Biography and Resume

BIOGRAPHY

I was born and raised in the village of Hudson Falls in the township of Kingsbury in northern New York State near the entrance to the Adirondack State Park.  Upstate New York and much of New England has many small villages and townships. I’ve lived on both the east and west US coasts near the Blue Ridge and Santa Ynez Mountains, respectively, before settling near Mount Oread, a limestone rich hill in Lawrence, Kansas! I am proud to be a first generation college graduate and academic junkie who recently retired as Professor Emerita from the Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas.

I began making traditional bed quilts for friends and family while I was working at the University.  It was a great part time hobby.  After taking classes with Alice Kettle, Jane Sassaman, Ruth McDowell, and Sian Martin, I decided to retire early so I could become a full time quilt artist.  I am very happy with this new career path.  

RESUME
SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022
“What Did Ming Miss?”, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO; April 2022-July 2022
2020
“Through a Lens”, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, Colorado; Oct 2020-Jan 2021

JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2021
“Microscape”, SAQA Global Exhibition, debuting at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX ; juror, Linden Gledhill
“No Boundaries”, Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg, VA; juror, Marcia Young
“All Abstract”, 311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC
“Elevate”, Webster Art Center, St. Louis, MO; juror, Chabi Bayou
“Fantastic Fibers 2021”, Paducah, KY; juror, Sandra Johnson

2019
“Evolutions”, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO; juror, Martha Sielman
“Evolving Perceptions”, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO; juror, Deborah Boschert
“de.light/FULL”, debuting at Leedy-Voulcos Art Center, KC, Missouri; juror, Rosalie Dace
“Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism”, debuting at Masciolo Gallery, Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, Rochester, NY; jurors Juilee Decker and Hinda Mandell
“Fantastic Fibers”, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY; juror Pauline Verbeek-Cowart
2018
“Artist as Quiltmaker”, FAVA’s 18th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Quilts, Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, OH; juror Emily Zilbur
“Gateway to Imagination: A National Juried Art Competition”, Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM; juror Alex Gregory


CURATED, INVITED, GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021
“Memorial. Monument. Movement.” virtual, Art Against Racism@artagainstracism_org
“Women in Art”, online exhibition, Las Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
“New Collections”, Studio Art Quilt Associates Online gallery
2019
“Quilters” theater production and show, Theatre Lawrence, Lawrence, KS
“Checkmate”, online exhibition, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA
“Summertime”, online exhibition, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA
“All Members Show”, Lawrence Art Guild, Cider Gallery, Lawrence, KS
2018
“Links”, online exhibition, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA
“All Members Show”, Lawrence Art Guild, Cider Gallery, Lawrence, KS
2017
“Print Show 3”, Percolator Artspace Gallery, Lawrence, KS
“All Members Show”, Lawrence Art Guild, Cider Gallery, Lawrence, KS


AWARDS
2019
Best in Show, “Evolutions”, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
2017
Second Place, “Print Show 3”, Percolator Artspace Gallery

PUBLICATIONS
2020
“Digital Sun Salutations”, Art Quilting Studio, Autumn 2020, pp 34-38
“Studio Art Quilt Associates Present De.LIGHT/ful”, KC Studio Magazine, Issue 3, p.88
2014
Robots in Space, Quilt Designs by Linda Frost, Kansas City Star Books, p. 16, ISBN 9781611691184

PRESS
2012
“Extracurricular Activities: Kathy Suprenant, Professor of Molecular Biosciences and Quilt Artist, University of Kansas College Stories
2007
“A Conversation with Kathy Suprenant”, University of Kansas Collegian Alumni Magazine, pp. 18-19.

PRESENTATIONS
2020
Sunday at the Museum. Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO
2019
SAQA Threads of Innovation Conference, San Jose, CA
SAQA KS, MO, OK Regional Meeting, Kansas City, KS
Kaw Valley Quilter’s Guild, Lawrence, KS


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Studio Art Quilts Associates Juried Artist Member
Surface Design Association
Kaw Valley Quilters Guild

My academic CV (click here if you are curious)

All text and images © 2021 Kathy Suprenant.

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