Kathy Kissik

Summer 2016 Artist in Residence


Elaine Fleck Gallery


Squire Foundation Artist in Residence, August 1, 2016 - Sept 13, 2016

Kathy is a graduate of The Museum School Boston and Tufts University. She has received two Pollock-Krasner grants and three Paul Fleck Fellowships to attend residencies at the renowned Banff Centre. That is where she and Michael Hoch were able to deepen their collaboration and create the stunning silkscreen prints and mixed media collages that she will be presenting at G-Space in September. Kathy is attending a 6 week residency at the Squire Foundation in Santa Barbara and giving lectures.

From Kathy's website:

Artists are visual historians. Their artwork reflects the moods, issues, and tribulations mankind experiences within a given generation. We are antennae: absorbing our environment, ruminating on events that impact us, and expressing the energy that results. I try to see as much as I can of this world and am stimulated through journeys. Every place reveals a myriad of layers, information, and inspirations if the participant is willing to actively see versus passively look.

I was trained primarily as a photographer with a minor in welding. Utilizing all of my resources I create mixed media photo based paintings. My artworks are often architectural deriving inspiration from man’s inclination to build. Each subject is considered as alive. Every structure has a personality, history, and effect on its environment.

The materials I utilize are carefully chosen. I seek out objects that lend themselves visually and conceptually to the subject I am dealing with. Metals, in general,have an unspoken vocabulary that is a useful tool for subtly transmitting information to the viewer. For instance; copper, by nature, conducts energy and therefore I use it symbolically for its lively aspects. On the other end of the spectrum there is the dead toxic dullness of lead, which can serve as a counterpoint. My vision has always been to evoke how a place feels. The interpretation of time, space, and subtle nuances associated with the experience.


AUGUST 9, 2016 9:00 AM
Breakfast lecture: "The Artist's Place in Society"
Santa Barbara Club, 1105 Chapala St. Santa Barbara

AUGUST 31, 2016 6:30PM- 7:30PM
Evening Lecture: Bridging Art & Science
Alan Hancock College
800 S. College Dr, Santa Maria, Ca. 93454
Forum Bldg C, Humanities Complex, Parking near PCPA Theater

Art Exhibit and Reception 1st Thursday event: IMPACT
G-Space Gallery, SBCAST
513 Garden St. Santa Barbara

SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 4:30PM- 5:30PM
Afternoon Lecture: "The Artist's Place in Society"
Santa Barbara City College
721 Cliff Dr. Santa Barbara
Physical Science Building Room 101


Articles and Press

Montecito Journal, Our Town column by Joanne A Calitri

Allan Hancock College write-up

Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine