Artist Statement & Resume

Statement

"My love affair with form is evident in all of my work. The way I see and work with the underlying abstract shapes of my subject matter was appreciated throughout school causing one of my professors to tell me I drew like a sculptor. This appreciation earned me artistic merit scholarships and academic grants from the University of Hartford Art School in West Hartford, Connecticut, where I received my fine arts degree concentrating in sculpture and printmaking. Since graduation, I have worked both professionally and privately in the fields of art casting, carpentry, metal fabrication, plaster carving, printmaking and art teaching while continuing to earn awards, memberships on merit and gallery representation."

 

"My art is the way I explore ideas concerning both day-to-day life as well as more profound ideas surrounding relationships, stages of life and culture. It is a meditative practice of sorts that helps me stop and think about issued that are of interest to me. The act of drawing forces me to slow down and think through an idea. As I draw I find layers of meaning, both intentional and unintentional, become apparent filling me with delight and wonder. I create my work in series’, such as “Cosmic Cow, Dance, East West and Space”, so I can fully investigate each subject. The size of the series is determined by what I need to think through and what holds my interest. Over the years I have developed a personal visual language that uses symbolism and surrealism to transform my subject matter into archetypal images giving my drawings a mythical quality. While I always use quality materials, the ideas are the driving force behind these profound visual statements not the materials. 

 

The historically important artists I most admire are; Kathe Kollwitz, a German Expressionistic printmaker, Remedios Varo, a Mexican Surrealistic painter, Georgia O'Keeffe, an American Modern painter, Paul Gauguin, a French Post Impressionist painter and Brancusi, a Romanian Minimalist sculptor. These very different artists all inspired me to create my own visual language, which is accessible to others while remaining intimately personal."

                                                                                                                                                                                    Kathleen Zimmerman


Resume

Education

BFA

University of Hartford Art School majoring in sculpture & printmaking  

   *attended on artistic merit scholarships and academic grants 

Experience

Zimmerman Fine Art Studio

     artist and owner

Lands End Sculpture Center

     monumental mold maker 

Irving Robbins Middle School

     art teacher for 7th and 8th grade public school children

Rossi Metal Sculpture

     metal shop supervisor, metal worker and plasma cutter

University of Hartford Art School

     woodshop supervisor and art student

Art Castings of Colorado

     foundry worker learning all aspects of bronze casting

Selected Exhibitions

Invitational

University of Connecticut

      Late Summer Exhibition, Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, Solo

      National Invitational Sculpture Show, Group

University of Hartford

       Alumni Exhibitions, Group

       Graduation Exhibition, Two-person

Farmington Valley Arts Center

       Symbolic & Surreal, Solo

Juried

Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center

     Artists Live, Solo

     *Sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, Connecticut Office of the Arts and WindhamArts

Kehler Liddell Gallery

     Couples Exhibition, Solo

     New Members Exhibition, Group

     *Membership on merit

Guilford Art Center

     GAL 66th Annual Exhibition, Group

     *Award for ‘Works on Paper’

      Frank Bruckmann, Juror

Mystic Museum of Art

      Home Exhibition, Group

      Members & Elected Artists Exhibitions, Group

      The 59th Regional, Group

      Black & White Exhibition, Group

      *Award for ‘Works on Paper’

      Karen Barthelson, Director

National Association of Women Artists (NYC)

      Open Small Works Exhibition, Group

      Ev(e)ulotion Exhibition, Group

      Clothing Optional Exhibition, Group

      New Members Exhibition, Group

      *Membership on merit for ‘Works on Paper’

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts’

      Annual Exhibitions, Group

      *Membership on merit for ‘Works on Paper and Sculpture’

University of Connecticut's Jorgenson Gallery

      Connecticut Women Artists Annual Juried Exhibition, Group

      *Award for ‘Works on Paper’

Slater Museum of Art

      Connecticut Women Artists Annual Juried Exhibitions, Group

      *Membership on merit for ‘Works on Paper and Sculpture’  

New Britain Museum of American Art

       Nor'easter Exhibition, Group

      *’Award for Sculpture’

       Douglas Hyland, Director

 Benson Park Sculpture Garden

     Sculpture in the Park Exhibitions, Group

    *Public commission for life-sized sculpture 

Memberships

    National Association of Women Artists, Inc. , Juried

    Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Juried

    Connecticut Women Artists, Juried

    University of Hartford Art School Alumni, earned

Grants                                                                                                                    

    State of Connecticut 2017 Regional Arts Grant

    University of Hartford Art School 1995 Artistic Merit Scholarship

    University of Hartford Art School 1995 Academic Scholarship

    University of Hartford Art School 1994 Artistic Merit Scholarship

    University of Hartford Art School 1994 Academic Sclolarship

Collections

    Modern Multiples Print Studio in Los Angeles, California

    Benson Park Sculpture Garden in Loveland, Colorado

 References

 “It gives me great pleasure to recommend Kathleen Zimmerman to you.  I worked both formally and informally with Kathleen throughout her years of study at the Hartford Art School.  Kathleen quite simply is a wonderful artist and person.  She started classes at Hartford Art School with a lot of talent and through much hard work and dedication rapidly became one of the school’s pace setters as well as one of the school’s prized students.  Kathleen always works at her peak performance and so became an inspiration to all of those around her.  She is extremely bright and assimilates her experiences directly into her work.  Kathleen is a solid draughts person who is constantly working to improve her drawing skills.  Her work, though sometimes representational, works on the abstract level as well.  She has a knack for developing the subtleties that are present in her subject and presenting them powerfully to her viewer.  I feel her work is sensitive and thoroughly engaging.  Kathleen Zimmerman is a delightful person.  Her personality is cheerful and upbeat and her dedication is relentless.  I enthusiastically recommend Kathleen to you.” 

Fred Wessel, artist, tenured professional and retired head of the printmaking department at University of Hartford Art School.    

"Kathleen's intricate, delicately layered graphite drawings each appear to come together to form the complex entity.  As with life, each lovely drawing is made up of so many ethereal textures, shades and shapes that you want to look at more deeply to experience the emotions visually laid out before you."

Julia Provone, artist, curator of Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art located on University of Connecticut’s Avery Campus in Groton, CT.

“Kathleen is one of the most productive and innovative artists who I have the pleasure of knowing. Her style is easy to recognize both of her drawings and her sculptures. Her collection of drawings, which were inspired by her stay in China, are both imaginative and masterful. The fluidity of her lines and the softness of her shading, compose a powerful and exquisite delicacy that captivate the viewer. The same holds true for her sculptures with surfaces that flow like landscapes or waterways. I would recommend Kathleen for her professionalism, her consistent and prolific work habits, her attention to form and content using symbolism, detail, composition and originality. I have admired her work since we met years ago - fellow sculptors and friends. Her manner of living and creating Art are abundant with sensitivity and thoughtful perceptions. She translates her life into volumes of expressive works, both visual and literary and her character is as amiable as her Art.

Barbara Scavotto-Early, artist, retired public and private art teacher. 


 Favorite Quotes

    "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

    Leonardo da Vinci

    "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he (or she) grows up."

    Pablo Picasso

    "To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage."

    Georgia O'Keeffe

    "Look at life with the eyes of a child."

    Kathe Kollwitz