Sculpture garden & contemporary fine art on historic Canyon Road

Kate Rivers

Kate Rivers constructs of layers of text, ephemera, and oil stick creating dense patterns, while exploring social and political issues.  The work addresses the human compulsion to collect things that often adds meaning to our lives reflecting past memories and events. Rivers gathers material from garage or estate sales, and second-hand stores, posters from urban areas, and items from daily life. Some of the materials that she uses are a variety of maps, old typed or hand-written letters, canceled postage stamps and clothing tags.  Clothing tags are especially seductive because they are well designed and suggest issues of class and the compulsion to collect. In addition she incorporates items of whimsy and reflections of the everyday.  Often, “I feel like a voyeur looking into the lives of others long past and reflecting on those lives.”

A recurrent theme in Kate Rivers work is the image of a nest.  The nest is a powerful metaphor suggesting comfort, home, protection and family.   In addition, she works with color and texture creating large wall pieces from the covers of books.  Books, once valued and collected, have become a burden with issues of space and storage a problem with smaller and smaller livable spaces. The availability of online libraries is a challenge to the need to collect books.  They are now difficult to sell at auctions, garage sales and resell stores.

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Kate Rivers


Professor Emeritus – East Central University – Oklahoma

University of South Carolina, Master of Fine Arts Degree

Columbus College of Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Art

Arizona State University MA Film Theory and Criticism


2021 Kay Contemporary Art  – upcoming

2020   Blue Print Dallas – December

  1. Blue Print Gallery

2018   David Anthony Fine Art – October

2016   David Anthony Fine Art – December

2015   The William and Joseph Gallery, September

2014   Artspace 111, Fort Worth Texas: February-March

JRB Fine Arts, Oklahoma City OK – April

2013   Mathews Gallery, Santa Fe NM – June

2012   Paseo Originals, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – December

Living Arts, Tulsa, Oklahoma – April

2011   Mathews/Deloney Newkirk Galleries August

2010   August Istvan Gallery Opening August

Artprize September-October 2010 Grand Rapids Michigan.

Fort Worth Community Arts May

Istvan Gallery OKC August 2010

2009   City Arts Solo October-November – Oklahoma City

Conduit Gallery March Dallas, Texas

2008   MFA Gallery Dallas Texas, June-August

Istvan Gallery Oklahoma City OK September

2004   IAO Gallery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma September-October

2005  Solo Exhibition, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, Missouri October-November


2017 Farmington Art Museum – Best of Show – Fall

2016   Group Show – David Anthony Fine Art – September

2015  New Mexico Museum of Art – Art on the Edge – April-August

2014   Meyer Gallery – Park City Utah Summer

2013   A.C.A Gallery, NYC group Exhibit

2012   New American Paintings – west division – exhibition in print.

2011   Red Dot IAO Gallery November 2010

Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition 12X12

Benrimon Contemporary, New York, New York. May-June

Omelet Party Fundraiser for Oklahoma Museum of Art

2010   12X12 Fred Jones OKC September

The Art of the Doll – OKC

Arkansas Art Center Delta Show

Leslie Powell November January

Art Prize Michigan October 2010

2009   Suzanne Mears Art Holiday Show Dec

IAO Gallery Red Dot November

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition 12X12 Art Show and Auction October

Suzanne Mears Art Art of the Dog July

MSCC Forsyth Center Galleries Texas A&M University Regional Juried Art            Exhibition March-May BEST OF SHOW

VAST Visual Arts Society of Texas April-May

Oklahoma Friendly: National Juried Exhibition March-April

CafCity Arts Group Invitational. February – OKC

13th Biennial Oklahoma Centerfold University of Arts and Sciences, Oklahoma

2008   9X12 Works on Paper Fort Worth Community Arts Center December

13th Biennial Oklahoma Centerfold” Leslie Powell Lawton Nude International 2008 Juror Jay Gorney

Annual Paper in Particular National Exhibition juror Robert Mueller

Lexington Art League January-February Loudoun House Gallery

2007   ISTVAN Gallery Grand Opening

50th Annual Delta Exhibition Juror James Surls Arkansas Arts Center                     Oklahoma Suite II Leslie Levy Fine Arts Lawton Oklahoma

Seven State Biennial USAO Art Gallery Leslie Levy Fine Arts Oklahoma November 2007 February 2008 The Figurative Impulse Art Corridor II Fort Worth, Texas Group Invitational

Oklahoma Suite II – Two Year Traveling Exhibit

Edge Art Now IAO Gallery Juried Show April

Oklahoma Friendly National Juried Show March-April 7 FIRST PLACE Mixed Media Oklahoma City University

2006   Paseo Art Gallery Group Juried Show December-January

Heroes and Outlaws Oklahoma Centennial Exhibit January

Oklahoma Art Guild National Juried Exhibition April First Place

Facets of the Feminine – March

2005  Seven State Biennial Purchase Award

Oklahoma Painting and Drawing Biennial VIII

The Shafer Regional Invitational Art Exhibition January-February

Café City Arts Exhibit January-February

2004   24 Works on Paper Traveling Exhibit

Goddard Center 35th Annual Juried Show

OVAC Artful Experience Printmaking Oklahoma April

2003   Not So Silent Night Invitation

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Biennial OKC April

Mixed Media/Collage Juried Exhibition Best of Show Norick Art Center        Oklahoma City University

2002   Goddard Center 33rdAnnual Art Exhibit First Place

Lawton Oklahoma Monotype Invitation Group show

IAO Mixed Media Juror Laura Wariner April

Biting the Apple 2002 Sex Machines IAO Gallery, March

Oklahoma Arts Guild 34th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition March-April

2001   Three Person Invitational Murray State College

Mixed Media Norick Art Center Oklahoma City University Feb- March

Four Person Independent Artists of Oklahoma – Oklahoma City January

2000   Southwestern University Three Person Invitational October

Independent Artists of Oklahoma Eleventh Annual Mixed Media Juried        Exhibition juror Jon Burris Best Use of Mixed Media

Mixed Media/Collage Exhibition; Norick Art Center, Oklahoma City   University, First Place.


Museum/Public Collections – selection

Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, Meridian, Idaho

University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville Virginia – Purchase: 2018

State of New Mexico – Bataan Building – 2016

Central New Mexico Community College – 2017

Eastern New Mexico University – 2016

Oklahoma State University

East Central University

Texas A&M

University of Science and Art Chickasaw OK



New American Paintings – 2018

New American Paintings 2014, Issue 114

Trend Magazine Fall/Winter 2013/2014

New American Paintings, West Issue #103, juror Bill Arning 2012

The Magazine September 2012

Studio Visit Magazine 2011/2010

Southwest Art July 2011

The Santafean August 2011


New Mexico Art in Public Places 2017

Prospectus #239 2016 AIPP Large Scale Purchase Initiative

New Mexico Art in Public Spaces – finalist 2014/2015

Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition 2009 Fellowship Award



Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Framing Grant – 2009

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Education Grant 2008

Jay Gorney Award of Merit

USAO Purchase Award

Oklahoma Painting and Drawing Biennial VIII honorable mention

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Materials Grant

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Travel Grant

Norick Art Center Oklahoma City University Best of Show

Goddard Center One of Four First Place Awards

East Central University Education Grant

IAO Gallery Best Use of Mixed Media

Norick Art Center One of Two First Place Awards

East Central University – Dean Travel Award for Scholarly Activity


Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition: Gallery Representation. October 2010Monotype Demonstration Untitled Artspace 2010

Mixed Media Workshop Oklahoma Art Guild June 2010

Quartz Mountain panel artist residencies April 2009


Zacryl Intaglio Printmaking Untitled ArtSpace 2008

Smart Plate Digital Printmaking Untitled Artspace 2006

Book Arts Manchester England, March 2005

Lithography Demonstration Artful Experience OKC 2005/2004

Monotype Lecture Nelsen Atkins Print Consortium October 2003

Paper CAA Conference February 2002 (Philadelphia) The On-Going Debate of the MFA Degree.

Paper Presentation Problems in Academia, and Investigation of Professional Practices.  SECAC Conference 2001, Columbia, SC

Portrait Drawing and Painting Demonstration, Columbus, Ohio



Santa Fe Art Institute July August (Residency) 2010


Zacryl Non-toxic printmaking Los Milagros Print Studio October 2005        The Business of Art Untitled Gallery November 2004 OVAC

Going Digital Oklahoma City University October, 2004 – OVAC

Nontoxic printmaking Santa Fe New Mexico August 3 20, 2004

Monotype Workshop Ron Pokrasso Santa Fe, New Mexico

Monotype Workshop Quartz Mountain – 2001

Monotype Workshop Quartz Mountain – 200


Arizona State University Teaching Assistantship

University of South Carolina Teaching Assistantship and Fellowship

Ford Foundation Scholarship

Columbus College of Art and Design Three Year Full Scholarship

Columbus College of Art and Design Outstanding Junior Studio Major Full Year Scholarship



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