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Kate Kretz: Distinguished Artist Series Weekend
Saturday, May 09, 2020, 8:00 AM to Sunday, May 10, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT
Category: DISTINGUISHED ARTIST SERIES

About the Distinguished Artist Series

Four times a year, the James Renwick Alliance brings notable craft artists from around the country to Washington, DC for a Saturday workshop and Sunday lecture.

 

 


Distinguished Artist Series
Kate Kretz

Artist Workshop:
Saturday, May 9  |  9:30am - 12:00pm
Location TBA
$50 members  |  $60 non-members
$175 for all 4 workshops, members only

Public Lecture:
Sunday, May 10 | 2pm - 3pm
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center   |  4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC

Kate Kretz intends her mixed media work to be "beautiful, exquisitely-crafted gut punch." She takes an unblinking look at difficult topics, and renders her response with stitchery, painting, or woodburning. Whichever medium will have the most potency. With each stitch or mark, she increases the power of her "incantation" to counteract the negative and to create a thoughtful, healing object. Kretz has used human hair to embroider unsettling pieces which examine motherhood, sexuality, and aging. Her recent pieces using deconstructed Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats caused her work to be banned from Facebook and Instagram, an ironic outcome to her artistic fight against hate speech. Kretz's unsparing examination of important subjects is a deeply aesthetic and intellectual experience.

​She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and earned her MFA from the University of Georgia.  She has participated in numerous group and solo shows, and has received wide media attention for her unusual and powerful body of work.