Here is a short synopsis of Kate Hendrickson’s journey. Should curiosity be such that you would like to know more, you will find details below.
- Studied and traveled abroad
- Received MFA in drawing and printmaking
- Taught at SAIC and Barat College
- Worked at a couple galleries
- Became an international art dealer
- Traveled a lot to France and Italy to buy neat old works on paper
- Transitioned to working with local artistic talent
- Rediscovered her own talent
- Now exhibiting her own artwork as well as collaborating with other artists
Kate Hendrickson’s story begins with an autobiography at the age of 11 in which she drew a self-portrait depicting herself sporting a beret and artist’s smock. Yes, it seems very cliché however she still has the book and the illustration that her mother saved. Clearly though young, she knew what her life direction would be and a fine arts education followed. Kate studied with printmaker and co-founder of Plucked Chicken Press, Will Peterson at West Virginia University and completed a MFA in Printmaking and Drawing under the tutelage of multi-discipline artist, Mel Strawn at the University of Denver. Grad school’s summer study program in printmaking at the Falmouth School of Art (now University College Falmouth) in Cornwall, England, combined with classic student backpacking in Europe reinforced her passion for works on paper. Settling afterwards in Chicago, she taught at the Art Institute of Chicago and Barat College in Lake Forest, IL as well as exhibited her own artwork.
As opportunities arose and redirected her path, Kate relocated and worked in Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago galleries. Eventually established as a private, international dealer based in Chicago, her love affair with primarily European works on paper continued. Then through adding the work of locals artists with whom there was much dialogue, a shift was set in motion. With an absence as a practicing artist for too many years to count where creative energies were always focused elsewhere in the art of doing business, the need to actually create art became so intense that she could not longer deny it. A good friend, Ted Stanuga who is a well known Chicago painter encouraged Kate with the assurance of, “You have not wasted all those years. You have had years of sensory input and it has to output somewhere.” As a dealer in fine art, an intimate connection to the action of making art had remained although obviously from another view point. Frequent travels in Europe had helped build a visual library thus expanding the visual vocabulary. Finally, she decided to devote herself full-time to the making of art.
March 4-28, 2020 – My work was juried into the Consciousness of Abstraction Exhibition at ARC Gallery in Chicago. THE OPENING is Saturday, March 6 from 6pm to 9 pm at ARC Gallery, 1463 West Chicago Avenue.
October 24, 2019 – Two of my drawings were accepted for the exhibition and auction to benefit Art For Life Chicago – DIFFA at Venue West, Chicago.
October 4-6, 2019 – drawings exhibited at the 26th Minneapolis Prints and Drawings Fair at the Minneapolis Institute of Art – Mesh Art Gallery
September 12-15, 2019 – drawings exhibited at the 35th Annual Fine Print Fair at the Cleveland Museum of Art – Mesh Art Gallery
March 2019 – I was asked to participate in the curated website Illinois Artists List.
March 15 to May 3, 2019 – My work has been juried into the Bridgeport Art Center 7th Annual Art Competition in Chicago.
March 12, 2019 – Mesh Art Gallery published in their blog, “Serendipitous Detour: the drawings of Kate Hendrickson”.
March 2-3, 2019 – drawings exhibited at the McNay Print Fair, McNay Fine ArtMuseum, San Antonio – Mesh Art Gallery
February 9-10, 2019 – drawings exhibited at the Bay Area Fine Print Fair, Kala Institute, Berkeley – Mesh Art Gallery
February 1 – 2, 2019 – drawings exhibited at Rare Books LA, Pasadena – Mesh Art Gallery
January 25-27, 2019 – drawings exhibited at the Portland Fine Art Fair, Portland Museum – Mesh Art Gallery
December 2018 – I have the pleasure to announce that I have been asked to join Mesh Art Gallery which specializes in contemporary works of art on paper such as, drawings, photographs and fine prints. It is a great honor to be included with so many talented US and international artists.
October 18, 2018 – My work was accepted for the exhibition and auction to benefit Art For Life Chicago – DIFFA at Venue West.
September 2018 – I was honored with the appointment to the Visiting Committee of the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University.
September 28 to 30, 2018 – I was juried into THE OTHER ART FAIR – CHICAGO presented by Saatchi Art. Pamela Staker and I debuted our collaborative series, “The Five Elements”. As well, I exhibited my individual artworks.
May 5, 2018 – Mini-lecture series Guest Speaker and Moderator, “Why, What and How I Collect?” during Center for Architecture Sarasota Modern Show benefit weekend.
March 23, 2018 – Grace Howl, Amy Ernst and I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Niki Kottman for the article entitled, “The Gift of Art” in the Sarasota Observer’s Arts + Entertainment section. We recounted our collaboration that extended beyond just the three of us creating artwork together. We partnered with Pines of Sarasota to help raise funds for them.
March 23 to April 6, 2018 – I was part of the exhibition “Reflections of Collaboration : Chicago, Sarasota, New York” with artists, Grace Howl and Amy Ernst at Grace Howl Contemporary Art in Sarasota. Along with showing our own work, we have merged our disciplines to create three unique pieces of art that will be offered through a silent auction with all proceeds benefitting Pines of Sarasota Foundation.
February 19 to 22, 2018 – Visiting Artist at the School of Art and Design of West Virginia University, Morgantown where I presented “The Business of Being an Artist” to engage the students in a conversation about entrepreneurship.
On September 16, 2017 my interview with Chicago Voyage was published. The on line publication is chock full of information on Chicago places and people. As they say ,”…our mission is build a platform that fosters collaboration and support for small businesses, independent artists and entrepreneurs, local institutions and those that make our city interesting.”
May 13, 2017 – Mini-lecture series Guest Speaker ,“The History of the XXème Siècle Arts Publication” during Center for Architecture Sarasota Modern Show benefit weekend.