Katherine Thomsen Artist Statement and Biography

Artist Statement: I am deeply inspired by the relationships I witness around me, and by the way an expression or tone of voice can convey what is underneath. I view art and music as looking glasses into more complex perspectives, and I appreciate the symbiotic relationship between the two. As observers and partakers of the world, we are provoked and stimulated by what takes place in our daily environments. Through the interplay of formal visual elements, and by adapting the square form, I strive to achieve an exploration of the internal and external. Furthermore, I work to illustrate the maturation of relationships as either inward or outward environments change, for whatever happens inside effects what is outside, and whatever happens outside effects what is inside.

Art Biography:
Sept. 2004 – Aug. 2008 Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee WI
Magna Cum Laude, BA in Studio Art
Areas of specialization: drawing, painting

Professional Experience:
2008-present Dedicated Paraprofessional at Pewaukee Lake Elementary School supporting in a classroom setting as well as a number of other areas including: working in 4K and 5K classrooms; assisting in office work; participating in lunchroom, recess, and courtyard duties; tutoring first graders in both math and reading, as well as lending a hand in other various tasks around the school.

Awards + Honors:
2016 Third Place Winner in the 50th Annual Waukesha County Courthouse Art Purchase Award Show
2014 Honorable Mention in the 48th Annual Waukesha County Courthouse Art Purchase Award Show
2010 Honorable Mention in the Abstract Painting Category for the Art Guild of Menomonee Falls’ 4th Annual “Art in Action” exhibition
2009 First Place Winner in the Artist Community Division at Spring Creek Church’s 4th Annual “Art at the Creek” Exhibit and Sale
Honorable Mention in the Painting Category for “Art in Action” exhibition
2008 Induction into Tau Nu Chi Young Christian Artists Society
2007 Induction into Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society
Induction into Delta Epsilon Sigma Honors Society for superior scholarship
2006 Honorable Mention in the Annual Waukesha County Courthouse Purchase Award
2004 Recipient of the Visual Arts Departmental Scholarship, CSU

Recipient of the Franciscan Heritage University Scholarship, CS

Exhibitions (abridged):
2016 “Miniature Art Show” at The Art Bar Milwaukee, WI
2017 Gallery @ the Blue - Fine Art Montage show
2016 St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Milwaukee, WI 2016 “Waukesha County Courthouse 50th Annual Purchase Award” Competition Waukesha, WI
2016 “Through Different Eyes” Fine Art Montage show, Grafton Arts Mill Grafton, WI
2016 Fine Art Montage group show, Waukesha Civic Theater Waukesha, WI
2015 “Waukesha County Courthouse 49th Annual Purchase Award” Competition Waukesha, WI
2015 “Hidden River” Art Festival, Sharon Lynn Wilson Center Brookfield, WI
2015 “Fine Art Montage Membership Show” PyraMax Bank, Third Ward Milwaukee, WI
2015 “Artists Coming Together” Fine Art Montage show, Bridgetown Gallery Wauwatosa, WI
2014 “Waukesha C
ounty Courthouse 48th Annual Purchase Award” Competition Waukesha, WI
2014 “Hidden River Art Festival,” Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts Brookfield, WI
2014 “Art on the Walk” Art Crawl Event Menomonee Falls, WI
2014 “Art in Action” 8th Members Exhibition at Falls Public Library Menomonee Falls, WI
2013 “Art Unplugged” Members Exhibition at Oconomowoc Art Center Oconomowoc, WI
2013 “Haunted House Art Show” Members Show at Old Falls Village, Davidson House Menomonee Falls, WI
2013 “Waukesha County Courthouse 47th Annual Purchase Award” Competition Waukesha, WI
2013 “7th Annual Art in the Park Event” at Mill Pond Park Menomonee Falls, WI
2013 “Inspired by Words” Members Poetry Exhibition at Latitudes Coffee House Germantown, WI
2013 “Paper Anniversary Show: Art Gallery of the Guild’s 1-Year Anniversary Celebration” Juried Membership Exhibition at Art Gallery of the Guild Menomonee Falls, WI
2013 “Anticipating Spring” Juried Members Exhibition at Washington County Fair Park Pavilion and Ziegler Bldg. Menomonee Falls, WI


2016 Fine Art – Canvas Panels of Korean Subways, WI
2014 Signage – Baby Shower decoration commission, WI
2011 Fine Art – Wall Triptych, WI
2007 Interior decorating – Wall murals, WI
2005 Prop Construction – Christ’s Easter Tomb, Sussex United Methodist Church, WI
2003 Interior decorating – Wall murals, Meno. Falls Emmanuel Community United Methodist Church, WI

Gallery/Studio Affiliations + Websites

Arttwins – www.arttwins.webs.com
Arttwins Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arttwins/233780776765750
Fine Art Montage: online fine art gallery – www.fineartmontage.com Fine Art Montage Facebook Page – http://www.facebook.com/FineArtMontage
Purloin Studios – N88 W16587 Main Street, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
DesignXchange – 175 Main Street, Pewaukee, WI 53072
The Art Guild of Menomonee Falls (AGMF) – www.artguildmf.org
AGMF Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/ArtGalleryOfTheGuild#!/artguildmf