Kathleen Zimmerman
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Education

Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado - took landscape architecture and art classes.

University of Hartford, Hartford Art School in West Hartford, Connecticut - awarded full ride on artistic merit scholarships and university grants /awarded BFA degree concentrating on sculpture and printmaking.

Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, Massachusetts - attended workshop learning photopolymer intaglio printmaking process with Liz Chalfin.

Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut - worked in residence with master printer Anthony Kirk.

Experience

Art Castings of Colorado in Loveland, Colorado - worked and learned all aspects of the “lost wax method of casting”.

Rossi Metal Sculpture in Windsor Locks, Connecticut - worked and learned metal fabrication and studio supervision.

Irving Robbins Middle School in Farmington, Connecticut - taught Art to children in grade levels 6, 7 and 8.

Lands End Sculpture Center in Paonia, Colorado - molded monumental sculpture of other professional artists

Zimmerman Fine Art Studio in Willington, Connecticut - founded and currently running fine art studio which creates and produces a body of work in sculpture, drawing and prints.

Shows (limited selection from most recent)

Connecticut Women Artists, Juried Shows awarded artist membership, New Haven, Connecticut

New Britain Museum of American Art’s, Juried Show receiving Award for Sculpture in New Britain, Connecticut

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts’, Annual Juried Shows awarded artist membership, in Norwich and Mystic, Connecticut

University of Hartford, Alumni Show as one of four featured artists, West Hartford, Connecticut

University of Connecticut’s, Invitational International Sculpture Show, Farmington, Connecticut

Lyme Academy of Fine Art’s, Connecticut Sculpture Society’s Juried Members Shows, Old Lyme, Connecticut

High Plains Art Council’s International Juried Sculpture in the Park Shows awarded first public commission, which is on permanent display in the renowned Benson Park Sculpture Garden, Loveland, Colorado

Artist Statement:

I believe that Art is a way to communicate what is in one’s heart and soul, and in so doing, come to a greater understanding of one’s self and the world we live in. The act of creating a work of art begins with an inner need to express thoughts and emotions, which takes the form of a vision. If acted upon, this vision can be transformed from a mental image into a visual form with intense concentration or meditation and technical ability. For this visual form to be a work of art it must be a complete statement having meaning both aesthetically and emotionally in order to become an independent entity.

My work does not come from a desire to duplicate what I see but a desire to communicate the sense of joy and wonder that I get from experiencing life. Art is my way of sharing with others my thoughts about both day-to-day life and the more profound issues surrounding family relationships, stages of life and philosophical ideas. I often use symbolism and/or surrealism to transform recognizable forms into archetypal images giving my work a mythical quality filled with layers of meaning, which both reiterate and challenge age-old ideas.

I find beauty and meaning in the sensitivity that can be seen both in simple lines and forms. I use these to set up the basis for my drawings and sculpture, which are very design conscious. Just like a strong foundation is essential in building any home, a strong design is essential for a work of art. Once I am satisfied that the basic layout is both aesthetically and emotionally meaningful, I can then concentrate on the other aspects that I want my work to contain. For some pieces simple lines are enough to carry my intention while others require layering of images and mysterious abstract passages to communicate their more complicated meaning. My favorite mediums remain simple; paper, graphite, ink, bronze, stone and wood because I don’t want the work to become about the material but prefer the images and forms to be the driving force. I tend to work back and forth between two and three dimensions to keep my work fresh by continually changing my perspective. I find the creation of artwork a mysterious and fascinating process, which is best when shared.