Biography

Katherine M. Webb is a mixed media artist currently devoted to work in fibers, specifically embroidery, handmade paper and surface design. Kathie grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She exhibits her artwork across the country and was recently invited into the 2012 8th International Fiber Biennial at Snyderman-Works Gallery in Philadelphia. Kathie’s work was also accepted into the 2010 Fiber Arts International Tour where she was awarded the Joanne Purrington Folley Memorial Award For Excellence In Needlework by jurors Mary Ruth Smith, Vibeke Riiseberg and Rebecca Stevens. In 2007 Kathie was inducted into the National Museum of Women in the Arts after being invited to exhibit her work along side fiber artist Christine LoFaso for the Illinois State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts at the Gage Gallery of Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL.

Images of Kathie’s work have been published in FiberArts Magazine and Embroidery Magazine. Locally you may have seen her work at the Rockford Art Museum in both the 2010 and 2012 “Rockford Midwestern Biennial”.

Kathie received her MFA in Art from Northern Illinois University in 2009. A graduate of Michigan State University (B.A. Theatre, 1982), Katherine formerly worked as a costume designer for over 160 plays and musicals from 1985 – 2008. She has worked theatrically for Rock Valley College, New American Theatre and a handful of regional and off-Broadway productions.

Her experience as a mother to a child with multiple disabilities (Kaitlin, age 22) is a rich source for much of her work. Kathie has two other children (Josh, 31 and Marissa, 29). She currently resides with her daughters in Rockford, Illinois