Kate Conlon is a Chicago based artist who’s multi-media work uses the language of scientific investigation to explore issues of reality, perception, and speculation. Conlon’s work explores the various ways we make sense of the world from the instinctive and bodily to the theoretical and mythological. Her practice involves substantial research, but her making picks up where science leaves off. It exists in the space of the unknown and celebrates paradox, incongruence, and our ability to look at the seriousness of life with doubt. 

Conlon is a Co-Founder of Fernwey Gallery and Director of Fernwey Editions, a Chicago based press that collaborates with emerging and mid-career artists on limited edition prints. Conlon received her BA from Smith College and Goldsmiths in 2011 and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2014. She currently teaches in the printmaking departments at SAIC and Columbia College Chicago.

           

conlon.kate.11@gmail.com             
203.731.7940             


EDUCATION


School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Master of Fine Arts Degree in Printmedia, May 2014

Smith College, Northampton, MA

Bachelor of Arts Degree with Highest Honors in Studio Art, May 2011

Major: Studio Art. Minor: Women’s History. GPA: 3.83

Goldsmiths, University of London, London, England

Visiting Student, Art Practice, September 2009 – June 2010


TEACHING EXPERIENCE


2015-17     Lecturer, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

                       Courses taught: Beginning Screenprinting, Relief Printmaking

                  Adjunct Instructor, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL.

                       Course taught: Printmaking I

2015         8th International Triennale Grafiki Kolor, Wozownia Art Gallery, Torun, Poland.

2014          Instructor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

                       Course taught: Introduction to Printmaking  

                  Instructor, Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, MA.

                        Course taught: Century Plate Lithography

                  Assistant Instructor: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME.

                        Course taught: Sustainable Century Plate Lithography

2013           Graduate Teaching Assistant, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

                        Courses taught: Advanced Printmaking, Beginning Lithography, and Beginning Etching

2012           Graduate Teaching Assistant, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

                        Courses taught: Multi-Level Relief Printmaking, Beginning Lithography

2011           Assistant Instructor, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.

                        Course taught: Stone Lithography Becomes Digital Lithography


PRINTMAKING RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


2014-15      Director of Content and Editions, Fernwey Gallery, Chicago, IL.2009–15  

                   Co-Founder and Studio Manager, Dry Storage Collective, Chicago, IL.

                   Sustainable Printmaking Research Assistant, Professor Dwight Pogue, Northampton, MA.

                   Contributor and primary research assistant for Printmaking Revolution: New Advancements in Technology, Safety, and Sustainability by                      Dwight Pogue. (New York: Watson-Guptill, 2012)


                   Assisted in testing and developing the Century Plate, Velvetint Etching, and the D&S line of non-hazardous printmaking chemistry.

 

2014          Graduate Advisory Panel Member, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

                   MFA Candidate Selection: Student Panelist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

 

2007-14       Studio Assistant, Marc Mellon and Babette Bloch Sculpture Studios, Redding, CT.

 

2008-11        Student Technical Assistant, Smith College, Northampton, MA.

                    Department of Art: Faculty-Student Liaison, Smith College, Northampton, MA.


SELECTED LECTURES AND DEMONSTRATIONS


2016          Sustainable, Affordable, and Relevant Printmaking, Southern Graphics International Conference. Portland, OR.

                  Prototyping with Kate Conlon, University of Chicago. Chicago, IL.  

2015           Century Plate Lithography, Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile. 

                    Litho-Sphere 2015: A Collaboration, Southern Graphics International Conference. Knoxville, TN.

2013            Bio-based Lithography on the Century Plate, Southern Graphics International Conference: Technical        

                             Demonstrations. Milwaukee, WI

                   Bio-based Lithography on the Century Plate, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL.

                   Velvetint Etching on Copper, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

                   Century Plate Lithography, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

                   Search and Research, Department of Printmedia Noontime Lecture Series, School of the Art

                              Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

2012            Revolutionary Advancements in Printmaking, Southern Graphics International Conference:

                            Technical Demonstrations. New Orleans, LA.

2011             Visiting Artist Lecture, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.

                    Indeterminate Systems, Department of Art Thesis Presentation, Smith College, Northampton,

                              MA.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS


2018          9th International Printmaking Biennial, Museu do Douro, Douro, Portugal. (forthcoming)

                  Sister-City Print, West Gallery Thebarton, Adelaide, Australia. (forthcoming)

2017          Two person exhibition (TBD), Mana Contemporary, Chicago IL (forthcoming)

                  3rd GLOBAL PRINT 2017, Citywide, Douro, Portugal. (forthcoming)

                  Sister City Print, Art Vault, Mildura, Australia. (forthcoming)

                  The Dangerous Professors, Triumph Gallery, Chicago IL

                  Washington Project for the Arts Benefit Exhibition, curated by Jefferson Pinder, Washington, DC.

2016           Past, Present, Future, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI 

                    World Lines, (Solo Exhibition) Free Range, Chicago, IL

                    The Architects Assistants, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Chicago, IL (forthcoming)

                    Fragile States, ACRE Projects, Chicago, IL 

2014            Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

                     Double Vision, Dry Storage Collective, Chicago, IL

2013             DEVOID, LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

                     Society of American Graphic Artists 80th Member’s Exhibition, Delind Gallery. Milwaukee, WI

                     Transiton, SAIC@AU, Aurora University: Schingoethe Art Gallery. Aurora, IL.

                     Art Department Faculty and Alumni Exhibition, Brown Fine Arts Center: Janotta Gallery.

                               Northampton, MA.

 

2012              Beyond Print, Sullivan Open Studios, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

 

2011               Indeterminate Systems, Solo Exhibition, Brown Fine Arts Center: Janotta Gallery.          

                                Northampton, MA.

                      I Am So Excited. Thornes Marketplace: Dynamite Space. Northampton, MA.

                      Boston Printmakers: Arches Student Exhibition. Boston University. Boston, MA.

                      Five College Advanced Drawing Seminar Exhibition. Amherst College. Amherst, MA.

                      Plantanamis: Visual Studies Seminar Exhibition. Brown Fine Arts Center: Janotta Gallery.

                                Northampton, MA.