Kathleen Vance is an environmental artist that creates projects that connect people to local aspects of nature that are overlooked or under appreciated. In my work I distinguish forms that are indicative of growth and explore the variance between experiences of an authentic natural encounter vs. an inauthentic encounter. I look for the ways in which nature can be brought back into the course of one’s daily life.  I am intrigued by areas where manicured nature is being reclaimed by the wild.  With my installations I engage viewers with the experience of a space being overtaken by natural elements. I bring discarded particles from forestry floor together to be revivified in my constructions.




2006 - MFA from Hunter College

1999 - BFA from Pratt Institute



2019 - “Nature in Art: Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow: MOCAK, Kraków, Poland

2019 - “Anthropene Island”, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, New York , NY

2019 - Site Specific Installation: “Fauna of Mirrors” curated by Etty Yaniv, Long Island University Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

2019 - “Baggage Claims” Weisman Art Museum Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN

2018 - Site Specific Installation: “Natural Wonders” Brandywine River Museum, curated by Suzanne Ramljak, Chadds Ford, PA

2018 - “Baggage Claims” Richard E. Peeler Art Center, Greencastle, IN

2018 - “Among Friends” 55 Washington, DUMBO, Brooklyn

2018 - “A Journey in Place” curated by Katherine Murdock, Trestle Projects, Brooklyn, NY

2018 - Baggage Claims” Weatherspoon Art Museum, Spring Garden and Tate Streets, Greensboro, NC

2018 - “Strasburg Biennal: The River Between Us” Shenandoah Museum of Contemporary Art: SHEN MoCA, Strasburg, VA

2018 - “underSTOOD” curated by Priscilla Fusco and Ben Peterson ROCKELMANN & PARTNER, Berlin, Germany

2017 - Solo Presentation: “VOLTA New York” presented by Rockelmann &, Pier 90, New York, NY

2017 - “Baggage Claims” Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando FL

2017 - Expo Chicago presented by Rockelmann &, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL.

2017 - “The Innocence of Trees” The Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ

2017 - “River Woman” Odetta Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2017 - “The Expanding Matrix” Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY College at Old Westbury, Old Westbury, NY

2016 - “Lands of Enchantment” Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT

2016 - “Bringing Brooklyn to Norfolk” Gallery 21, Norfolk, VA

2016 - “Mini Matisse” Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn NY

2016 - “Making History Bushwick” David & Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

2015 - Flirting with Disaster, Royal Society of American Art, Brooklyn, NY

2015 - Paperazzi IV, Janet Kurnatowski galley, Brooklyn, NY

2014 - Reconnecting with Nature, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT

2014 - My Sister’s Doll, Artists Respond to a Christmas Saga” Figureworks, Brooklyn, NY

2014 - Art for Trees, The High Line, New York, NY

2014 - Art for Trees, Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY

2014 - Another Green World, NYU Gallatin Gallery, New York, NY

2014 - Summer Love, Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn NY

2014 - Whitney Houston Biennial, Brooklyn, NY

2014 - Paperazzi III, Janet Kurnatowski galley, Brooklyn, NY

2013 - Abandon Isolation, ROCKELMANN &, Berlin, Germany

2013 - Infinite Gardens, Delicious Spectacle, Washington DC

2013 - Tracing Landscapes, Nuartlink, Westport, CT

2013 - Traveling Landscapes, Rahway Arts Center, Rahway, NJ

2013 - Sublime Landscape, Collective Craft, Fireman’s Memorial Garden, New York, NY

2013 - Group Therapy: Aesthetics and Politics, NY

2013 - Flow Follow Flow, Rupert Ravens Nexxt. Paterson, NJ

2013 - Looking Back, Art 101, NY

2013 - Paperazzi 2, Janet Kurnatowski galley, Brooklyn, NY


2012 - From the Woods, solo exhibition, Open Source Gallery, NY

2012 - Introduction, ROCKELMANN &, Berlin, Germany


2011 - Outgrowth of Nature, solo exhibition, Art 101, NY

2011 - Creating Realities, galerie OPEN, Berlin, Germany

2011 - Art From Berlin, art Karlsruhe, Rheinstetten, Germany

2011 - Associated, Open Source Gallery, NY

2011 - Fuseworks Goes to College, Central Connecticut State University, new Britain, CT

2010 - Out of the Woods, solo exhibition, galerie OPEN, Berlin, Germany

2010 - Good Natured, RSProjects, Berlin, Germany

2010 - What Art Can Do, Art 101, NY    

2010 - Landmarks West Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2009 - Traveling Landscapes, solo exhibition galerie, OPEN, Berlin, Germany

2009 - Urban Nature,  East West Project, Berlin, Germany

2009 - Paper in the Wind, Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, NY

2009 - Unnatural Acts and Other Illicit Thoughts About Nature, Broadway gallery, NY

2008 - Panorama Project 3, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, NY

2008 - Forming Lines: Translations Between Drawing and Sculpture”, Like the Spice Gallery, NY

2008 - In-Site, Governor’s Island, NY (Public Sculpture Installation)

2008 - Trellis, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ

2008 - Revivified, Headbones gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2008 - Paper in the Wind, Article Projects, Brooklyn, NY

2007 - The Worst Is / Not to Die in Summer, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany

2007 - En Plein Air- Reloaded, Black and White gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2007 - Broadthinking, Silent Space Gallery, Kingston, NY

2007 - Highly Recommended, Headbones gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2007 - Drawn and Quartered, Like the Spice gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2006 - Matter of Time, Betty Cuningham gallery, New York, NY

2006 - Archival to Contemporary-Six Decades of the Sculptors Guild, Hillwood Art Museum, Brookville, NY (Public Sculpture Installation)

2006 - Little Women, Dam, Stuhltrager gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2006 - Newark Between Us, The National Newark Building, Newark, NJ

2005 - Facing Newark, Newark Arts Council, Newark, NJ

2005 - Unfamiliar Destinations, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

2004 - Element, Front Room gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2004 - Singular Obsessions, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY


Grants and Honors

- Selected Artist for TD Forests, New York Restoration Project: “Art for Trees”

- Board Member ARTfront, Inc.

- Member of tART Collective

- Member of the Sculptors Guild

- Visiting artist in Berlin, in connection with the Grunewald Parks Department and galerie OPEN

- RSProject’s Artist in Residence, Berlin, Germany

- Aljira, Center for Contemporary Art, ‘Emerge 7’ awardee

- Haskel Travel grant recipient

- Brooklyn Art Council grant recipient

- Puffin Foundation grant recipient