Kathleen O’Connell was born and raised in Plattsburgh, New York. Her education includes studies in printmaking, book arts, sculpture and drawing. She holds a BFA degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After completing her studies, she traveled (Italy, Chile) and held a series of art-related jobs and adjunct teaching positions in book arts and printmaking (New York, Vermont, Wisconsin, Oregon). In 2009, Kathleen moved to Lima, Peru, began a printmaking residency at the Taller 72 printshop, and later established the Libros Artísticos book arts studio and workshop space. In 2012, Kathleen accepted an academic position and relocated to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she is an Assistant Professor of Book Arts and Letterpress at Middle Tennessee State University, Vice President for Programs and Member of the Board of Directors of the College Book Art Association. She continues to make artwork, teach and travel.

Sobre La Artista

Kathleen O'Connell obtuvo una licenciatura en Bellas Artes (BFA) de SUNY Plattsburgh y una maestría en Bellas Artes (MFA) de la University of Wisconsin-Madison. Después de terminar sus estudios, viajó y tuvo una serie de trabajos relacionados con el arte y puestos de enseñanza, incluyendo trabajando un año en Silver Buckle Press, enseñar un taller de libro arte y papel hecho a mano en Penland School of Crafts, y varios años de vida/trabajo/enseñanza en Lima, Perú. En 2012, aceptó una posición académica en Middle Tennessee State University. Kathleen es profesora de libro arte e impresión tipográfica, parte de la junta directiva de la College Book Art Association (Vicepresidente de Programación) y artista practicante.

Education and Degrees

2006        Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Graphics: Printmaking and Book Arts
University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

2002        Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), magna cum laude, Studio Art: Concentrations in Printmaking, Sculpture, Drawing
Plattsburgh State University of New York (SUNY), Plattsburgh, New York, USA

2001        Study Abroad Program: Printmaking, Drawing, Italian
Scuola Lorenzo d'Medici, Firenze, Italia


Solo Exhibitions

2013        Kathleen O’Connell: New and Recent Works, Gadsden, Alabama, USA
Meadows Gallery, Gadsden State Community College

2012        Crossing Time and Space, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA
James E. Walker Library, Special Collections

2010        Observations from the New World, Rockford, Illinois, USA
Rockford College Art Gallery

2009        Travel Without Record, Portland, Oregon, USA
Raw Oyster Project, Everett Station Lofts

2006        Toward New Invisible Cities, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Porter Butts Gallery, Union Galleries of the University of Wisconsin–Madison

2005        Invisible Cities, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Seven Thirty Four Gallery, University of Wisconsin–Madison

2004        Hats on Hats Off, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Seven Thirty Four Gallery, University of Wisconsin–Madison



Kohler Art Library of the University of Wisconsin–Madison
Middle Tennessee State University Walker Library Special Collections
The Oregon College of Art and Craft
Southern Graphics Council International Collection, Zuckerman Museum, Kennesaw State
Taller 72
Target Corporation
The University of Denver, Special Collections
The University of Hawaii–Hilo
The University of Wisconsin–Madison Research Park
Vanderbilt University Library
Numerous Private Collections


A brief CV can be found here.