Kat O'Connor, CM
Kat O'Connor revels in the idea that water replaces the traditional model's pedestal. Gravity is removed, and the figure can be viewed at unusual angles. Foreshortening of the figure becomes common, hands and feet moving forward, no longer encumbered by the need to support the weight of the body.
Kat O’Connor earned a Bachelor of Arts in drawing with highest honors from Montana State University in 1990 and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1995. O'Connor was awarded a Mass Cultural Council Fellowship for her drawings in 2018, and is honored to have received a Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts 2021 Residency. She received an Arts Worcester Material Needs Grant in 2017 and 2021. She is a Copley Master in the Copley Society of Art in Boston, Massachusetts, and her work is included in many private and corporate collections. O’Connor has exhibited her work nationwide, including a solo exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum in the summer and fall of 2022, and won numerous awards. O’Connor has shared her love of art with students at Clark University, Southwest Texas State University, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Worcester State University, Worcester Art Museum, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord, Massachusetts. She has lead landscape painting workshops in Maine, New Hampshire, Cape Cod, New Mexico, Italy, and Greece.