Katie Kahn




1976                MFA Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

1974                BFA California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA

                        [with High Distinction in Painting & Printmaking]

1967-68           University of Chicago, Chicago, IL     



2014                Residency, Roswell Artist-in-Residence, Roswell, NM

2002                Residency, Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY

1999-2000       Residency, Roswell Artist-in-Residence, Roswell,NM

1993/94           National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artists Fellowship – national

1984                Residency Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL

1973                Fellowship Yale Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk, CT

1971-74           California State Scholarship; Full Tuition Scholarship

                        California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA


Selected Exhibitions

2015     Solo, Kruger Gallery Chicago, Chicago, IL

2014     Solo, , Reading Between the Lines  Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL

             My Girl  It’s All About Things, Port Chester, NY curated by Luis Maldonado

             NIU School of Art Faculty Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL

2013     Solo Varities of Denial (collaboration with Terri Kapsalis), A.I.R. gallery, Brooklyn, NY

             Whisper Down the Lane  Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago     

             curated by Lorelei Stewart, Director Gallery 400

             Gallery Lecture The Life and Paintings of Eleanor Coen  Heuser Art Gallery, Bradley

             University, Peoria, IL Curated by Erin Buczynski, Director of Galleries, Exhibitions and

             Collections. In conjunction with Symposium, Midwest Women Artists, 1840-1940.    

             Organized by Art History professor Sarah Glover, Bradley University, Peoria IL

2012     Assistant Curator  Detained:Immigration and the PIC  Mess Hall, Chicago  

             Addressed intersections between immigration and the prison industrial complex

             Rock, Paper, Sissors: Process & Perception The Schingoethe Art Gallery, Aurora

             University, Aurora, IL Curated by Meg Bero, Gallery Director

2011     Panelist  Uncovering the stories of Midwestern Women Artists, 1840 - 1940 

             Symposium, organized by Channy Lyons, Art Historian and co-curator of exhibition,

             Skirting Convention: Illinois Women Artists, 1840-1940, Lakeview Museum, Peoria, IL,  

             Oct 1, 2011 – Jan 15, 2012. Panel and exhibition was a component of a larger Illinois  

             Women Artists (IWA) project exploring the works and lives of Illinois women artists active   

             between1840 and 1940.  Discussed the work and political/social context in which  

             Chicago artist Eleanor Coen practiced. Bradley University, Peoria IL    

             Curator I All Alone Beweep My Outcast State Kruger Gallery Marfa, Chicago, IL

             An exhibition of contemporary artists practicing in a range of media: painting, drawing,  

             collage, photography, sculpture, installation, and sound; organized the show around the   

             dialogue between each artist’s visual response to the complex, but in this context oddly

             unifying, content of Shakespeare’s sonnet.Featured artists:

             Joel Dean, John Sparagana, Philip Hanson, Michael Knierim, David A. Parker, Mike Rea

             Curator  010010010100111001000110010011110000110100001010 The work of NIU

             Advanced Painting students expored the influence of electronic media on contemporary  

             art practice.  BadDogDeKalb,IL


2011     Biennial School of Art Faculty Exhibition NIU Art Museum, DeKalb, IL

             Black at Heart BadDog, DeKalb, IL

2010     Solo Just as Curious When It’s Sung The Schingoethe Art Gallery, Aurora University, Aurora, IL

             Ah Wilderness Ebersmoore, Chicago

             Stages of Transition Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, IL

             Artist’s Lecture  Buddhism and the Body – The Knowing Body; Art, Self and Introspection

             Fondren Library, Kyle Mororw Room, Rice University  

             Moderator: Ann Klein, Dept of Religious Studies, Rice

             Presenters: Professor Marsha Brennan, Department of Art History, Rice; Ang Tshirin Sherpa,artist and Thangka painter     

             Solo  All the News that’s Fit Joan Wich Gallery, Houston, TX

2009      Solo The World is as You Are  State of Illinois Gallery, Thompson Center Chicago, IL

             Dog and Pony Show Baddog, DeKalb, IL

             Solo Cease Fire Stall Rages Galeria Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

              Sexy Peasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, IL

2008      Bitchin’ Baddog, DeKalb, IL

             Solo Gratitude - There’s no Competition Joan Wich Gallery, Houston, TX

             Open House Joan Wich Gallery, Houston, TX

2007     Solo Sea Change Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL

            Beyond a Gift of Time Roswell Museum & Art Center, Roswell, NM

            Exquisite Snake Block Gallery, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

            Solo Recent Paintings & Drawings the east wing - Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL

            Solo A Fantastic Galaxy of Complications Kreft Center Gallery,

            Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI

2006     Holiday Show Holiday Gallery on Division, Chicago, IL

            3 person Latent Power (I Read the News Today, Oh Boy) Baddog, DeKalb, IL     

            Theater Behind Privilege oil/canvas: on set of Bruce Norris’ “The Pain and the Itch”, Playwrights’ Horizons Theatre, New York, New York

2005     Behind Privilege oil/canvas: on set of Bruce Norris’“The Pain and the Itch”, Steppenwolf, Chicago, IL

            Solo Love Streams Atlantic Gallery, New York, New York

            Solo Stable Studios Chicago Artists’ Month Open Studios, Chicago IL

2004     Food for Thought: Art from Flo Judith Racht Gallery, Harbert, MI

            Flora, Atlantic Gallery, NYC

            Theater In the 10 Directions oil/canvas: at Collaboraction’s Sketchbook, Chopin Theater, Chicago, IL

            Solo One Elusive Goal The Cliff Dwellers, Chicago, IL

             Masks The Cliff Dwellers, Chicago, IL

2003     Solo The Mockingbird’s Unwoven Song Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY

            Exquisite Snake:  Birthday Tribute to Sid Block Jean Albano Gallery,            Chicago,IL

            Solo In Residence: Recent Paintings Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

            Large Works by Gallery Artists Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY

2002     Solo Recent Abstract and Figurative Paintings Gallery 1756, Chicago, IL

            Holiday Invitational Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY

            Solo Stable Studios Chicago Artists’ Month Open Studios Chicago IL

2001     Feminism: A Global Power Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

            Solo In the Valley of the Heart Concordia College Gallery, Bronxville, NY           

2000     Shake the Coat: Tribute to Gregory Gillespie Carlson Tower Gallery,

            North Park University, Chicago, IL

2000     Beyond Postcards from Gallery 1756: 1989-2000 Gallery 1756, Chicago, IL

            Solo Heaven and Hell Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM

1999     Solo Drawing into Painting University of Texas Permian Basin, Odessa, TX

            Solo Drawing Just to Draw II Merwin Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

            Solo Portraits Gallery 1756, Chicago, IL

            Women’s Caucus for Art Juried Members’ Show

            Beverly Art Center Chicago, IL

1988     Portrait Show II West End Gallery, Houston, TX

            Many Facets-One Spirit DeKalb Area Women’s Center, DeKalb, IL

            Then and Now Celebrating 25 Years of the Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art,

            Northern Illinois University Art Gallery, Chicago, IL

1997     Influx West End Gallery, Houston, TX

            Really Red West End Gallery, Houston, TX

            Generations New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA (catalog)

            Solo Recent Paintings Gallery 1756, Chicago, IL

            NIU Grad & Faculty Women DeKalb Area Women’s Center, DeKalb, IL

1996     Carving the Forces of Change Celebrating Women in the Arts-WCA National

            Juried 25th Anniversary Show Artemisia, Chicago, IL

            The Bird Show West End Gallery, Houston, TX

            Two person New Faculty, New Work Jack Olson Gallery, NIU, DeKalb, IL

            Maximum Drawings College of Santa Fe Fine Arts Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1993     Solo Recent Paintings & Drawings Transco Gallery,Transco Tower,HoustonTX

             Blacks & Whites Together: a Conversation for Racial Harmony

             Barnes-Blackman Galleries, Houston, TX

             The Mask in Contemporary Art Sewall Art Gallery, Rice University, Houston,TX

             Small Wonders Sally Sprout Gallery, Houston, TX

1992     Portrait Salon Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MO

1991      Eye to Eye Transco Gallery, Transco Tower, Houston, TX

             Creative Partners Sewall Art Gallery, Rice University, Houston, TX

             Private Investigations Lawndale Art&Performance Center, Houston, TX

1990      Not Just Another Faculty Show Sewall Art Gallery, Rice Uniersity, Houston,TX

             Paint a Saint Lawndale Art &Performance Center, Houston, TX

             Three person Old Friends, New Acquaintances Esther Saks Gallery,Chicago,IL

             Two Generations Chicago the Influence of Family Evanston Art Center IL

1989      New Faces Esther Saks Gallery, Chicago, IL

             Solo Recent Paintings & Drawings Leedy-Voulkos, Kansas City, MO

1988      two person Sparagana&Kahn New Gallery, Bemis Foundation, Omaha,NE

             two person Kahn & Sparagana Mark Four Gallery, Kansas City, MO

             New Arrivals Leedy-Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, MO

             Sixteen Young Bay Area ArtistsClara Hatton Gallery,CO State, Fort Collins,CO

             The GroupShow Watson-Ess Gallery, Kansas City, MO

             My Heart’s Desire Leedy Alternative Space, Kansas City, MO      

1987     Faculty Exhibition Walnut Creek Civic Arts Center, Walnut Creek, CA

1987     The Creative Process: 10 Years at Ragdale

1886     College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL

             Fairweather Hardin Gallery, Chicago, IL

             Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI

             Sonnenshein Gallery, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL

             Adler Cultural Center, Libertyville, IL (catalog)

             Painting Invitational Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY

             Pro-Arts Open Studios Gallery Exhibition Pro-Arts, Oakland, CA

             Chain Reaction San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA

1985     Pro-Arts Annual Juried Show Pro-Arts, Oakland, CA (catalog)

             Three Years Work: Figure Paintings&Drawings by the Heinz Avenue Group Chabot College Gallery, Hayward, CA

             60th Annual Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition,Crocker Art Museum,Sacramento CA

    Walnut Creek Open Juried Exhibition Walnut Creek Civic Art Gallery, CA

    Bay Arts ’85 Arts Council of San Mateo, Belmont, CA

1984     National Juried Exhibition 1984 Berkeley Arts Center, Berkeley, CA

             Small Packages San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

             59th Annual Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition Crocker Art Museum,Sacramento CA

             Faces Euphrat Gallery, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

1983      Printers as Artists Euphrat Gallery, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

             two person Recent Paintings Field Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

1982      Prints & Paintings Katherine Lincoln Press, San Francisco, CA

1980      three person Three Artists,Three Media Fairweather Hardin Gallery, Chicago, IL

     Group Show Fairweather Hardin Gallery, Chicago, IL

1979      Solo Recent Pastels Field Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

1976      M.F.A. Exhibition Yale University School of Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

             Works on Paper Swarthmore College Art Gallery, Swarthmore, PA

1973      Solo Paintings & Prints Studio I, Oakland, CA

1972      Solo Prints & Drawings Field Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA



1996-present    Associate Professor of Art, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

1994-95           Visiting Lecturer, Full-time, Rice University, Houston, TX

1991-92           Special Assistant Professor, Full-time, Kansas City Art Institute

1991                Visiting Lecturer, Part-time, Rice University, Houston, TX

1987-89           Assistant Professor, Kansas City Art Institute

1985-87           Instructor, Walnut Creek Civic Arts Center, Walnut Creek, CA

1984, 85           Adjunct Instructor, Part-time, San Francisco State University,

                        Instructor, ASUC Studios, University of California/Berkeley,

1981-83            Fine Arts Printer - Intaglio, Katherine Lincoln Press, San Francisco, CA

1981                 Instructor, Blackhawk Mountain School of Art, Central City, CA

1975                 Instructor, Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven, CT

1971-74.1         Teaching Assistant, Printmaking, California College of Arts&Crafts,

Oakland, CA


2014      Critiques – Begninning and Advanced Drawing, Kildonan School, Amenia, NY

2008      Artist’s Lecture & Workshop, Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL

2007      Artist’s Lecture, Kreft Gallery, Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI

2006      Juror’s Gallery Lecture, Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL

2002      Artist’s Lecture, Ucross Foundation Residency Program for the Arts, Literature and the Natural Sciences, Clearmont, WY

2001     “Shadow Dances”, Artist’s Lecture, Concordia College, Bronxville, NY

2000      Panelist, “In the Shadow of the 20th Century: A Symposium on Contemporary Representational Painting”, Carlson Twer Auditorium,

             North Park University, Chicago, IL

1999      Studio Lecture, for Albuquerque Arts Society, Roswell, NM

             Studio Lecture, for University of New Mexico/Las Cruces, Roswell, NM

             Artist’s Lecture & Critiques, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa TX

             Artist’s Lecture, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

             Graduate Critiques, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

             Artist’s Gallery Lecture, Gallery 1756, Chicago, IL

1997     Studio Lecture, SAIC Post-Baccalaureate Program, Chicago, IL

             Artist’s Gallery Lecture, Gallery 1756, Chicago, IL

1996      Artist’s Gallery Lecture, Jack Olson Gallery, NIU, DeKalb, IL

1994      Artist’s Lecture and Critiques, Rice University, Houston, TX

             Artist’s Lecture and Critiques, Randolph Macon, Lynchburg, VA

1993      Panelist and Artist’s Lecture, Symposium: The Mask in Contemporary Art, Rice University, Houston, TX

1991      Artist’s Lecture and Critiques, University of Houston, Houston, TX

1987      Artist’s Lecture and Critiques, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

1986      Artist’s Lecture and Critiques, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

             Studio Lecture, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

             Artist’s Lecture, California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA

1985      Artist’s Lecture, California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA


Selected Professional Experience

2014       Juror, Selection Committee,Roswell Artist-in-Residence Fellowship,Roswell, NM       

2000       Juror, “Ceramics 2000”, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM

1996       Juror,Selection Committee,Roswell Artist-in-Residence Fellowship,Roswell, NM  

1988-91  Selection Committee, Visual Arts, Ragdale foundation, Lake Forest, IL

1989       Juror, Kansas City Artist’s Coalition, Kansas City, MO


Selected Publications / Articles / Reviews

Ise, Claudine, A New Style of Art Communication, Chicago Tribune A&E, July 31, 2013, 1 illus.

Tamer,Cory, Do You Read Me?!  Review: Artist Katie Kahn and writer Terri Kapsalis take on science at A.I.R. Gallery, Artparacites, web review, May 15, 2013, 2 color illus.

Terri Kapsalis and Katie Kahn, Corroboration: Science Times. Short Fiction, University of Plymouth, UK, Centre Art: Text and Image, Editor: Anthony Caleshu,

Issue 3, 2010, 96 – 111& front & back covers (color), 7 color illus.

Wiginton, Christina, Mixed (Up) Media: old news is good news at these three hot art shows,  Houston Magazine, November, 2009, 96, 2 color illus.

KUHF's The Front Row, [radio interview], Houston Public Radio, Feb 26, 2008 (and on website archive)

Lombardi, D. Dominick.   Abstract Paintings that Cross the Barriers of Time and Place, The New York Times, Arts & Entertainment sec., Westchester ed., Sunday, November 4, 2001, 9, Color illus.

Dill, Gailann.  Artist-in-Residence: Katie Kahn, Internal Dramas Played Out on Canvas,  Vision magazine, Roswell Daily Record, May, 2000, 18-19, 4 Color illus.

Williams, Kevin.  Faces are Startling Revelations, Chicago Sun Times, Weekend [nc], February 5, 1999, 51, 2 B&W illus.

Gulf Coast, a bi-annual, national Journal of Literature and Art, 62, (Spring/Summer 1997): 65-68, Art Editor: Randy Twaddle, 4 Color illus.

Pacheco, Richard.  Following a family Thread, New Bedford Standard Times, 1997, Section B, May 8, 1,3. Color illus.

Chadwick, Susan.  Creative Partners: Artists in Pairs, The Houston Post, September 18, 1991

Heinsen, Lindsay. Where Two Realities Meet, Southern Accents, May, 1992, 92-95,

5 Color illus.

Leveton, Deborah. [review], New Art Examiner, April, 1989, 56, 2 B&W illus. 

Hoffman, Donald. [review], Kansas City Star, February, 1989 

Leedy, Jim. [radio interview], KKFI Kansas City, February, 1989 

Review. Omaha World Tribune, October, 1988

Review, Oakland Tribune, January, 1986 

Pieszak, Donna. [review], New Art Examiner, October, 1980 

Hayden, Harold. [review], WFMT Radio, Chicago, IL, October, 1980 

Gallery Affiliation 

2007-2010 Joan Wich & Co. Houston, TX (closed January, 2010) 

1997-2006 Gallery 1756, Chicago, IL 

2003-06     Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY  

1989-1990 Esther Saks Gallery, Chicago, IL (closed)



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