Kate Stewart

Recent Works

Artist's Biography

Kate Stewart received an MFA in Painting from The University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Art and Art History from Dickinson College. She is currently Associate Professor of Art at West Chester University, where she’s been teaching since 2006.

Kate’s selected solo exhibitions include P.S. 122, Vox Populi Gallery, Seraphin Gallery, Moore College of Art, West Chester University, Drexel University, Gettysburg College and Ejecta Projects. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at TATE Modern in London, Plug Projects in Kansas City, Arlington Arts Center, Towson University, Pageant Soloveev Gallery and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. She received a Fleisher Challenge Award in 2005 and the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art in 2015. Kate has also created public murals for Dickinson College, Arlington (VA) and Harrisburg (PA) for the 2019 Mural Fest. She has attended creative residencies at Vermont Studio Center, the 40th Street A.I.R. in Philadelphia, and was most recently chosen as an Artist in Residence at the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Exploratory Residency.

Artist's Statement

My current creative practice finds connections with research on brain activity during various states of consciousness, specifically the theta state of the brain during meditation, REM sleep and hypnosis. Characteristic of the theta state, brain wave frequencies slow down and the subject is often able to occupy a space between the conscious and the subconscious. This is the place I try to describe in my paintings. While I am relatively new to meditation, my practice has slowly begun to influence my creative work and research over the past five years. I’m interested in teasing out the similarities between these practices by examining my own synesthetic responses to sounds and thoughts in the form of visual sensations such as color, light and space.

I've departed from labor-intensive planning and mapping that I once felt necessary as preliminary steps to creating paintings. My approach has become more intuitive which feels less predictable, and yields greater opportunities for surprise. The invented spaces in these works challenge traditional spatial understanding through juxtapositions of flat vs. illusionistic space, natural vs. artificial color and light... and lyrics vs. aggressive paint language. Surface and illusion also factor into the work largely through a variety of painting techniques and the combining of materials that reveal different hierarchies of art-making.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2018
Exhibition in print, Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 41

Kate Stewart, Recent Work, The Yard, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Alyssa Laverda

2015
Tweak of Nature, Annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2013
Ex-Voto, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Götterdämmerung, Knauer Gallery, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

2012
Civil Dusk, Wilson Gallery, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Kaytie Johnson

heaven, Schmucker Gallery, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA

Provisions, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Controlled Burn, Perelman Gallery, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Götterdämmerung, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009
les abattoirs, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Flash & Duck, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Shelter Skelter, Long Gallery, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

Evacuation Vacation, The Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2020
Made in Paint, Sam & Adele Golden Gallery,New Berlin, NY
Exhibition of Golden Paint Foundation fellows

Two-person Exhibition with Kristopher Benedict, The Art Trust, West Chester, PA

2019
Faculty Exhibition, John H. Baker Gallery, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

2017
Annodyne High Art V.1 Annodyne Headquarters, Blue Bell, PA
Curator: Genevieve Coutroubis

2016
Strange Landscapes, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA
Curators: Karyn Miller and Blair Murphy

2015
Open Field, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Andrea Gaydos Landau

The Woodmere Annual, Woodmere Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Curators: Billy and Stephen Dufala

Paintings in Trees, Bushwick People’s Garden, Brooklyn, NY

HYPERINTERSECTION, Summer Invitational, Pageant Soloveev Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Works On Paper, South Shore Art Center, MA
Juror: Al Miner (Assistant Curator, Museum of Fine Arts Boston)

Juried exhibition in print, Fresh Paint Magazine, Issue V

DO IT, Philadelphia Artists Instruction Manual, The Galleries at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Gallery Artists, Selected Works, Seraphin Gallery, Gallery II, Philadelphia, PA

Eons Beyond the Rib, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2013
IMAGO, Kipp Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Psychadelphia, Summer Invitational, Pageant Soloveev Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

BalletX Benefit, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Nocturne, Gates Auditorium, West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Collaboration with Patricia Powell

Encountering Nature, Towson University, Towson, MD
Curator: J. Susan Isaacs

2012
Secrets, Plug Projects, Kansas City, MO

Gifted, The Art Trust, West Chester, PA

Faculty Exhibition, Knauer Gallery, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

All Together Now, Window on Race Gallery, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Kaytie Johnson

2011
Shelter, Issue #3: Glasschord, Art & Culture Magazine

2010
The Solace of Labor/ Hinter Land, Long Gallery, West Chester, PA

Philadelphia Painters, The Painting Center, New York, NY

Seepages, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Miniscule, Oblong Gallery, London

NO SOUL FOR SALE, Festival of Independents, TATE Modern, London

2009
Gifted, The Art Trust, West Chester, PA

Trick of Light, Mahan Gallery, Columbus, OH

WCU Faculty Exhibit, The Hickman Center, West Chester, PA

VOX POPULI: BULK, Alcott Gallery, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC

NO SOUL FOR SALE, Festival of Independents, X Initiative, New York, NY

Invented: (un)Realities, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Thinking Small, project space: Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Rag & Bone, Pageant Soloveev Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Duck & Cover, Two-person exhibition, P.S. 122, New York, NY

Faculty Invitational Show, Guizhou University, Guiyang, China

New Work, Lantzy & Stewart, Two-person exhibition, Goodyear Gallery, Carlisle, PA

New American Paintings, Exhibition In Print, #75: Juror: Jenelle Porter

2007
Summer Exhibition of Works on Paper, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Disappearance, The Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Works On Paper, Long Beach Island Foundation, NJ
Curator: Starr Figura

From Eye To Eye, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Faculty Exhibition, Knauer Gallery, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

2006
Terror?, Intersection For the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Long Gone Sally, Two-person exhibition, Pageant Soloveev Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Faculty Exhibition, Long Gallery, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

New Gouaches, Paik & Stewart, A.I.R. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2005
VOXennial, Vox Populi Gallery,Philadelphia, PA
Jurors: Virgil Marti and Elyse Gonzales

Fleisher Challenge 3, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

IN-Habit, The Apartment Show, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Sean Stoops

2004
Dear Fleisher, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

North of The Border, Northern Liberties Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2003
Migration, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Collaborative Project

Institute of Contemporary Art Video Lounge, ICA, Philadelphia, PA

New American Paintings, Exhibition in print, #45
Juror: Ingrid Schaffner

PENN MFA Thesis, Gallery Siano, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Alex Baker

Testimony to Matrimony, Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA

Curated Animations, The Bridge Cinema Delux, West Philadelphia, PA

2002
Limitation of Life, Fox Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2001
Cane & Able, Meyerson Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Terry Adkins

Group Exhibition, 505 Gallery, Washington D.C.

Collections

Sam and Adele Golden Foundation

Awards & Honors

2019
West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Honors College Outstanding Faculty

2017
West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Excellence in Academic Advising

2016
National Public Art Network Year in Review
Award Nomination

West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Honors College Outstanding Faculty

2015
Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art

2013
West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Honors College Outstanding Faculty

2008
Pew Foundation Grant for Artists in Painting
Finalist

2003
Terra Foundation
Nominee

2002
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Larry Sphrintz Award

1998
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
Neilson-Bridger Award

Residencies & Grants

2019
Golden Paint Foundation for the Arts, New Berling, NY
Artist Residency

2018
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Artist Residency

West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Grant Recipient for Research for Academic and Creative Activities

2014
Dickinson College Summer Abroad Studio Program, Toulouse, France
Artist-in-Residence

2012 - 2013
West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Grant Recipient for Faculty Research & Development

2005 - 2006
40th Street A.I.R. Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Artist Residency, 6-month

2002
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Artist Residency

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Full travel Grant to attend Vermont Studio Center

Visiting Lecturer, Critic, Juror

2019
Delaware County Community College Student Foundations Show, Wilmington, DE
Juror

2017
Mt. Gretna School of Art, Mr. Gretna, PA
Critic, Artist Lecturer, Juror

2016
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
Artist Lecturer

2013
Adams County Annual Juried Exhibition, Schmucker Gallery, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
Juror

2012
Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Visiting Senior Critic for Graduate Program
Visiting Artist Lecture & Visiting Critic for Senior Painting Majors

Undergraduate Studio Juried Exhibition, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
Juror

Schmucker Gallery, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
Artist Lecturer

Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Artist Lecturer

2011
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
Artist Lecturer, "Life After Undergrad"

2010
Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Artist Lecturer

Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Visiting Critic for PDA Department final critiques

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Visiting Artist Lecture: High School Honors Program

2009
Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Artist Lecturer

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Visiting Artist Lecture: High School Honors Program

2008
Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Artist Lecturer

Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
Artist Lecturer

Special Projects & Commissions

Solo
2020
Project Arts Artist-in-Residence and Mural Workshop
Lancaster Country Day School, Lancaster, PA

2019
2019 Harrisburg Mural Fest
Mural commission for city of Harrisburg, PA
Organized by Sprocket Mural Works

2017
The Merry Pranksters
Mural commission for Dickinson College Farm, roving chicken house, Boiling Springs, PA

Drawings for Wishes Project
Earth Day at Dickinson College Farm, Boiling Springs, PA

Drawings for Wishes Project
West Chester University, West Chester, PA

2016
Orage
Mural commission for Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

Drawings for Wishes Project
Arlington Courthouse Plaza, Arlington, VA

Orage
Mural commission for Arlington Courthouse Plaza, Arlington, VA

Art on the ART Bus
Mobile Gallery commission for Arlington Public Transportation, Arlington, VA

Collaborative
2015
The Space Within, West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Co-curator with Kristopher Benedict

2012 - 2014
Smoke Drawings
Artist Collaboration with Ward Davenny

2008 - 2012
Vox Populi Gallery & Artist Collective
Artist Member

2007
Drawing Collaboration Project: Brosseau, Murphy, Norton, Stewart, White

2002
Limitation of Life, Fox Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Co-Curator

Education

2003
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Master of Fine Arts

1998
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
Bachelor of Arts

1998
Toulouse, France
Study Abroad

1997
University of Yaoundé, Cameroon
Study Abroad

Teaching Experience

2015 - Present
West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Associate Professor: Drawing, Painting, Senior Seminar

2016
West Chester University in Ambialet, France
Director/Instructor: Summer Studio Abroad to France

2015
Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Workshop Instructor: Methods and Materials in Drawing

2014
Moore College of Art Graduate Studies, Philadelphia, PA
Artist Mentor

2011 - 2015
West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Assistant Professor: Drawing, Painting, Senior Seminar

2006 - 2010
West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Adjunct Instructor: Drawing, Painting

2009
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
Adjunct Instructor: Beginning Drawing, Summer Session

2004
Dickinson College in Toulouse, France
Visiting Instructor: Plein Air Drawing & Painting

2003
University of Pennsylvania, PSAS, Philadelphia, PA
Visiting Instructor: Painting I, Gifted & Talented High School Summer Program

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Drawing I, College of General Studies

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Graduate Teaching Assistantship with Alfred Leslie: Drawing I

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Graduate Teaching Assistantship: Printmaking I