Posting Date: September 4, 2012
Kennesaw State art professor stays busy in Atlanta arts community
Katherine Taylor practices her craft outside the classroom
By Shira Kerce
Taylor's painting "Atlanta Flooding/Roadway"
Katherine Taylor, assistant professor of drawing and painting in the Kennesaw State University School of Art and Design, has recently seen much success as an artist in the local Atlanta community. Taylor was named a winner of the Working Artist Project, participated in the selection process for the “Talent Loves Company” art exhibit and had a painting selected for the High Museum of Art’s permanent collection.
Taylor was one of three local Atlanta artists to be honored by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia’s (MOCA GA) Working Artist Project for 2012/2013. As a winner, Taylor will receive a $12,000 stipend, a studio assistant, an exhibition at MOCA GA with an accompanying catalog and a place in the Buckhead museum’s permanent collection. Taylor says that being named a winner was both thrilling and humbling, explaining that “receiving the award acknowledged my commitment, and that is very gratifying.” Taylor’s solo exhibition at MOCA GA is planned for August 2013 and she will be using the coming year to prepare for it. “The exhibition will require all my creative attention,” she explains, “and the funding gives me the freedom to do this unencumbered.”
Taylor is also using the award as an opportunity for one of her former KSU students, choosing Asia Matos (art, 2012) as her studio assistant for the next year. Matos will be working with Taylor as she prepares for her exhibition, but Taylor says she will be more than just an assistant. “Asia is an artist,” Taylor says, “and the museum recognizes this as an important mentorship.” All of the studio assistants will also have the opportunity to show their work in a group exhibition at the end of the project.
Taylor also recently participated in Barbara Archer Gallery’s “Talent Loves Company” exhibition. Taylor was invited, along with other Atlanta “talent,” including academics, curators, artists and collectors, to recommend artists, the “company,” that they felt would benefit from participating in the exhibit. The exhibit showcased these rising artists along with a written description from each of their recommenders. Taylor, who describes the exhibit as “wildly successful,” recommended local Atlanta artists Lisa Alembik and Lydia Walls. “I thought the exhibition was very community minded,” Taylor says, “and it sought a collective voice to express these individual talents.”
Taylor has also recently received success with her own artwork. Her painting “Atlanta Flooding/Roadway” has been chosen for the High Museum of Art’s permanent collection of Georgia Artists.