Kate Renee lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kate graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in fine arts, art history, and a minor in design, and has worked with various galleries in the Twin Cities. She was an intern at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery and also worked as a gallery attendant at the Larson Art Gallery during her undergraduate studies. She volunteered at the American Swedish Institute as a museum receptionist, and worked at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Kate finished up her Assistant Gallery Director internship at Altered Esthetics, a non-profit art gallery in Northeast Minneapolis, where she had the chance to curate an exhibition and write grants for the organization. As of January of 2011, she became the first Director of Solo Exhibitions. Kate developed a program designed to offer emerging artists career development guidance and a solo exhibition.
Kate is building a strong professiona reputation with exhibitions of her work. She received honorable mention at the 2010 Arrowhead Biennial at the Duluth Art Institute and was Featured Artist for the Altered Esthetics’ Level_13: Cheat Codes exhibition. In January 2013, Kate was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and created Beauties Behaving Badly . She exhibited this series and printed an accompanying catalog at Gamut Gallery in 2014.
During 2013-2014, Kate was a protégé in the Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM) Mentor Program. She worked alongside artist, mentor and life coach, Jill Waterhouse, for two years to build upon her professional arts career.
I capture complexities of human nature through simplified lowbrow characters and invite my viewers into the piece through childlike sophistication. Sarcastic titles and controversial content makes bold statements that illuminate the narratives and personalities to my flat, texture-less characters. My work is edgy with a cute veneer; the paintings teeter towards uncomfortable content with a pop surrealist visage. With a distinctive bright color palette stylistic lines, and the big eyes and blank stares of my characters, I investigate feminist, social and political issues. I create relationships, dialogue, and playful complements and contrasts, and add touches of humor in my art.