Catherine Kernan was born in Cooperstown, New York in 1948 and grew up in many parts of the world.She attended Wellesley College, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts egree from Cooper Union in New York City and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Madison in Wisconsin. Currently she has studios in South Worcester, New York and in Somerville, Massachusetts where she is co-owner of Mixit Print Studio. In addition to conducting many workshops and critique sessions, she has held teaching appointments at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Wellesley College, Pine Manor College and Vermont College of Norwich University.
Kernan works in her studio using a variety of painting and printmaking media. In recent years her imagery has concentrated on tightly focused, closely examined sequential segments of landscape, involving the viewer by means of active and rhythmic spatial shifts. Distortions and interference patterns caused by layers of moving, reflecting water surfaces serve to abstract and transcend particularity of place.
Ms. Kernan’s work is regularly exhibited in private galleries across the country, national and international juried exhibitions and invitational shows. She has been awarded residencies at the Balliunglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo, Ireland (1992, 1993, 1994), the MacDowell Colony (1986) and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts (1989).