Kate Kretz

Artist Statement

One of the functions of art is to strip us bare, reminding us of the fragility common to every human being across continents and centuries. Often, I will meet someone, and the visible weight of his or her life becomes almost unbearable to me, it rips me open. The objects that I make are an attempt to articulate this feeling.

Astray is one of several works in the series, Guardian Angels That Don’t Come Through. Many of us grew up with images of Guardian Angels, as well as a sense of a universal, collective agreement that protecting children from harm is the top priority among people of all nations. This piece represents the erosion of that agreement, as people choose other priorities over the safety and welfare of our children.

Kate Kretz is one of the exhibiting artists for ENOUGH VIOLENCE: Artists Speak Out.


Born: Grove City, PA 1963

Lives: Silver Spring, MD


Education: M.F.A., University of Georgia, Athens, GA

B.F.A. Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, Certif/Sorbonne


Selected Exhibitions


Milestones: Textiles of Transition, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA



From Lausanne to Beijing the 7th International Fiber Art Biennale, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

This and That: Unconventional Selections from the Permanent Collection, Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL

This Sharp World…, solo exhibition, Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Miami, FL



Beyond Re/Production: MOTHERING, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/ Bethanien, Berlin, Germany



Separation Anxiety, Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CA



Dress Code, solo exhibition, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO

Dress Codes: Clothing as Metaphor in Contemporary Art, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

Forget Me Not: About Mourning & Remembering, Van Gijn Museum, Dordrecht, Netherlands



Pricked: Extreme Embroidery, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY



Grace & Shame, solo exhibition, Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL


Selected Grants and Awards

2013 Finalist, The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Award, The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Bethesda, MD

2008 Grant, North Carolina Arts Council, Raleigh, NC

1998 Fellowship, South Florida Cultural Consortium, Miami, FL

Selected Collections

Belger Family Foundation, Kansas City, MO

Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL


Website: www.katekretz.com