville, NJ; Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA
Traveling Exhibition
Curated: DaVinci Art Alliance

Art Ability, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, Bryn Mawr, PA
Featured Artist, International Exhibition

Fourth Biennial Fiber Exhibition, Snyderman-Works,
Philadelphia, PA
International Exhibition

Woven Drawings: Line as Gesture, Gallery 51, Philadelphia, PA
Solo Exhibition

Art in the Garden, Hawk Mountain, PA
Curator: Eileen Togninni

Repetition: Day After Day, InLiquid at the Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

ArtFirst!, Princeton Medical Center, Princeton, NJ

InFiltration, Unfiltered Fringe, a weaving installation project of 7,000 Q-tips, sponsored by InLiquid, at Seaman’s Institute, Philadelphia, PA

In:View, part of InLiquid’s Unfiltered Fringe, Alternative Exhibition Space, Philadelphia, PA

New Works: paintings and weavings, DaVinci Art Alliance Philadelphia, PA
with David Foss

George Mason University Prof. Gallery, Arlington, VA
with Alice Whealin

ArtMatters, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Miniatures:2000, Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Emerging Fiber Artist: Philadelphia, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Fresh Perspectives, Very Special Arts Gallery, Washington, DC

TAMA LIFE 21 project, Hachioji, Japan

Ecole Nationale des Arts & Techniques de la Tapisserie, Aubusson, France

Exhibitions Curated

(partial list)
Fiber Artist: Philadelphia, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Public Projects

(partial list)
Backdrop/Mural, SaltWorld Theater, Philadelphia, PA

Traveler’s Aid Family Shelter, Build-a-Bridge International, Philadelphia, PA
Mural project with children

2004, 2005
Wall of Rugs, Girard and Belmont Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Sponsored by the Mural Arts Program, The City of Philadelphia, and the Ford Foundation

Ignite Our Hearts for Peace : 2 weavings & a Vigil, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Celebration Curtain hand-woven installation for Jeanne Ruddy Dance Company, Philadelphia, PA

Peace Star, Herman and Chew Streets, Philadelphia, PA
Mural Arts Program

Turkish morning Glory Motif, Southwark Branch Philadelphia Free Library, Philadelphia, PA



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