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Kate Kretz

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Blessed_art_thou
Blessed Art Thou, 2006 Acrylic/oil on Linen 88 X 60" © Kate Kretz
Oubliette_ii_
Oubliette II, 2008 Human Hair Embroidery on Found Linen Doily, Hand-dyed Velvet, Convex Glass, Frame, 9 X 9", 13 X 13" Framed © Kate Kretz
Heartcenter_
Heart Center, 2008 Hand Dyed Velvet, Standard & 3D Embroidery, Batting, Taffeta, Convex Glass, Frame 21" Round © Kate Kretz
Defense_mechanism_coatlo
Defense Mechanism Coat, 2001 Velvet, Wool, 150 Lbs of Nails, Embroidered Major Veins & Arteries 45 X 28 X 12” © Kate Kretz
20110117094336-your_fragility_detail
"Your Fragility....", 2010 Mother's Hair From Gestation Period Embroidered on Child's Garment, Velvet 15 X 16" © Kate Kretz
20120414153246-thefinalwordkretzlo
The Final Word, 2012 Embroidery (french Knots) on Black Velvet 20 X 16" © Kate Kretz
20120414153428-delugedetalmostdone
Deluge (detail), 2012 Silverpoint on Found Object 13 X 3 X 3.5" © Kate Kretz
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Your Fragility..., 2010 Mother's Hair From Gestation Period Embroidered on Child's Garment, Velvet, 14 X 15" © Kate Kretz
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"Heart Center" (detail), 2009 Hand Dyed Velvet, Standard & 3D Embroidery, Batting, Taffeta, Convex Glass, Frame 21" Round © Kate Kretz
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The Final Word (detail), 2012 Embroidery (french Knots) on Black Velvet 20 X 16" © Kate Kretz
20120506032653-deluge2viewslo
Deluge , 2012 Silverpoint on Found Silver Ladle 13 X 3 X 3.5" © Kate Kretz
20120506033312-decadeslokretz
Decades of Dreaming of You..., 2012 Hair Embroidery on Mother's Hair From Gestation Period, Threads From Unraveled Pillowcase 3 X 5 X 5" © Kate Kretz
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Quick Facts
Schools
Sorbonne, 1982, Certificat de la Civilisation Francaise
Binghamton University, 1987, BFA
University of Georgia, 1994, MFA
Tags
fiber, textile, feminist, psychological, hair embroidery, pop culture mixed-media, realism, figurative
Statement

Kate Kretz was born in Grove City, PA, and was raised in upstate New York and France. She earned a Certificat de la Civilization Francaise from the Sorbonne in Paris, received her BFA in drawing and painting from Binghamton University, and her MFA in Painting from the University of Georgia.

Her work has appeared in over 30 International and 65 domestic newspapers including The International Herald Tribune, The New York TImes, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Miami-Herald, and the Huffington Post, and has been featured in ArtPapers, Surface Design, Vanity Fair Italy, ELLE Japon, FiberArts, American Craft, Australian Cosmopolitan, Foam, and Boca magazines. Her controversial painting “Blessed Art Thou” received news coverage on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and Fox networks, followed by hundreds of international news sources. The work continues to be published in textbooks and journals around the world.

Her one-person exhibitions include The Frost Museum in Miami, Belger Art Center in Kansas City, Catholic University in Washington, D.C., The Fort Lauderdale Museum, Fort Collins MOCA (3 person show), Chelsea Galleria, and The Fiber Arts Foundation in Amherst, MA.

Group exhibitions include the Museum of Art & Design in NY, Van Gijn Museum in The Netherlands, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien in Berlin, Wignall Museum, Katonah Museum, Lyons Wier Ortt Gallery and 31Grand Gallery in NY, Huntsville Museum of Art, Georgia Museum of Art, Penn State University, Exit Art, Morris Museum of Art, Binghamton University Art Museum, Georgia State University, Telfair Museum, Georgia State University, and the Museo Medici in Tuscany. In 2005, she left a position as BFA Director and Associate Professor at Florida International University in Miami to paint full-time in her studio. She currently lives in the Washington, DC, area.