Kat O'Brien
ceramic sculpture, tiles, installation art, public art, wood sculpture, sculpture parks




1998-2006   Concordia University, Montréal PhD: Humanities Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture
1987-89   New York University, NYC Film production, history, screen writing
1984   Chicago Art Institute, Chicago Video production, criticism
1972-75 MFA University of Alabama Art Ceramics, photography
1971-72 B.F.A. University of Alabama Art Ceramics, graphic design, photography
1968-70 B.A. University of Alabama   English, psychology
1966-68   Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, VA    







1990-2013        Concordia University, Associate Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts        Montréal, QC      Canada
                              Design Art;  Interrelated Arts (Independent study supervisor); Ceramics  (Graduate Committee advisor)

1989-90           Oberlin College, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art                            Oberlin, OH      
                              Art Department      Sculpture (all levels); Drawing; Photography/Video Special Projects
1987-88           Washington University, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Art     St. Louis, MO  
                              Art Department      2 Dimensional Design; 3 Dimensional Design; Figure Sculpture
1985-86           University of Minnesota, Duluth, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Fine Arts
                             Art Department      Ceramics (all levels); Art Today (Contemporary visual/performing arts); Drawing
1982-85          University of Alabama, Birmingham, Instructor Art Department      Sculpture; 2D-3D Design; Drawing     


2021              Canada Council for the Arts: Explore, Create research grant: translucent porcelain, light/sound installation 

2020              Collab-19 collaborative grant/residency, art engine (Ottawa, Canada)/EnMasse, 2-person online team

2017              Penland School of Crafts - Ceramics, Penland, NC - Winter Residency, 6 weeks
2012          Guldagergård International Ceramics Research Center, Skaelskor,  Denmark  -2-month artist residency  
                    New York Foundation for the Arts - research/travel  grant
                      Project Art/Ferrin Gallery, Cummington, MA - artist residency, 8 weeks  
2011              Griffis Art Center, New London, CT - Artist residency and research. 4 months  
2010              Holography Book Project - Photon League, Ontario College of Art and Design 
2009              MARK 09– New York Foundation for the Arts: professional practice program for artists, Potsdam, NY
2008              Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine – Residency: Clay and Words     

1990-2006     Concordia University, Montréal, QC – 11 grants: artistic production, research, and conference travel    
2001              Irish American Cultural Institute O’Shaughnessy Distinguished Research Award: $5000
1996              Sculpture in Woodland - Sculpture In Woodland: Symposium/commission, Devil’s Glen, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.    
1995              Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec - Artistic practice grant and travel grant   
1993              Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta - Artists’ residency: International Issues in Contemporary Ceramics 
1989              Light Work, Syracuse, NY: Artists’ residency and darkroom facilities                                                                                                                                                                                                                               S
culpture Space, Utica, NY: Studio, exhibition facilities - 2 months
1987              Medium West Gallery, Minneapolis, MN: Installation grant
1986              PS 1 Museum/Artists’ Studios,  NYC: Studio facilities - 1 year
                      Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board: Artists’ support grant
1984              Southeastern College Art Conference: Exhibition grant
1982              MacDowell Artists’ Colony, New Hampshire: “Gift of time,” darkroom facilities
1975              Alabama State Council on the Arts & Humanities - Artist’s residency grant
1974              National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.- Fellowship

Installations, Commissions

2018-20     Galerie Art Libre, Associate member, Sutton, Québec
2018           SEED ProjectStudio Acacia,  Montréal, Québec 
                   Studio Acacia Ceramics Exhibition '18, Montréal, Québec  

2017          Studio Acacia Ceramics Exhibition '17, Montréal, Québec        
2016           Norte Maar: 3rd  International Invitational of Clay, Jay NY 
                   Studio Acacia, Ceramics Exhibition '16, Montreal, Quebec
2015           Norte Maar: 2nd  International Invitational of Clay, Jay NY                           
                   Studio Acacia, Ceramics Exhibition '15, Montreal, Quebec

2014           Norte Maar: 1st  International Invitational of Clay, Jay NY
2012           Guldagergård 3X: Meditations on a Siteline, Skaelskor Denmark 
2008           Montréal: Vizinhança  portuguès em azulejos. Ceramic tile mural commissioned by City of Montréal
                     and  Santa Cruz Portuguese Community Centre (permanent installation: June 2008).  
1998           Sculpture In Context. Kilmainham Gaol and Museum, Dublin.  GAOL/GAOL: Double Talk - sound installation
1997           Paw Print of the Celtic Tiger, Dublin. An Duine An Teanga. temporary installation
1996           Sculpture In Woodland Symposium, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Na Seachta Scrínte (The 7 Shrines) - 7 commissioned
                      works for outdoor sculpture garden - 5 week symposium.
                   Camac Sculpture, Carbery Water Gardens, Co. Dublin, Ireland. La langue d’eau : In the Wake of Grosse Île –
                      6-month floating installation  in the Camac River

1993           Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta. International Issues in Ceramics-10 week symposium
1992           2nd International 3-D Media Technology Conference, Montréal. Holography and sculpture installation: Moi et bois

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2017        Champlain Meeting House, Champlain, NY - Village: luminous routes 
2011        Griffis Art Center, New London, CT - My Dance With John
1995        A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL - Eau de Passion II : Partnerships
                Espace Virtuel, Chicoutimi, Québec - Eau de Passion III : Santé
1994        Galerie photo-vidéo l’Espace f., Matane, Québec - Eau de Passion I : Environnment
1992        Centre des Arts Contemporains du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Québec - Je bois le bois     

Group                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2021            Lumineux et Protéiforme (Centre de céramique Bonsecours, Montreal Quebec. Curator: Luc Delavigne                                                                                                                                                                            2018            Galerie Art Libre, 4 Invited Artists, Sutton Quebec                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2011-12       Print and Clay Symposium:  9 artists exhibition - Old Town Hall, Skaelskor Denmark  
bookMARKs - Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
A Book About Death Invitational Exhibition, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY. Curator: Louise Weinberg 
2009-10       Tell-Tale Tiles, Philadelphia Magic Gardens, Philadelphia, PA. Curator:  Susan Tunic. Sponsor: Tile Heritage Foundation
Museo de la Cerámica Contemporánea, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – 
Elit-Tile: 4th International  Ceramic Tile Invitational Triennial
                    Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, NYC, NY
2007-08       Great China Ceramic Museum, Jingdezhen, China – Masters In Clay: International Contemporary Ceramics
                    Advocate and Nochis Galleries, Los Angeles, CA. – Y: Cross your fingers (wood installation)
                    Azulejos  portuguès, Montréal -  Facing Portugal: a study of maps for ceramic tiles
1998-2000   Disputed Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Studies in Religion and Culture, Concordia University
                    Appropriate, Concordia University, Montréal
                    Performing Interdisciplinarity, Concordia University, Montréal
1996-97       7th International Symposium of  Electronic Arts, Rotterdam, Netherlands    
                    National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. - “Global Focus: Women in Art and Culture                                                                                                                                 Selections from United Nations’ 4th World Conference on Women”
UN, NYC, NY - “Beijing and Beyond”                                                                   
                    China Art Gallery, Beijing, China (plus 11 other venues) - “Beijing and Beyond”                                                                                                       1994-95       Huairou Convention Centre, Huairou, China - “Female Perceptions, Technological Visions: Five
                           Photographers”     (United Nations’ 4th World Conference on Women)
                    China World Trade Centre, Beijing, China - “Global Focus: Women in Art and Culture”
                    Huairou Convention Centre, Huairou, Beijing, China  -“Tell Me A Story: Personal Narratives”
                    Foothills Art Centre, Golden, CO - “North American Sculpture ‘94”
                    Farrington Keith Fine Arts, Dexter, Michigan - “Radicals”
                    Downey Museum of Art, Downey, California - “Ceramics Now: ‘94”
1990-91       International Design Centre, NYC - curated by Neville Lewis
                    A.I.R. Gallery, NYC - “Choice”
                    Manhattan Display, NYC - “Loss” - curated by Louise Weinberg
                    I.S. 1 Studios, Long Island City, NY - Hunter’s Point Artists’ Open Studios ‘90 and ‘91
                    Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA - 3 person invitational exhibition
                    Marymount Manhattan College, NYC - “Theater of the Object”
                    Ohio University, Athens, OH - “Photo Alternatives” curated by Jeff Weiss
.                                                                                                                 1988-89       New York University Galleries, NYC - curated by Alan Frumpkin
                    A.I.R. Gallery, NYC - Invitational group exhibition
                    Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH - 2 person exhibition
                    Ceres Gallery, NYC - group exhibition
Washington University, St. Louis, MO - Fine Arts Faculty exhibition                                                                                       1986-87       W.A.R.M. Gallery, Minneapolis, MN - Women In the Visual Arts. Curator: Nancy Azara.                                                                                     University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL - OFF CENTER Invitational  (group exhibition)
                    W.A.R.M. Gallery, Minneapolis, MN – 6 member group exhibition
1984-85       University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA - SE College Art Conference (performance)
                    688 Performance Theater, Atlanta, GA - group performance
                    Birmingham Southern College, Birmingham, AL - OFF CENTER Invitational (installation)
                    University of Alabama, Birmingham - 3 person exhibition
                    Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL - video/performance

Selected ART REVIEWS                

2011        Ní Chárthaigh, Aine and Aidan O’Sullivan, Appreciating Art, Dublin: Gill & Macmillan                                                                        2008       Harper, Glenn and Twylene Moyer, eds. Landscapes for Art: Contemporary Sculpture Parks. Washington, DC:   International Sculpture Center Press
2006         Abascal, Jimena Blázquez, V. Varas, and R. Rispa,, eds. Sculpture Parks in Europe: A Guide to Art and Nature,   “Ireland: Sculpture In Woodland.” Basel, Boston, Berlin: Birkhauser Publishers for Architecture “Sculpture In Woodland”
2002        Magner, D,  Sculpture In Woodland, catalogue, Sculpture In Woodland, Inc., Dublin.
1999        Preece, Robert, “SITE: Sculpture In Woodland” Sculpture Magazine, 18:8 (Oct.) 1999.
                Dunne, Aidan, “Seeing the Wood for the Trees,” The Irish Times, 11 March
1998        Dunne, Aidan, “Out of Context,” The Irish Times, 22 September
                Magner, D, ‘The poet, the sculptor, and the forester,’ Journal of the Society of Irish Foresters, 55:1, 1998,. 91-100
1996        Cox, V. “Sculptures on show in forest,” Evening Herald, Dublin, Oct.11
                Magner, D., “Creating a wood culture in the Devil’s Glen,” Wicklow People, Wicklow, Oct. 6
                Hilliard, L., “Sculpture In Woodland,” Sculptor’s Society of Ireland, Nov.- Dec.
1995        Warwick, L.“Beijing Revisited: Five Montréal Women,” Montréal Gazette, 7 Oct.
Selected PANELS, LECTURES, WORKSHOPS            
Embodied Prescense, Accord, NY— invitational workshop/experimental lab with Arawana Hayashi                                                                             2012        Meditation and the Creative Process, Montreal, QC—3-day art practice with Massimo Guerrera                                                                                     2009        Exit Art, NYC – Píeces de résistance: Artist’s talk, June 6
2008        Ann Stannard: Ceramic workshop for Advocacy, Morgan, VT
                Mahmoud Baghaeian Porcelain, Montreal – porcelain (8-week workshop)
2007        Classical Art Glass, Montreal – Glass fusion (3-day workshop)
2006        Canadian Association of Irish Studies, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON. “Cultural Memory” 14-17 June
2004        Grian:Anthologizing Ireland: Collection, Curation, Dissemination, New York University. “Landscapes of Death in Text and Image”
                Canadian Association of Irish Studies—Mother Tongues, St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
2002        Études Irlandais: Imaging Ireland’s Dead, Université Paris 7, Paris, France. “Language of Images: Commemorative Monuments of the Irish Famine in Ireland and Eastern Canada 1848-1998.”
               Women’s History: Irish/Canadian Connections, St. Mary’s University, “Na Mna Caointe: Keening Women, Colonisation, and Voices Wailing To Be Reckoned With In Contemporary Imagery of the Irish Famine.”
               History In the Making VII, Concordia University, “Montréal and Buffalo: Commemorations and Imagery”
2001        Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, Université Laval, Québec City, QC. “Under Construction: Commemorations of the Irish Famine at Grosse Île and Skibbereen”
               Canadian Association of Irish Studies, Université Laval, Québec City, QC. “Visualising the Voices, Burying the Bodies: Trilingual Monuments in Quebec and Ireland”
2000        American Conference on Irish Studies, Limerick, Ireland. Chair of panel, “Le mémorial des Irlandais: Re-framing the Irish Diaspora” Paper: “Images at the Crossroads of Famine and Public Memory.”
                Ireland’s Great Hunger: An Interdisciplinary Assessment, Quinnipiac University, Hamden Connecticut. “De-Constructing the Irish Famine Memorial in Contemporary Québec”
                Montréal Irish Studies Colloquium, Concordia University: Language and Crosses: Circling Crossroads
1999        American Conference on Irish Studies, Roanoke, VA. Panelist: ‘Visual Dialogue in Famine Commemorations’
                Montréal Regional Public Health Department - slide lecture: “Mapping the Body in Language and Landscape”
                Concordia University, Montréal (Simone de Beauvoir Institute) - lecture: ‘Na Seacht Scrínte: The Seven Shrines’
1998        LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY. Irish-American Cultural Institute Lecture Series. “Famine Commemorations”
1996        7th International Symposium of Electronic Arts, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1995        United Nations 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing, China - Panelist: “Women, Cameras, and Computers” Global Focus: Women in Art and Culture
1993        Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta – 10-week artists residency: International Issues in Contemporary Ceramics
2006        O’Brien, K. “Contemporary Caoineadh: Talking Straight Through the Dead” Canadian Journal of Irish Studies
2006        O’Brien, K.  “The Subtle Body Revisited” introduction to exhibition catalogue, Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa, ON)
2005        O’Brien, K.  “Language of Images: Commemorative Monuments of the Irish Famine” Interfaces
2003        O’Brien, K. “Circling Language at the Crossroads of Famine and Nationalism,” Eire/Ireland
2002        O’Brien, K. “Re-Framing the Irish Diaspora in contemporary Québec” chapter in Ireland’s Great Hunger: An Interdisciplinary          Assessment, ed. Christine Kineally. Lantham, MD: University Press of
America                                                                                                                                                                                                                O’Brien, K. and S. Gauthier “Montréal Irish: Re-imaging the Traces” Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 26:1
1999        O’Brien, K. ‘GAOL/GAOL: Reviewing Silence in Kilmainham Gaol,’ Éire-Ireland, Spring
1998        O’Brien, K., ‘Catharine Flaherty (1831-1896): b. Ireland,’ Viewpoints: Sculpture and Commemoration,                                                                         Dublin: Sculptors' Society of Ireland, January
                O’Brien, K., ‘Na Seacht Scrínte (The Seven Shrines),’ Canadian Woman Studies, Summer issue (Women of Ireland)