Photo: David R. Phillips
The path to this period in Kate Hendrickson's career began with her fine arts education and background as a printmaker. She studied with well-known printmaker, Will Peterson of Plucked Chicken Press during her undergraduate years at West Virginia University and completed a MFA in Printmaking and Drawing under the tutelage of the multidiscipline artist, Mel Strawn at the University of Denver. A special, summer study program in Printmaking at the Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall, England combined with classic student travel in Europe continued to reinforce a passion for works of art on paper. After moving to Chicago, she taught at the Art Institute of Chicago and Barat College in Lake Forest, IL, as well as exhibited her own artwork.
In 1980, after working in Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago galleries, she established herself as an internationally-known, private dealer. During her frequent European travels, Kate developed a special interest in original French and Italian works of art on paper and has amassed an extensive collection of over 1,000 unique pieces from unusual sources. These works date from approximately 1800 to 1970 and include drawings, watercolors, gouaches, oils on paper, as well as fine and decorative prints. Today, the gallery not only offers the older artworks mentioned above, but also, works on paper by contemporary artists whose deep awareness of art history enriches their own pieces that in turn complement the 19th and 20th century works in the collection.
Kate has been featured in The Chicago Tribune and other Chicago vicinity publications, as well as lectured and curated special exhibitions. Clients include private collectors, galleries, corporations, architects and interior designers.