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Kathleen Zimmerman’s love of form is evident in all of her work. This passion was appreciated throughout school earning her artistic merit scholarships as well as academic grants from the University of Hartford Art School in West Hartford, Connecticut. There Kathleen received her fine arts degree in studio art concentrating in sculpture and printmaking. Since graduation she has worked as a monumental mold maker for Land's End Sculpture Center, a public-school art teacher for Irving Robbins Middle School before starting her own studio, Zimmerman Fine Art Studio. She had worked full-time as an artist before that while she resided overseas in China. Since she moved back to her home in Connecticut, Kathleen has been juried into the memberships of the National Association of Women Artists in NYC, the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts and Connecticut Women Artists organizations. She has had solo exhibitions at both the Norman Stevens Gallery and the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery on the University of Connecticut’s Storrs and Groton campus', Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, and at the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center in Storrs, Connecticut, the latter exhibition was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, State of Connecticut's Office of the Arts and Windham Arts. She is currently having solo exhibitions at River Arts in Vermont and GR Art Gallery in Stamford, Connecticut. Kathleen Zimmerman is currently represented by Tilting at Windmills in Vermont and GR Art Gallery in Connecticut. Her work has been juried into international, national and regional group exhibitions and has won awards at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Mystic Museum of Art, University of Connecticut and Guilford Art Center exhibitions, to mention a few. Loos Center for the Arts in Connecticut invited her to be part of their 2020 exhibit Lost and Found sponsored by the Gallery, National Wildlife Federation and Connecticut Audubon Society. This year she was juried into the International Artists for Conservation organization as a Signature Member.

At the beginning of Kathleen’s career, she received a public commission for a life-sized cast bronze sculpture, titled Melody, that is part of the permanent collection in the renowned Benson Park Sculpture Garden in Loveland, Colorado. While she still creates sculpture, her main focus is printmaking. Currently she is working with Modern Multiples in Los Angeles, California, creating a full range of serigraphs from her graphite drawings. Last year, due to this work, she was chosen as one of thirty-two artists from across the nation thought to lead the way in this new millennium in an exhibit titled: Taos Art Insurgency: The New Protagonists. This visionary exhibition was located in Taos, New Mexico, a major artist’s colony that has been at the forefront of most of the major modern art movements initiated within the last 120 years.

Kathleen Zimmerman’s art is the way she explores ideas concerning relationships, the environment and culture. It is a meditative practice of sorts that helps her stop and think about life. As Zimmerman creates, she finds layers of meaning, both intentional and unintentional, become apparent in her art filling her with delight and wonder. She likes to work in series’ so she can fully investigate each subject. Over the years, she has developed a personal visual language that uses symbolism and surrealism to transform her subject matter into archetypal images giving her work a mythical quality filled with layers of meaning.

While Zimmerman uses a variety of materials, the ideas are the driving force behind these visual statements not the materials. When working two-dimensionally, she begins with graphite because there's an intimacy about a hand-drawn image, which she loves.

“Whatever I put down on the paper is what I get. It is a real joy in being able to capture the creative act so purely.” Kathleen Zimmerman

Founder and Curator for the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, described Zimmerman’s drawings as follows,

“Kathleen's intricate, delicately layered graphite drawings each appear to come together to form the complex entity. As with life, each lovely drawing is made up of so many ethereal textures, shades and shapes that you want to look at more deeply to experience the emotions visually laid out before you.“ Julia Pavone

Zimmerman uses these drawings as the basis for her print work, which is currently digital and serigraphic. She says,

“The nice thing about printmaking is I can add contrast, color and sometimes texture, depending on the type of printmaking method, while still retaining the essence of the drawings. I don't want my drawings to become paintings or to rely on 'happy accidents' to make them interesting, thus I use technology in an intentional manner to enhance the original thought not to get away from it.” Kathleen Zimmerman

Artist at Scavotto Sculpture, retired art teacher and patron, described Zimmerman's work as follows.

“When I view Kathleen’s thought-provoking work, I ponder over her cosmic and mythic depictions of animals, nature, culture, humankind and interrelationships. Her compositions often include abstract ethereal beings within the lyrical line and organic unified shapes of her main subject. Rich gradations of tone and captivating detail invite me to look deeper where I always see more. Her animal portrayals and playful narrative enactments evoke my wonder and amazement of her symbolic sensibility. Her work is visually and soulfully harmonious.” Barbara Scavotto-Early

When working three-dimensionally, Kathleen Zimmerman begins in clay or wood, both materials that are very user friendly. Clay lets her form organic shapes that are wonderful to touch while wood lets her construct simple shapes or more complex elements to compliment and finish the statements. Zimmerman then casts and fabricates these elements into more permanent materials, such as bronze or stone. She does this because all her sculptures are envisioned as life-sized or large-scale work to become part of the landscape.

The historically important artists Zimmerman most admires are; Kathe Kollwitz, a German Expressionistic printmaker, Remedios Varo, a Mexican Surrealistic painter, Georgia O'Keeffe, an American Modern painter, Paul Gauguin, a French Post- Impressionist painter and Brancusi, a Romanian Minimalist sculptor. All of these very different artists have inspired her to create her own visual language, which is accessible to others, while remaining intimately personal.

Kathleen Zimmerman describes her mission as an artist as follows,

“To create aesthetically meaningful work that explores the issues of our time and treats all living beings as equals to be considered and valued”. Kathleen Zimmerman

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