Kate Nartker


Kate Nartker works between animation and weaving to disassemble images, narrative, and material structures. She received an MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2012 and is a lecturer in the Art Department of San Francisco State University. Her work has been included in exhibitions throughout the Bay Area and internationally, including The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, The Contemporary Austin, and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. Nartker lives in Berkeley, and is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery.

  • 2019

    • Scratch the Surface, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • If You Have Ghosts, Alabama Contemporary, Mobile, AL
    • Bauhaus at 100, Ruth’s Table, San Francisco, CA
  • 2017

    • New Threads, Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, CA
    • Fort Nights 2017, A Phenomenon, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
  • 2016

    • Lines that Tie, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA
    • Among Echoes, Peephole Cinema, San Francisco, CA
    • Making Our Mark, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
  • 2015

    • Stop Over, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • fiberSHED, Marin Community Foundation, Marin, CA
  • 2014

    Tease it Out, Redux, Charleston, SC
  • 2013

    • The Wheelhouse, devening projects + editions, Chicago, IL
    • IRL, Alter Space, San Francisco, CA
    • LIFT Series, The Contemporary Austin, Austin, TX
    • Three person Exhibition with Zachary Royer Scholz and Phillip Hua, SFSU, SF, CA
    • Punch Card II, Arena1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
    • Remembering is Everything, Alter Space, San Francisco, CA
  • 2012

    • Punch Gallery Juried Exhibition, Juror: Scott Lawrimore, Seattle, WA
    • Introductions, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
    • re:Told, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
    • MFA Exhibition, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA Stop & Go Show, Berlin, DE
    • 4x4, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA MFA Now, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
  • 2011

    • Shot Through, Hordaland Art Center, Bergen, Norway In Motion, North/South Galleries, Oakland, CA
    • Proof, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA Frontrunners, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA
    • Aire Biennial, Museo Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli, Mexico City, Mexico 415.816.2393
    • Dying Salon, North/South Galleries, Oakland, CA
    • Craft Forward, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • 2010

    • HELLO, North/South Galleries, Oakland, CA
    • ITAB, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA
    • Innovations in Contemporary Crafts, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA Textiles in 3D, Rock Paper Scissors Collective, Oakland, CA
  • 2009

    • Again and Again and Again: Repeat Pattern, Now and Then, SF, CA
    • SFSU 20th Annual Stillwell Exhibition, San Francisco, CA


  • 2012

    • MFA, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • 2007

    • Certificate in Pattern Making, Apparel Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002

    • BA Media Studies, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • 2001

    • Certificate Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam


  • 2014

    Lia Cook Residency, California College of the Arts
  • 2012

    • Juror’s Choice Award, Punch Gallery, Juror: Scott Lawrimore
    • Toby Devan Lewis Award Shortlist
  • 2011

    • Design Sponge Scholarship Finalist
    • Creative Promise Award, Surface Design Association
    • Phelan, Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship
    • Northwest Area Arts Council Fiber and Textiles Arts Scholarship AAUW Women’s Career Development Grant
  • 2010

    • Split Rock Arts Program Scholarship, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2009

    • Penland School of Crafts Scholarship, Penland, NC


  • Digital Weaving Norway, What’s On Your Loom: Kate Nartker (November 2015)
  • Art Mag, Review: Tease It Out by Katey Crews and Kate Nartker (August 2014)
  • San Francisco Arts Quarterly, Kate Nartker: Artist Profile, Ashley Stull (May 2013)
  • Beautiful Decay, Kate Nartker’s Fictional Animations, Larissa Greer (April 2013)
  • SF Bay Guardian, Framing Devices, Matt Fisher (January 2013)
  • Art Practical, Review of Remembering is Everything, Joshua Kim (January 2013)
  • Introductions, Root Division, October 2012
  • Surface Design Journal, Fall 2012
  • Composite Arts Magazine, Aberration No. 8, Summer 2012
  • re:Told, Root Division, July 2012
  • KQED Arts, Highlights from 2012 MFA Exhibition, May 2012
  • Art Practical, Review on 4x4, May 2012
  • Students That Make, Interview February 2012
  • Hordaland Kunstsenter, Shot Through- Textiles and Photography by Glenn Adamson, January 2012
  • Joomchi & Beyond, Jiyoung Chung, 2011


  • “Informed Source: Gabriel Pionkowski”, Surface Design Journal, Spring 2015 issue.
  • “Dynamic Latin American Duos”, Surface Design Journal, co-authored with Victor De La Rosa, Fall 2013 issue.