Bio

Kate McConnell is a visual artist who lives and works in Washington, D.C., and Provincetown, MA.


Growing up in rural New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, gave Kate an enduring respect for nature, landscape, and being outdoors. Adding to her influences are the incomparable vistas of Cape Cod, MA, where Kate returns annually to study and paint.


Kate works in oils and gouache, exploring sensations of the natural elements in the landscape with spirited freshness and honesty. She enjoys the immediacy of plein air painting, as well as reinterpreting those outdoor experiences in the studio.


Before painting full-time, Kate had a career as a noted book designer and graphic artist, and for over a decade she was as an instructor in book arts and typography design at the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, D.C.


Kate has recently shown at Touchstone Gallery in D.C., the Rouge Gallery at The Red Inn in Provincetown, MA, Capitol Hill Art League in D.C., Arts Club of Washington, D.C., The Art League Gallery in Alexandria, VA, and Provincetown Art Association and Museum in MA.


Her work is collected in the United States and Europe.


You can find Kate outside.


Statement

I have a steadfast connection to the outdoors.


Much of my work is landscape-inspired, reflecting the sensations I perceive in trees, dunes, and other natural forms.


I am particularly fascinated by the structure of trees, which to me are evocative of human gesture and spirit, and remind me that we and the natural world share similar vulnerabilities to the passing of time, environmental degradation, and a changing climate.


My goal is to capture nature’s vitality with paint.


Enjoy,


CV

Solo + Featured Exhibitions

2017–2020  |  Rouge Gallery, The Red Inn, Provincetown, MA • Featured Artist

2016  |  Touchstone Gallery Solo Show, Washington, DC “Suitcase Paintings”

2016  |  Eno Wine Club, Four Seasons Hotel, Solo Show, Washington, DC

2015  |  Arts Club Of Washington, DC, Solo Show, Juror Sandra Gobar

2014  |  Amandeline Gallery, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Featured Artist

2012  |  Touchstone Gallery Washington, DC, Solo Show, “It’s My Nature”

2012  |  Side Car Gallery, Crossroads Art Center, Richmond, VA, Solo Show, Curator Jenni Kirby

2011  |  Great Room Gallery, Yarmouth Port, MA, Featured Artist Juror, Humberto

2007  |  Renee Comet Studio, Triad Invitational Exhibition, Washington, DC


Selected + Curated Group Exhibitions

2020

Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, DC • “MELTDOWN” Juror, John Copolla

Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, MD • “HOME” Jurors, Terence Nicholson + Erwin Timmers

Rouge Gallery, The Red Inn, Provincetown, MA • Featured Artist 2017–2020

Provincetown Art Association + Museum, Provincetown MA, “Members 12 x 12” Exhibition


2015–2020  |  Rouge Gallery, Provincetown, MA


2019

Ch/Art – Chevy Chase Art Group, Washington, DC • “CONNECT-DISCONNECT” Juror, Glen Kessler

Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, DC • “ROAD TRIP”

Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, DC • “HOME” Juror, Anke Van Wagenberg

Hill Center Gallery, The Hill Center, Washington, DC • TREEmendous Juror, Carol Ottensen

Corner Store Gallery, Washington, DC • “NEW BEGINNINGS,” Curator, Karen Cohen


2018

Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD • “The ONE HOUSE Project”

Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, DC • “SUMMER EXPLORATIONS” Juror, Spencer Dormitzer

Provincetown Art Association + Museum, Provincetown MA, “Members 12 x 12” Exhibition

Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, DC • “Our World” Juried Show


2017

Hill Center Gallery, The Hill Center, Washington, DC

Velocity Condominium, Washington, DC

Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA


2008–2017  |  Provincetown Art Association + Museum, Provincetown, MA


2006–2015  |  The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA • Member + Juried Shows


2013

Hill Center Gallery, The Hill Center, Washington, DC Juror, Jack Rasmussen

Columbia Pike Artist Studios, Arlington, VA

Lost Creek Winery, Capitol Hill Art League Show, Virigina,

Capitol Hill Hotel, Washington, DC Juried Abstract Summer Show


2010–2013  |  Vander Zee Gallery, Alexandria, VA


2011  |  Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, DC, Juror Steve Fleming


2010  |  Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Alexandria, VA , Juror, Barbara Rachko


2009  |  Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, DC Juror, Catriona Fraser


2005–2007  |  Pleasant Grove Historic Church, Group Invitational, McLean, VA


2006  |  Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center, Vienna, VA


Education

BA, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA Fine Arts

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, PA Graphic Design

George Washington University, DC Landscape Design

Further study at the Corcoran College of Art, Washington, DC; The Washington Studio School, Washington, DC; Truro Center for the Arts Castle Hill, Truro, MA; and Provincetown Art Association, Provincetown, MA.


Awards

Juror’s Award, “HOME,” Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, DC, Juror Anke Van Wagenberg, 2019

Juror’s Award, Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, DC, Juror, Catriona Fraser of Fraser Gallery, 2009

Distinguished Alumni Award, Fine Arts Department, Westminster College, PA, 2008

Creative Breakthrough Award, Time Life Books, VA, Classic Literature Book Design Series, 1998

Meritorious Award in Graphic Design, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 1986


Affiliations

Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC, Representation, 2010–2018

Capitol Hill Art League, Steering Committee Member, 2017 to present

Ch/Art – Chevy Chase Art Group, Board Member, 2018 to present