Kate Nartker



In this work, I digitized 8mm film reels and printed stills onto layers of silk organza. I am interested in breaking apart and abstracting imagery by its own physical support. In this case, images are separated by CMYK layers and rearranged into a new disheveled surface. There is a level of visual confusion I am after, as the material itself becomes the armature for abstraction. Fragments from events are absorbed by cloth, and retold through patterns, textures, and haptic distortions.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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