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Katherine Taylor

Phone: 979 571 5045

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For the artist Katherine Taylor everything begins with a sense of play and imagination. She investigates forms and transforms bronze and stainless steel into small objects with myriad shapes and personalities.

'Two Steps Ahead' exemplifies how the rich history of chess propels her studio practice. The challenges associated with strategy are something she does not take for granted. Catalyzed most recently by the political unrest in Egypt, she partners the Modernist idea of chess as a means of self-improvement with the value of a family heirloom. Originally commissioned by a collector who wanted keepsakes for his Egyptian family members who were forced to flee their homes, Taylor sought to create sculpture that could be transported with ease. Each individual chess piece that we see today fits within a 2.25" square.

Taylor seeks to challenge the status quo and inject her sense of fun into her work. Sculpture on a pedestal or behind the sacred glass case? Not for her. These quirky, stylized sculptures are ready and waiting to engage you–To be toted in your pocket and explored by your hands.

Each piece is reflective of Egyptian history, her savored time in the Basque country of Spain, as well as musings from her godfather, 'Uncle Art,' a champion chess player who once bested I.A. Horowitz himself. Taylor invests each piece with its own personality and character. For example, the pawn/bastet figure was based on the artist’s adopted stray cat, Katiuskas. This animal was not good at sitting still, but had the right face and exaggerated ears to model as an ancient Egyptian cat. 

2005 University of Melbourne/ Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, MFA
1997 Dartmouth College/ Hanover, NH, BA, High Honors
1993 St. Paul’s School/ Concord, NH, Distinctions in Arts and Languages

selected exhibitions

2013 National Arts Club, New York, NY, Solo Exhibition
2012 Skoto Gallery, New York, NY, Two Person Show
2012 Hood Museum, Invitational Dartmouth Alumni Show, Hanover, NH, Group Show
2012 Ink and Clay 38, Pomona, CA, Juried Group Show
2010 New Harmony Gallery, New Harmony, IN, Two Person Show
2009 St Paul’s School, Concord, NH, Solo Exhibition
2008 Maurice Sternberg Galleries, Chicago, IL, Solo Exhibition
2007 Alfa Arte Prize, Eibar, SPAIN, Group Exhibition
2007 Mumford Fine Arts, London, UNITED KINGDOM, Group Exhibition
2006 Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX, Juried Group Show
2006 Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, Solo Exhibition
2005/6 Wimbledon Art Studios, London, UNITED KINGDOM, Group Show
2005 Cobalt Gallery, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, Group Show
2005 Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, Solo Thesis Exhibition
2005 The Red Gallery, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, Solo Exhibition
2005 Yering Station, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, Juried Group Show
2004 ANZ Visual Arts Fellowship Award, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, Juried Exhibition
2004 The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX, Solo Museum Exhibition
2003 George Patton Gallery, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, Juried Group Show
2003 Dante’s Upstairs Gallery, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, Group Show
2003 Melbourne University, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, Group Show
2002 Outdoor Sculpture Show, Plano, TX, Juried Group Show
2001 Del Rio Council for the Arts, Del Rio, TX, Juried Group Show
2001 University of Texas, San Antonio, TX, Juried Group Show
2000 Animals in Art, Baton Rouge, LA, Juried Group Show
2000 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, Group Show
2000 St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH, Alumni Show
1999 The Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CO, Staff Group Show
1999 Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA, Juried Group Show
1999 Santarella Museum, Tryingham, MA, Juried Group Show

public collections

Access Youth Academy, San Diego, CA
Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, TX
St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH
State Capital, Austin, TX
S&W Sports, Concord, NH
Texas Gulf Bank, Lake Jackson, TX
The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX
University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN

2006 Scholarship Recipient, Karravaz Foundation, Albacete, SPAIN
2003 Melbourne University Academic Activity Grant, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
2002/04 Public Art Registry, Atlanta, GA
2002/03 Reynolds Scholarship, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
2002 Connemara Conservancy Sculpture Grant, Dallas, TX
2001 Ceramic Sculpture Award, University of Texas, Austin, TX
1997 Wolfenden Fine Arts Prize, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH


2013 The Wall Street Journal, ”Portrait Emerges at Arts Club”, March 27
2013 The New Criterion, ”Playing Chess at the NAC”, Armavirumque, March 24
2012 The New Criterion, “Gallery Chronicle”, Vol.31, No.2, October
2011 Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, “Muxus Handi Bi”, Vol.106, No.1, Sept/Oct
2010 Making Art Connections, Chris Bates, “Weebotts”, McGraw-Hill, July
2009 The Alumni Horae, Jana Brown, “Artist Opens Students to New Ideas”, May
2009 The Pelican, Tom Owen “…Visiting Artist…”, April
2008 Sculpture Magazine, “New Sculptures…”, Vol.27, No.6, July/Aug
2004 Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, “Corset Bones”, Vol. 97, No.2, Nov/Dec
2004 Sculpture Magazine, “Sculptural Whimsy“, Vol.23, No.4, May
2003 Albany News, Sheryl Spore, “Sculptural Whimsy”, December
2002 The Allen American, Shari Frazer, “Art Meets Nature“, March
1999 The Boston Globe, Chistine Temin, “Chesterwood’s Focus“, July


2012 Aloha Foundation, Fairlee, VT, Artist in Residence
2010 ‘Critical Thinking in Three Dimensions’, New Harmony, IN, Visiting Artist
2009 St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH, Visiting Artist
2004 Nancy Smith Elementary School, Albany, TX, Artist in Residence
2003 St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH, Visiting Artist
2001 The Telfair Museum, Savanna, GA, Community Outreach Artist
2000 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, Artist in Residence
2000 The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA, Art Instructor
1999 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Artist in Residence
1999 The Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CO, Teaching Assistant
1997/98 The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT, Art Instructor
1996/97 Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, Teaching Assistant