Kate Connell . statement/bio . cv
As a community artist I’m interested in creating images and projects about personal stories that haven’t been heard yet. This process helps me understand my own experience. I like designing large, community based projects as much as curating exhibitions and carving in soft woods or hard clay. Recently, in an attempt to find ways to merge Oscar’s and my work, I’ve discovered how to translate my three-dimensional work into 2D work, and I’m excited about other ways to use this process. Collaborating with other artists is a primary interest: with musicians on large installations, with other socially engaged artists on publications, with designers on websites and with whole graphics classes on exhibition related materials.
Kate Connell, artist and librarian, co-produces multimedia installations. Her work has included mechanized sculpture carved from balsa, redwood and pine as well as drawings, paintings and ceramics. In addition to collaborating with Oscar Melara on community based work, she has produced installations with musicians John Santos of the Machete Ensemble and Bruce Ackley of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet.
Connell’s work has been included in exhibitions at Intersection for the Arts, the Alternative Museum (NY), and LACE (LA) among others. She has received grants from the California Arts Council and from the NEA/Rockefeller Foundation awarded by New Langton Arts. As artist-in-residence at the Galería de la Raza, she conducted the arts education program from 1989 to 1992. She has curated community art exhibitions and exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Library and San Francisco Public Library.
Connell is a reference librarian and Library Exhibition Curator at City College of San Francisco. She recently mounted an exhibition on the Oceanic diaspora, co-curated with Fuifuilupe Niemeitolu: “Tapa, the Cloth that Binds Us” included the migration narratives of Tongan, Samoan, Fijian and Cook Islander students at City College. “Want Fabulous Stories? Read Women’s Obituaries,” “Cayuga Park, Paradise of the Outsidelands,” and “Write, Read: Iranian-American Calligraphic Art” have been some the library exhibitions she’s curated. Her Library Exhibition Blog is at www.ccsfexhib.wordpress.com.