Katharine Kuharic

Adjunct Faculty, 2018 Diebenkorn Fellow

Katharine Kuharic is a painter primarily known for her allegorical paintings consisting of thousands of details, multiple figures, and complex technique. Sexual desire, social and political mores preoccupied her work in the 90’s. The paintings were populated by death heads, flayed flesh, tableaus and timelines of her sexual partners. In the following decade, gun violence, overabundance, inflated and collapsing real estate, and financial markets preoccupied her work.

Political engagement has long been a focus of Kuharic’s work, and she has developed several projects designed to raise money for Senate campaigns, The Brady Campaign against Gun Violence and Presidential campaigns. In 2008 she began a large painting of all of the US Presidents coinciding with Hillary Clinton’s first failed attempt at the presidency. The work is titled "What Women Lost" (a reference to Betty Friedan’s assertion that while men are busy obtaing wealth and power, women are busy losing weight in order to appear more attractive) and is intended to be completed only when a woman attains the Presidency.

Katharine’s work is represented by P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York where she has had numerous solo exhibitions. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Village Voice, Tema Celeste, Parquette, the St. Louis Post Arts, and Time Out. She has held teaching positions at Washington University, Yale University, SVA, and Hamilton College. She has received grants from the Vogelstein Foundation, The Penny McCall Foundation, Art Matters, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Kuharic has had residencies at Mac Dowell Colony, The Rockefeller Center in Lake Como, Italy, and Gyeonggi Creation Center in South Korea.

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