CONTACT

klstirr@gmail.com

 

BIO

Kate Stirr is a multimedia artist living and working in Oakland, California. She has traveled by canoe and kayak through the tundra of northern Canada and the oceans of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, observing lichen, clouds, tidal creatures, and fungi. Her art practice is rooted in scientific inquiry, engaging in research, discussion, and experimentation. Geophysical patterns and strange biology lay the groundwork for her drawings, sculpture, video, and interventions with people and place. Culling particular inspiration from the ocean and the human body as both ubiquitous and otherworldly, she looks for connections between humans and the world they inhabit—proposing that reality can be as fantastical as our most bizarre imaginings.

Kate holds an MFA from Mills College, where she was the recipient of the Jay DeFeo award. She received a BA in Art and Spanish from Lewis & Clark College and a post baccalaureate certificate in Sculpture from San Francisco Art Institute. Kate has exhibited at the Blackfish Gallery, Hoffman Gallery, and Catlin Gable School in Portland, Oregon, and has shown work throughout the Bay Area, with recent exhibitions at the Marin MOCA and at Root Division. Her work as an artist and curator has been reviewed in the East Bay Express, SF Weekly, SFgate.com, and Art Practical. 

 

EDUCATION   

2010   Mills  College,  Masters  of  Fine  Art,  Studio  Art   

2008   San  Francisco  Art  Institute,  Post-­‐Baccalaureate  Certificate,  Sculpture   

2006   Lewis  &  Clark  College,  Bachelors  of  Art,  Studio  Art,  Spanish    

 

EXHIBITION  HISTORY   

2015

After  Dark:  Glow, Exploratorium,  San  Francisco,  CA  

RESONATE,  Root  Division,  San  Francisco,  CA   

Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

Misfit  Toy  Factory,  Root  Division,  San  Francisco,  CA   

2014

Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

Misfit  Toy  Factory,  Root  Division,  San  Francisco,  CA   

2013   

After  Dark:  The  Art  of  Tinkering,  Exploratorium,  San  Francisco,  CA  

The  Best  Things  in  Museums  Are  the  Windows,  Exploratorium,  San  Francisco,  CA  

Misfit  Toy  Factory,  Root  Division,  San  Francisco,  CA   

2012   

Through  That  Which  is  Seen,  Root  Division,  San  Francisco,  CA  

Owen  Schuh,  Kate  Stirr,  Raymond  Wong,  ODC  Theater,  San  Francisco,  CA   

Misfit  Toy  Factory,  Root  Division,  San  Francisco,  CA   

2011   

Drawing  Conclusions,  Heart,  San  Francisco,  CA  

Deep  Structure,  Marin  Museum  of  Contemporary  Art,  Novato,  CA   

Manufactured  Organic,  Root  Division,  San  Francisco,  CA  (curatorial  project)      

A  Live  Animal,  Root  Division,  San  Francisco,  CA      

Nature  of  Icons,  Andalu,  San  Francisco,  CA  

Misfit  Toy  Factory,  Root  Division,  San  Francisco,  CA   

2010   

Holidayland,  Compound  Gallery,  Oakland,  CA   

UpRooted,  Heart,  San  Francisco,  CA   

Sideshow  Happening,  Root  Division,  San  Francisco,  CA  

 Between  You  and  Me:  Mills  College  MFA  Exhibition,  Mills  College,  Oakland,  CA      

2009     

Holidayland,  Blankspace  Gallery,  Oakland,  CA   

Unreal,  31  Rausch,  San  Francisco,  CA   

Stimulus  Package,  Blankspace  Gallery,  Oakland,  CA   

Changed,  Temescal  Contemporary,  Oakland,  CA   

2008   

Museums:  Interventions,  Legion  of  Honor  &  de  Young  Museums,  San  Francisco,  CA  

Composing  Biology,  Swell  Gallery,  San  Francisco,  CA   

POST,  Swell  Gallery,  San  Francisco,  CA   

2007     

City  Traffik,  Swell  Gallery,  San  Francisco,  CA   

2006     

Emerging  Artists,  Catlin  Gable  School,  Portland,  OR  

Recent  Graduates  Exhibition,  Blackfish  Gallery,  Portland,  OR        

 

PUBLICATIONS/PRESS   

Mike  Petrich  and  Karen  Wilkinson,  The  Art  of  Tinkering,  San  Francisco:  Welden  Owen,  2013.  Print.

Caroline  Chen,  SF  Weekly,  Call  of  the  Wild:  A  Live  Animal  Exhibition  Explores  Human  Relationships with  Nature,  July  8,  2011         

Inside  City  Limits,  Comcast  TV  Channel  104,  Aired  March  23-­‐April  5,  2011        

Jessica  Carew  Kraft,  East  Bay  Express,  Toxic  Art,  March  23,  2011        

Dorothy  Santos,  artpratical.com,  Shotgun  Review:  Manufactured  Organic,  March  24,  2011   

JD  Beltran,  City  Brights,  SFGate.com,  State  of  the  Artists,  May  12,  2010        

Between  You  and  Me:  Mills  College  MFA  Exhibition  2010,  Exhibition  Catalog,  Mills  Art  Museum,  Essay  by  Stephanie  Hanor  

Unreal,  Exhibition  Catalog,  31  Rausch  St  Gallery

Museums:  Interventions,  Exhibition  Catalog,  Legion  of  Honor  and  de  Young  Museums, Essay  by  Ian  McDonald

Senior  Art  Exhibition,  Exhibition  Catalog,  Hoffman  Gallery,  Essay  by  Linda  Tesner         

 

RELATED  EXPERIENCE   

2015-present Videography and Photography for Makani at X

2013-­‐2015 Prototype Technician,  Design  Kitchen,  Google  X,  Mountain  View,  CA  

2010-­2013  Museum  Educator  &  Exhibit  Technician,  Exploratorium,  San  Francisco,  CA   

2012-­‐2013  Installations Manager,  Root  Division,  San  Francisco,  CA   

2009-2011  Stopmotion Animation Instructior, Edventure More, San Francisco, CA

2009-­‐2010 Teaching  Assistant  to  Ron  Nagle  and David Linger, Mills  College,  Oakland,  CA                        

 

AWARDS/AFFILIATIONS   

2010-­‐2012   Root  Division  Resident  Artist   

2010  Jay  DeFeo  MFA  Award,  Mills  College   

2009  Nell  Sinton  Graduate  Studio  Art  Scholarship,  Mills  College   

2006  Honors  in  Studio  Art,  Lewis  &  Clark  College