Kate Gilbert Studio cultivates the critical role the arts and artists play in transforming our cities, our relationships, and ourselves. These investigations manifest in artwork, a curatorial practice and dedication to expanding the field of public art.
As an artist and cultural worker, Gilbert strives to facilitate joy and spontaneity and to drive public appreciation of contemporary art practices. Gilbert, the product of generations of creatives who didn't dare call themselves artists, cites her over-active childhood imagination and early exposure to large-scale sculpture as critical factors in her creative investigations. As a natural collaborator and problem solver she offers curatorial services for public settings while also serving as the executive director of the Boston public art non-profit Now and There where she has developed a Public Art Accelerator.
Gilbert is a graduate of Connecticut College and earned her MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is currently an adjunct assistant professor of art at Connecticut College teaching Shelter and Comfort, an interdisciplinary sculpture course. Her artwork is in the Fidelity Corporate Art Collection as well as many Boston households thanks to her participatory workshops. Gilbert lives and works in Boston, MA with her husband and their snaggle-toothed Italian Greyhound.
In sculpture, video and installation, I focus on the nature of consumption and the exploration of distinct alternatives.
My work explores the relational hierarchies of objects and people. It employs humor, simulation, and meditative observation to question objects of comfort, the retail systems they operate in, our consumptive behaviors and our collective fears. It then suggests alternatives.
The sculptures and installations, often simulations of interiors, shelters, clothing, and objects of desire, are created with inexpensive or impermanent materials such as building insulation, fabric and found asphalt. They provoke one to explore failed utopias, the relationship of designers to their clients, and ultimately leaders to our communities. They prompt questions about who sets our trends in shelter and fashion and whom these tastemakers are really serving.
In all of my artworks, curatorial projects and teaching, I strive to facilitate independent thinking, provide platforms for meditative reflection, and offer authentic alternatives to unhealthy behaviors.
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2016-2019 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Studio Art, Connecticut College, New London, CT (Art 222: Special Topics: Objects of Comfort and Shelter)
current Executive Director, Now and There, Boston, MA
2014-2015 Curator, D Street artLAB at Lawn on D, Boston, MA
2012 Public Art Planning Process Manager, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Boston, MA
2011 Director of Public Programs, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
“Positive Change Through Cultural Entrepreneurship”, Connecticut College, Feb., 2019.
“Building A Public Art City,” Sorensen Center for the Arts, Babson, Wellesley, MA, Oct. 2018.
“A New Wave,” panel, HUBWeek, Boston, MA, Oct. 2017.
"Me(dia) Response Self-Awareness and Activism Through Art-Making," 3-part collective art/activism workshop, MIT List Gallery, Cambridge, MA, Aug-Oct., 2017.
“Art and Entrepreneurship,” panel, Harvard Innovation Lab, Cambridge, MA, 2017.
“Inner Chamber” meditation and media workshop, Babson College, Wellesley, MA, 2016.
Guest Speaker, Urban Public Art: Theory and Practice, Emerson College, 2016.
2015 Alone Together, Artist Studio Building, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
2013 HIDE:SEEK, Carroll and Sons, Boston, MA
2016 Big Igniter, Big Sister Association of Massachusetts
HUBWeek, “HUBWeek Change Maker: Kate Gilbert,” Medium, July 17, 2018.
Leah Triplett Harrington, “More Additive than Subtractive,” Big Red and Shiny, Apr. 26, 2016.
Donna Dodson, “Kate Gilbert, Keeping Up With The Active Activist,” Artscope, Mar/April, 2016. 54.
Mark Favermann, “Finally, Public Art is Booming in Boston,” ArtsFuse, Dec. 21, 2015.
Fidelity Corporate Art Collection