Artist | Kate Huntington

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Kate Huntington grew up in Providence, RI. and began painting and drawing in her very early years.  As a teenager she gained a reputation among her peers as a portraitist and many of her schoolmates have portraits of themselves that they asked her to do. In high school, she met an Italian artist named Antonio Dattorro. Though quite an eccentric, he was an outstanding teacher and he gave Ms. Huntington an understanding of the human form that was unequal to any formal education. Huntington became his protégé for quite a number of years receiving quite an education in the process.

She received a scholarship to RISD in 1974 and has worked as a representational painter based in the Providence, RI metropolitan area continuously since 1976. Her work is now shown in and about New England in galleries and museums and featured in several distinguished books. In 2007, about a dozen of Kate’s paintings were featured in various scenes on the award winning Showtime TV drama “Brotherhood”. Her work can also be spotted in various films including “The Maiden Heist”, “The Lightkeepers”, and Richard Gere’s “Hachi, a Dog’s Tale”. Her paintings and drawings are found in numerous national and international private and corporate collections. She is a member of The Copley Society in Boston.

Ms. Huntington works out of her Providence, RI studio. Though she works on a variety of subjects, her real passion lies in the human figure. In 1992, after seeing a need for affordable open life drawing sessions in RI, she opened up her studio to members of the local artist community for the study of the portrait and figurative work. To this day, hundreds of people have partaken in these highly popular classes. Many regulars go back to the early days.

Ms. Huntington is an artist’s artist. Many seek her judgment and advice. She pursues a poetic vision with the stubbornness of Cezanne and has never hesitated to sacrifice whatever she needed to in the service of her work. The result is a quality of  visual poetry and truth and a communication that is refreshing, comforting, and moving.

EDUCATION:

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI    1974-1976

Private Instruction, Antonio Dattorro

Private Instruction, Eugene Tonoff

 

EXHIBITION HISTORY:

  Solo and Select Shows:

Summertime. 4 Painters. Louisa Gould Gallery. Vineyard Haven, MA. 2014, 2015

Coyne, Huntington, Millikin. URI Graduate School of Oceanography.

Narragansett, RI 2014

Summershow. Van Vessem Gallery. Tiverton, RI 2013

Transcendence. Louisa Gould Gallery. Vineyard Haven, MA 2013

FAWC Fellows. Copley Society. Boston, MA 2013

City and Sand. Kate Huntington-Mark Freedman. Dryden Gallery.

Providence, RI 2013

Vineyard Reflections. Louisa Gould Gallery, Vineyard Haven, MA 2011

Public Access, Huntington and Park. Charlestown Gallery, RI 2010

Smith, Blalock, Huntington. Louisa Gould Gallery, Vineyard Haven, MA 2008

Conner, Gould, Huntington. Louisa Gould Gallery, Vineyard Haven, MA 2007

Spring Opening (2-person). The Charlestown Gallery. Charlestown, RI 2007

Four Artists. Leadership RI Gallery. Providence, RI 2007

Invitational Figurative Work. Pawtucket Arts Collaborative. Pawtucket, RI 2007

Four Painters. Boulevard Gallery. Newport, RI 2005

BankRI Gallery, Turks Head Building, Providence, RI          2004

BankRI Gallery, Wayland Square, Providence, RI 2004

Land and Sea. J.H. Rowbottom Fine Art, Cumberland, RI 2004

Rhode Island Landscapes. J.H.Rowbottom Fine Art, Cumberland, RI 1999

Providence Planning and Development, Providence, RI 1994

Dattorro-Weiss Gallery, Providence, RI 1986

Group Shows:

Made in Rhode Island. Charlestown Gallery. Charlestown, RI 2014

Summer Celebration. Louisa Gould Gallery. Vineyard Haven, MA 2012

Summer Group show. 25 Artists. Charlestown Gallery. Charlestown, RI 2012-2013

Imago Gallery. Spring Invitational. Warren, RI 2012

7-Year Anniversary Show. Louisa Gould Gallery, Vineyard Haven, MA 2011

Artists for Save the Bay. Center for Save the Bay. Providence, RI 2011

ALRI 10th Anniversary Exhibition. RISD Museum. Providence, RI 2010

Obamart. Louisa Gould Gallery. Vineyard Haven, MA 2009

Summer Group Show. Charlestown Gallery. Charlestown, RI 2008- 2012

Memorial Day Group Show. Louisa Gould Gallery. Vineyard Haven, MA 2009

Patron’s Choice (invitational). Copley Society. Boston, MA 2008, 2009

  Park as Muse. Providence City Hall. Providence, RI 2008

New Members Show, Copley Society. Boston, Ma 2008

Scenes of Rhode Island. Spring Bull Gallery. Newport, RI 2007

The RI Foundation. Providence, RI 2006

ALRI at The Newport Art Museum. Newport, RI 2006

Pieces of South County. The Charlestown Gallery, Charlestown, RI 2006

American Identity. The Bert Gallery, Providence, RI 2006

Sofa Art. The Bert Gallery, Providence, RI 2006

New England Sunlight. The Crane Collection, Manchester by the Sea, MA 2006

Summer Haunts. The Bert Gallery, Providence, RI   2005

Color Matters. The Bert Gallery, Providence, RI 2005

Impressions of Life. ALRI, Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA 2005

Celebrate Art. Art League of Rhode Island, A & C Fine Art, E. Greenwich, RI 2004

Annual Members Show, Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA    2003-2004

Invitational Group Show, IMAGO, Warren, RI 2003

The Land Is Rich. Bert Gallery, Providence, RI 2003

Third Annual Members Exhibition, Art League of RI, URI, Kingston, RI   2003

Invitational Drawing Show, J.H.Rowbottom Fine Art, Cumberland, RI 2002

Art League of Rhode Island, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI 2002

Recent Paintings, J.H.Rowbottom Fine Art, Cumberland, RI 2001

Bricks and Mortar: Architectural Memories, Bert Gallery, Providence, RI 2001

From Still Life to Landscape: Artists Choice, Bert Gallery, Providence, RI 2001

The Art / The Artists, ALRI, Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI 2001

The Old Colony Now, Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA 2000

Regional Paintings, J.H. Rowbottom Fine Art, Cumberland, RI 2000   

Images of Cumberland, J.H.Rowbottom Fine Art, Cumberland, RI 1999

Summer Faculty Show, RISD, Woods-Gerry Mansion,Prov, RI                       1999

Fidelity Celebrates RI Arts and Artists, Providence Art Club – Turks Head

   Building, Providence, RI 1998

New England Impressions, Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA 1998

    Six-Space, Community College of Rhode Island, Lincoln, RI 1998

Focus on the Figure, Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, RI 1998

Sakonnet Painters Invitational Show, Tiverton, RI 1997

En Plein Air, Mystic Maritime Gallery, Mystic, CT 1997

Providence Bookstore Cafe, Providence, RI 1996

Sarah Doyle Gallery, Providence, RI 1995

“One for Skippy”, Providence Public Library, Prov. RI 1995

Three Painters, PO Gallery, Providence, RI 1991

RI / Sergipe Visual Arts Exchange, Part 2, Prov. Art Club, Providence, RI   1990

RI / Sergipe Visual Arts Exchange, Part 1, Sergipe, Brazil 1989

Dattorro Studio Gallery, Providence, RI (4-person show) 1980

Providence City Hall, Providence, RI (2-person show) 1979

AWARDS:

Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center residency 2012

Copley Artist status. Copley Society, Boston, MA 2011

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Juror, Open Portrait Exhibition, Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, RI 2000

Juror, Rhode Island Scholastic Awards, Providence, RI          2000-01

Director, RISD Alumni Sketch Classes, Providence, RI              1999-present

Founder / Director, Kate’s Studios, Open portrait and life drawing

classes, Rumford-Prov, RI 1992-present

Juror, Winter’s Eve. Open art exhibition. East Greenwich Library 2015

Instructor. Providence. Art Club 2015-present

 

ART CONSULTANT & GALLERY AFFILIATION:

Jacqueline Becker Fine Art, Newton, MA 1997-present

J.H. Rowbottom Fine Art, Cumberland, RI 1999-2006

Mixed Media, Block Island, RI 1998-1999

Bert Gallery, Providence, RI 2000-present

Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA 2001-2007

The Crane Collection, Manchester by the Sea, MA 2004-present

The Boulevard Gallery, Newport, RI 2005

The Charlestown Gallery, Charlestown, RI 2006-present

The Louisa Gould Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA 2007-present

The Copley Society, Boston, MA 2007-present

Exchangecourt, Braintree, MA 2007-2013

Dryden Gallery. Providence, RI 2013-present

Van Vessem Gallery. Tiverton, RI 2013-present

Gallery 9. Norwood, MA 2014

The Mint Gallery 2016

MEMBERSHIPS:

The Copley Society. Boston, MA. 2007-present

Art League of Rhode Island 2000-2012

PUBLICATION and MEDIA REPRESENTATION:

“Body of Proof” pilot. ABC TV 2011

“The Light Keepers” New Films Cinema 2010

“Hachi, A Dog’s Tale” Inferno Distribution 2009

“The Maiden Heist” Yari Film Group 2009

“Brotherhood”. Season 2. Showtime 2007

Scenes of Rhode Island, 2007 State calendar 2007

American Art Collector, Volume 1, Book 3. Alcove Books, 2005

AIDS Care Ocean State. Artist Calendar. 2005

New England Coast: A Photographic Tour, (Carol Highsmith and

Ted Landphair, Authors), Random House, 1999

 

Juried Shows:

Structures and Remnants. Cape Cod Museum of Art. Dennis, MA 2015

Providence Art Club Nationwide All Media Open Juried. Providence, RI 2014

Winter Visions. Copley Society. Boston, MA 2014

Distant Shores. Copley Society. Boston, MA 2012

Spring Bull Gallery 1st Annual Juried Exhibition, Newport, RI 2011

White Lights. Copley Society. Boston, MA 2011

Open Painting, Providence Art Club 2010

Quench, Copley Society. Boston, Ma 2008

Emerald. Copley Society, Boston, MA 2007

Open Painting. Providence Art Club, Prov. RI 2006

Scenes of Rhode Island. The Atrium Gallery, Providence, RI 2006

“10 Members 10 Visions 10 Years” Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA 2004

Open Painting, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI             1999,2001-04

Fidelity Investments, “A Celebration of RI Arts and Artists”, 1998

Portrait / Figure, Providence Art Club, (Honorable Mention) Providence, RI 1998

International Maritime Art Exhibition, Mystic Maritime Gallery,

Mystic, CT                        1997-98

Interiors, Providence Art Club, (Honorable Mention) Providence, RI 1997

Figures, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI 1997

Black and White, Providence Art Club, Prov, RI 1996

Open Painting Show, Providence Art Club, Prov, RI                1996,95,90

The Artist Magazine 1992 Art Competition, (Portrait Finalist) 1992

Rhode Island Artist 1, RISD Museum, Providence, RI 1981