Kate Fleming is a visual artist based in her hometown of Arlington, Virginia. She has shown her work throughout the DC area and across the United States at galleries and mural festivals including POW! WOW! Washington, DC; Site:Brooklyn in New York, New York; and Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas. Kate received a Spotlight Artist Grant in 2015 to create a 100-foot-long mural along Lee Highway in Arlington, which she wrote a blog about.  Kate was artist in residence at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop for six weeks in 2018, where she filled the gallery with an installation made of black velvet. She has also completed residencies at AS IF Center in High Cove, North Carolina; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia; and Penland School of Craft in Asheville, North Carolina. In the Fall of 2019, Kate created her first ever theater set for Taffety Punk Theater Company’s production of Sadie Hasler’s Pramkicker. This spring, she will complete a residency at Rochambeau French International School in Bethesda, teaching students to make linocut prints.

My work is primarily a study of light. In every medium and process, whether plein air painting, murals, printmaking, collage, or installation, the work is always about a love of light. In my work, light and shadow often fall in heavy strips across surfaces. Light sometimes peeks through an illusion of transparent layers. Light is at turns found, created, depicted, projected, or invented. I study daylight in particular, using it as an instrument to observe time. My compositions move the eye both through the space and across the page, exploring a tension between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional worlds. The cluttered suburban world around me is the primary source material for my work, creating a specific sense of place but also a familiar and universal suburbanism.

Education 

2013

2010–2014

College of William and Mary

Maryland Institute College of Art

Summer Travel Intensive

Selected Exhibitions 

Solo

2018

2017

Shadow and Light, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC

NoMa Skyline, The Lobby Project, Washington, DC

Group

2018

2017

2016

2015

2013

POW! WOW! DC International Mural Festival, Washington, DC

4th Annual Hand Pulled Prints, Site: Brooklyn, New York, NY

Beyond the Studio: Kate Fleming and Tom Woodruff, Falls Church Arts Central

3rd Annual Hand Pulled Prints, Site: Brooklyn, New York, NY 

Artomatic, Arlington, VA

Ink It, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

The Contemporary Print, Flatbed Press, Austin, Texas

2nd Annual Hand Pulled Prints, Site: Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Composition and Light, Central Library, Arlington, VA

Scenes in the City, Falls Church City Hall, Falls Church, VA

Printmaking, Falls Church Arts: Artspace, Falls Church, VA

Emerging Artists Juried Show, The Drawing Room Gallery, Cos Cob, CT

Artists At Work, S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Catron Scholars Show, Andrews Gallery, Williamsburg, VA, 2013

Awards

2015

2014

2013

FY2016 Spotlight Artist Grant, Arlington County Cultural Affairs

First Place, Falls Church Arts Plein Air Painting Competition

Outstanding Student in 2-Dimensional Art Award, College of William and Mary

President’s Art Collection, College of William and Mary, 2013

Arts & Sciences Student Art Contest, College of William and Mary

Summer Travel Intensive Merit-Based Scholarship, Maryland Institute College of Art

Louis E. Catron Scholarship for Artistic Development, College of William and Mary

Joseph Palin Thorley Scholarship in Art, Department of Art and Art History

Residencies

2019

2018

2017

Penland School of Crafts, Bakersville, NC

Rochambeau French International School, Washington, DC

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC

AS IF Center, High Cove, NC

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

Relevant Experience

2016–now

2018

2014–2015

2015–2017

Exhibits Specialist, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, 

Set and Prop Designer, Taffety Punk Theater Company, Pramkicker, Washington, DC

Exhibits Specialist, Smithsonian Exhibits, Washington, DC

Painting and Drawing Instructor, Falls Church Arts, Falls Church VA

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