Sunday, September 28, 2008

Resume: Katie Walker

Greenville, SC

EDUCATION MFA - WITH DISTINCTION, Painting and Drawing, University of Georgia, 1998
BA, Studio Art, Furman University, 1992
Cortona Study Abroad, Studio Art and Art History, University of Georgia, 1991, 1997

2003 Drawing Instructor, Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
2003 Painting Instructor, Tanglewood School, Arts Integration Grant Project
1998-2003 Adjunct Professor of Painting/Drawing/Art History/Art Education, Furman University

1999-2000 Adjunct Instructor of Drawing, Design/Color, Art History, Greenville Technical College

1996-1998 Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Painting and Drawing, University of Georgia

1997 Painting instructor, Cortona, Italy (University of Georgia)

1992 South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, Furman University, Greenville, SC
Position: Assistant to Betsy Delacruz, head of the Visual Arts

Sandler Hudson Gallery, 1831 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA
Hodges/Taylor Gallery, 401 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC

2006 Enamel – Small works, The Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
New Year Exhibition, Conn Gallery, Landrum, SC
2005 Florence Biennale 2005, Fortezza de Basso, Florence, Italy
“Plane and Simple”, Sandler/Hudson Gallery, solo exhibition, Atlanta, GA
CAA National Women’s Caucus, Sandler/Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2004 “So Big”, The Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC

2003 Wall Tales, Carillon Building Gallery, solo exhibition, Charlotte, NC
“Grand Opening Show”, The Artbomb, Greenville, SC

2002 “From the Studio”, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
“Revolving Wall”, Artstuff Gallery, Greenville, SC
“Small Works” juried exhibit, The Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC
“New American Paintings”, OSP Gallery, Boston, MA
Upstate Visual Artists Exhibit, Spartanburg County Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC
“Feminine Charms”, Artstuff Gallery, Greenville, SC
Anderson Arts Council Southeastern Exhibition, Anderson, SC
Recent Works on Paper, Artstuff Gallery, Greenville, SC

2001 Pickens County Museum of Art, Pickens, SC
“Repetition”, Sandler/Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Belton Standpipe Juried Exhibition, Belton, SC
SC Governor’s School for the Arts , juried/award, Greenville, SC
Anderson Arts Council Southeastern Exhibition, juried/award, Anderson, SC
Brookgreen Gardens, Pawleys Island, SC
Paintings on Paper, Coffee Underground Gallery, Greenville, SC

2000 “Immediate and Intimate”, The Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC
“Art in the Park”/juried exhibition, Governor’s School for the Arts, Greenville, SC
“Recent Work”, One Main Place, Greenville, SC
“An Artist’s Space”, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Faculty Show 2000, Gallery 1, Greenville Technical College, SC

1999 Upstate Visual Arts Invitational , Wachovia Gallery, Greenville, SC

1998 Paintings and Ceramic Sculpture, Thompson Gallery, Furman University
“Abstractions” , Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“Master of Fine Arts Exhibition”, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA
“MFA Open House Exhibit”, Cedar Street Studios, Athens, GA
“Works from Italy”, Main Gallery, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, GA
“Paintings on Paper”, 56 Bydapeshckaya 69, St. Petersburg, Russia

1997 “Shine”, juried exhibition, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
“Mostra”, Palazzo Vagnotti, Cortona, Italy
“ Works on Paper “, Augusta Place, Greenville, SC

1996 “ Lyndon House Annual Juried Exhibition “, Lyndon House Art Center, Athens, GA
“ Exhibit “, Dogwood Cafe, Athens, GA
“ MFA Annual Open House Exhibit “, Cedar Street Studios, Athens, GA
“ Recent Works “, Augusta Place, Greenville, SC

1995 “ Columbia Museum of Art Exhibit and Auction “, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
“ Anderson Arts Council Southeastern Exhibition “, juried/award, Anderson, SC
“ Paintings and Drawings “, Dreamcatcher, Athens, GA
“ MFA Annual Open House Exhibit “, Cedar Street Studios, Athens, GA

1994 “ Recent Works “, Carolina Foothills Gallery, Falls Cottage, Greenville, SC
“ Southern Home Show 1994 “, International Exposition Center, Greenville, SC
“ Columbia Museum of Art Exhibit and Auction “, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
“ Artists on Exhibit “, Wittershins Bookstore and Cafe, Greenville, SC
“ American Heart Association Exhibit and Auction “, Hyatt Regency, Greenville, SC

1993 “ Art in the Park “, Upstate Visual Arts Exhibition, Cleveland Park, Greenville, SC

1992 “ Senior Graduation Exhibition “, Roe Gallery, Furman University, Greenville, SC
“ Annual Student Spring Exhibition “, Roe Gallery, Furman University, Greenville, SC
“ Cortona Study Abroad Exhibition “, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
“ South Carolina Collegiate Art Show “, juried/award, Anderson College, Anderson, SC

1991 “ Mostra “, Palazzo Vagnotti, Cortona, Italy
“ Spring Exhibition “, Roe Gallery, Furman University, Greenville, SC

2005 La Nouvelle Bague Design Award, Florence Biennale 2005, Florence, Italy
2002 Open Studios Press Competition Winner, New American Paintings, Vol. 40, Boston MA
2002 The Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC, juried exhibit, Purchase Award
2001 Second place, Southeastern juried exhibition, Belton Industries
1996-1998 Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Georgia
1997 Guiseppe Favilli Scholarship Award for the Arts, awarded by City of Cortona, Italy
1995 Anderson Arts Council Purchase Award
1991-1992 Irene Keith Studio Art Scholarship, Furman University
1992 Senior Art Award, Furman University

Commissions/Corporate Collections
Hyatt Regency, Indianapolis, Indiana
Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana
Capitol Suite Hyatt Regency, Washington, DC
Alston and Bird Law Corp., Atlanta, Ga
South Carolina Genetics Research Center, Greenwood, SC
Halpern Enterprises, Charlotte, NC
Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, Winston Salem, NC
Mariott Houston, Houston, TX
Hyatt DC, Washington, DC
Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, Greenville, SC
Headquarters Plaza Hotel, NJ

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Biography: Katie Walker

Katie Walker (b. 1970)

Greenville, S.C., artist Katie Walker has exhibited in the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Spartanburg (S.C.) Museum of Art, the Pickens County (S.C.) Museum of Art and History, the Columbia (S.C.) Museum of Art and the Georgia Museum of Art. Her work was included in the 2005 Florence, Italy, Biennale, where she was an award winner. Walker regularly shows in galleries across the Southeast. She has taught at Furman University in Greenville, where she earned her BA in studio art. She holds an MFA from the University of Georgia and studied and taught in the university’s Cortona Study Abroad program in Italy. Her work appeared in New American Paintings, Vol. 40, 2002.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Essay: Katie Walker

by Wim Roefs

Katie Walker occupies a space somewhere between Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting. She’s not alone. Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis and others have combined some of the aesthetics of Abstract Expressionism with the techniques of Color Field painting, especially staining unprimed canvas. 

Walker’s work also has elements of Minimalism and geometric art, without the hard edges and clinical feel. In the past, she has attached pieces of painted canvas on a larger canvas, “stitching” one piece to another by applying paint to the edges of the smaller piece on top. At that stage, Conrad Marca-Relli came to mind.

None of this is to suggest that Walker’s work is derivative. The references merely place her work in the tradition of post-World War II abstraction. In Walker’s hands, elements of that tradition take a distinctly personal and original form.

“It’s hard to pinpoint influences,” Walker says, “and I hate doing it because you get categorized so easily. But Marca-Relli is a major influence, and maybe Frankenthaler. I admire her work though, I think that my work looks very different. But I like to work with watered-down paint, like her, and I pour paint. I like Motherwell, too, but I don’t study him. In my small pieces I like to play with scale, like he did. The small pieces seem monumental because the shape in them is so large.”

“I like to use off colors, not directly out of the tube. I am intuitive about it but try to have one color activate the next color. I am very calculated, figure stuff out in advance. It’s calculated activity.”

Walker works with brayers, spackling scrapers and her hands. And she pours and squirts from plastic bottles, sometimes with two or more holes to create multiple streams, parallel lines. She mostly uses unprimed canvas, applying thin layers of acrylic paint, though her small pieces are often on wood, painted with oils.

Walker used to take cues from the natural world and landscapes, including rock formations. “My drawing has become so automatic that it does not relate to landscapes and such anymore. Some of the shapes are still there, but I no longer think of them as landscapes. When someone asks why there are circles attached to each other, I know where it comes from, but the work is completely non-objective now.”

For practical reasons, Walker also works on small surfaces, but she prefers large canvases. “I am not sure why,” she says. “I have a lot of energy, and with big paintings I can put my whole body into it. I think of drawing and painting as an aggressive activity. So in part it’s the process, the aggressive nature of painting big. Get up on the floor with your butt up in the air or stand and move into it like a boxer. I have no place to store those big paintings, but I can’t stop doing them.”