Kate Dodd received her B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1983, and her M.F.A. from Columbia University in 1990, and currently lives in New Jersey, with bicoastal stints in the Bay Area, where she is originally from. She has exhibited her artwork nationally in museums, galleries, and colleges, and has been teaching art in public and private schools for 30 years. Kate was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship grant in 2020 from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, and has been awarded residencies at MacDowell, Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Papermaking, the Connemara Conservancy, Cummington Community for the Arts, the Vermont Studio School and numerous schools in the tri-state area. In addition to site-specific installations, Kate has large scale works commissioned by NJ Transit in Bayonne, Newark, South Amboy, and Hoboken. She has just completed a second commission for Summit Public Arts. Her site-specific commission for the Redwood City Public Library will be completed in 2020.
Kate finds it deeply gratifying to create public art because it always requires working with people who are committed to community building. While Kate’s permanent installations use metal, glass, concrete, and porcelain enamel, her temporary installations investigate the possibilities of building with single use waste, such as bottles, cans, and even books. Her works celebrate the transformation of materials and the hidden patterns of human habits.