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Kate Petley

Lives and works in Longmont, CO

1976  B.F.A. cum laude University of Utah

Repositioned, Robischon Gallery, Denver CO
All At Once, Orth Contemporary, Tulsa OK
Solo Exhibition, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
Out Of Line, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
Lined, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
The Fruit Stare
, Fort Lewis College Art Gallery, Durango CO
Recent Work, Vertical Arts, Steamboat Springs CO
The Spaces in Between, The Nicolaysen Museum of Art, Casper WY
One Big Dream, Plus Gallery, Denver CO
2009  Overhead, Rudolph Projects, Houston TX
Watershed, Plus Gallery, Denver CO
Fringe Element: My Piece of the Sky, PlatteForum, Denver CO
2007  Hallucinating, With Vigor, Rudolph Projects, Houston TX
2006  Delirious, Plus Gallery, Denver CO
2005  Everything, Museum of the Southwest, Midland TX
2004  Recent Work, Rudolph Projects, Houston TX
2003  Bright and Shiny: Recent Work, Rudolph Projects, Houston TX
Inhale, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe NM
Drops, Rudolph Projects, Houston TX
2001  Recent Works, Rudolph Projects, Houston TX
Recent Works, Rudolph Projects, New York NY
Inhale, Diverseworks, Houston TX
Monkey Mind, Fort Lewis College Art Gallery, Durango CO
Blue Sky, College of the Mainland Fine Arts Gallery, Texas City TX
Photographs, Rudolph Poissant Gallery, Houston TX
1997  Carried Away, Rudolph Poissant Gallery, Houston TX
1996  Container of Meaning, Fotofest, Houston TX
1993  Rings, Balls, and Trees, Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, Waco TX
1992  Requiem for Huge Oaks, Diverseworks, Houston TX
1988  Recent Works, Judy Youens Gallery, Houston TX

2020 Kate Petley and Tim Whiten, CU Art Museum, Boulder CO; catalogue essay
2012   Construct: Kate Petley and Rusty Scruby, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe NM
2007  Similar Differences: Kate Petley and Sheila Klein, Art League Houston TX
1996  Recent Works, Slover McCutcheon Gallery, Houston TX
Lighten Up, Collaborative with David Carpender, The McBride Series, Houston TX
1994  Kate Petley and Michael Whitehead, Longview Museum of Art, Longview TX
1993  From the Source, Farah Damji Fine Art, New York NY
Recent Work, Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi TX

E/AB Fair, Manneken Press, New York, NY
Declaration, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
Learning to See Color, Vicky Myhren Gallery, Denver University, Denver, CO
Colorado Women In Abstraction, Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO
New Work, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
E/AB Fair, Manneken Press, New York, NY
Select Fair, Manneken Press, New York, NY
New Prints 2014, International Print Center New York and Christie’s New York
Colorado Contemporary, Curfman Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO
Materialized, Robischon Gallery, Denver CO
Edition Chicago, Manneken Press, Chicago, IL
Dallas Art  Fair, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe NM
Gallery Artists, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles CA
Scope Miami, Turner Carroll Gallery
Terrain, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe NM
Blink, Turner Carroll Gallery, Dallas TX
Scope Miami,  Turner Carroll Gallery
New Mexorado, The Harwood Museum, Taos NM
Specific Environments: Landscape as Metaphor, Lincoln Center, Fort Collins CO
4 x 4,  University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Excellencies, Plus Gallery, Denver CO
2008  The Best Choice: Houston Arts Alliance and City Hall, Houston TX
Pushing the Envelope: A Drawing Show, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston TX
Hot Pursuit: Eight Artists from Southwestern Colorado, Adams State College, Alamosa CO
2006  New American Painting Issue #66, Plus Gallery, Denver CO
Selections from New American Painting #54, Plus Gallery, Denver CO
ISEP Exposed: Selected Artists, Cultural Arts Council of Houston Harris County and Rudolph Projects, Houston TX
Rocky Mountain Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins CO
Surfaces, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Ft. Worth TX
Plastic Fantastic, Exhibit A, New York NY
Luscious, Ron Judish Fine Art at Andenken Gallery, Denver CO
Red, Rudolph Projects, Houston TX
Archipelago, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver CO
Group Exhibition, Judish Fine Art, Denver CO
Reaction, Exit Art, New York NY
Sky, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada CO; with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Summer Stock 3, Ron Judish Fine Arts, Denver CO
Gallery Artists, Helix Fine Art, Santa Fe NM
The End of History, Ron Judish Fine Arts, Denver CO
Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Art 2000, Houston, TX
Fotofest 2000, Installation sponsored by Foley of Houston
Textual Negotiations, collaboration with poet Michael Rosen, Lawdale Art Center, Houston TX
Selected Works, Rudolph Poissant Gallery, Houston TX
Los Angeles National Juried Exhibition 2, Spanish Kitchen Gallery, Los Angeles
Second Texas Annual, The Contemporary Art Center of Ft. Worth, Ft. Worth TX
The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX
Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art ‘97, Houston TX
Wabi Sabi, Takara Gallery, Houston TX
Paper, Rudolph Poissant Gallery, Houston TX
The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX
Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art ‘96, Houston TX
Imprint, Barbara Davis Gallery/ Pennzoil Place, Houston TX
‘O’: A House Installation, with Dan Havel & Dean Ruck, Houston TX
The Evocative Object, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington TX
Seductive Surfaces, Sally Sprout Gallery, Houston TX
The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX
Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art ‘95, Houston TX
Witness Through Materials, Transco Energy Gallery, Houston TX
14 Sculptors, North Harris College, Houston TX
Broken Hearts, Farah Damji Fine Art, New York NY
Low Tech, CRCA, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington TX
The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX
Second Annual Riverway Invitational: Sculpture on the Green, Omni Houston
The Texas Biennial 1993, Fair Park, Dallas TX
First Annual Riverway Invitational: Sculpture on the Green, Omni Houston
Sculptors Known and Underknown, One Allen Center, Houston TX
13th Annual Outdoor Exhibition, Nelson Sculpture Park, Abilene TX
Critics Choice, D-Art, Dallas TX
The Big Show, Lawndale Art  Center, Houston TX
The 34th Annual Invitational, Longview Art Museum, Longview TX
The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX
Trail of Tears, Firehouse Gallery, Houston TX
Visual Arts Alliance 9th Annual Juried Exhibition, Houston TX
The Big Show, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX
Installation, Mariposa Sculpture Park, Corpus Christi TX
Visual Arts Alliance 8th Annual Juried Exhibition, Houston TX
Private Investigations, Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX
Texas Sculpture Association Excellence ’90: Fifth Annual Juried Exhibition, Trammel Crow Center, Dallas TX
Austin Annual ‘90, Mexic Arte, Austin TX
Tri State ‘90, Beaumont Art League, Beaumont TX
Common Ground, Beyond Boundaries, Dallas City Hall, Dallas TX
Houston Women, Mexic Arte, Austin TX

Paglia, Michael: Five Solos at Robischon Offer an Abundance of Abstraction, Westword Denver, May 29, 2018
Paglia, Michael: Shape Shifting With Four Shows at Robischon GalleryWestword Denver, August 16, 2017
Mattera, Joanne: An Aggregate of Forces: 60 Women Over 60, Joanne Mattera Art Blog, August 2, 2017
New American Painting West Issue, Juror: Valerie Cassel Oliver, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, 2017
Gleeson, Scott: Merge Down: Reconsidering Flatness Within Kate Petley’s Nomadic Pictorial Spaces, Peripheral Vision Publication Fellowship, Dallas TX, 2017
Paglia, Michael: 8 Solos Add Up to a Major Look at Contemporary Abstraction Westword Denver, January 25Landi, Ann. Feature interview in Vasari 21, April 26, 2016.
O’Brien, Barbara. Kinetic: Highlights of the Polsinelli Collection, 2015.
Paglia, Michael: Getting the Most Out of Minimalism, Westword, Denver, June 2, 2015.
New American Painting
, Issue 114. Juror: Nora Abrams, 2014.
Paglia, Michael. “Conceptual Abstraction”, Westword, February 9, 2014
Deitsch, Dina. Studio Visit Magazine. 2013.
Froyd, Susan. “100 Colorado Creatives”, Westword. June 11, 2013
Abatemarco, Michael. “Binary Visions, Pasatiempo”, The Santa Fe New Mexican, June 15, 2012
Venn, Beth. Studio Visit Magazine. 2011
Goebel, Leanne. What’s Missing from Colorado’s Top Ten List”, The Huffington Post:, Jan 4, 2011
Berkovitch, Ellen. “Contemporary in Denver”, AdobeAirstream,  October 24, 2010
Hatchadoorian, Lisa. “The Spaces In Between”, The Nicolaysen Museum of Art, Catalogue Essay. 2010
New American Painting Anniversary Edition,  Winter, 2009
Goebel, Leanne. “Overhead”, AdobeAirstream, May, 2008
Goebel, Leanne. “Hot Pursuits”, The Durango Herald, September 7, 2007
Phelps, Janet. “Similar Differences”, Art League Houston, Essay for Exhibition. 2007
Keppler, Nick. “Through the Looking Glass”. Houston Press, January 3, 2007
Berry, Ian. New American Painting,  Issue 66, 2006.
Paglia, Michael. “Smart and Pretty”, Westword, Denver CO. May 4, 2006.

Federal Reserve Bank Kansas City MO
UCLA Hospital, Santa Monica CA
Grand Oaks Project, Pasadena CA. Project: 50Ft. Atrium Facade
Bush Intercontinental Airport, City of Houston. Project: ‘Air Drops’, FIS Terminal, 62 ft. L x 9 ft H. Handmade Interior Wall
Donovan Park Terrace, Town of Vail CO
City of Houston, Hike & Bikeway Bridge . 240 Ft. L x 5 Ft. H. New Bridges Installed 2004.

2017 How to Flatten a Mountain, Cow House Studios Residency, PhotoIreland 2017, County Wexford, Ireland
Visiting Artist, Trinity University Department of Art, San Antonio TX
2016  Ucross Foundation Fellowship, Sheridan, WY
2015  Invitational Artist Residency, Franz Mayer of Munich Glass Studio, Munich, Germany
2008  Artist Residency PlatteForum, Denver CO
1997  The Big Show, Second Place Award, Lawndale Art Center, Houston
1995  Special Opportunity Grant, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County, Project: ‘O’: A House Installation
1992  Visual Arts Alliance Ninth Annual Exhibition, First Place Award
1990  New Forms Regional Grant Initiative (NFRIG), National Endowment for the Arts & The Rockefeller Foundation

The City of Houston Airport System
The Nicolaysen Museum, Casper WY
Polsinelli Shughart LLC, Dallas, TX; Chicago, IL and Denver, CO
Suntrust Bank, Atlanta, GA
Intercontinental Exchange, Atlanta, GA
The Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City MO
Osage ArtConsultancy, Hong Kong
Fidelity Investments, Denver, CO and Boston, MA
UCLA Hospital, Santa Monica CA
Denver Children’s Hospital, Denver CO
The City of Houston, TX
The Town of Vail, CO
The Ritz Carlton, Hyatt, Marriott and Caesar’s Palace Hotel Corporations
Park South Hotel, New York, NY
Propriety Capital, Denver CO
Morgan Stanley, San Francisco, CA
Vail Industries, Chicago, IL

Private Collections throughout the United States

Kate Petley is an American abstract painter whose work addresses the subtleties of location and atmosphere, specifically of her home in the mountainous regions of Colorado. In her paintings and prints Petley conveys psychologically charged space using layered images with multiple references, color, vividly enhanced marks, and dramatic compositions. Petley’s experience of location, where the urban environment edges up against the natural world, serves as the point of departure for her work.

"There is an awkward tension, a sense of familiarity, and an odd balance in the compositions. I’m looking for a particular rhythm, a clumsy formality that seems almost tender. Moving towards sensation, subject matter is pushed out and an experiential sense of space fills the gap left behind. I am determined to pull a non-existing image out of thin air using a vocabulary that is not about language and by complicating the relationship of foreground to background, alluding to a distinct presence, my own experiences are inserted”.