Katie Pell American, 1965-2019
Katie Pell was born in Wilmington, Delaware and lived and worked as an artist and art professor in San Antonio, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2010. Pell passed away in December 2019 surrounded by the art community of San Antonio.
She worked with glass, ceramic, video and recycled materials of all sorts; however, her true love was drawing. “I am inspired by the boardwalk, and congregating teenagers in general; operatic and dramatic music, like early Bruce Springsteen, and Polyphonic Spree, David Bowie... I want to know where genuine living and role-playing intersect. Some of us build our own mythology out of our environment, our desires and our own furious defiance at our genetic mediocrity. I hope my work can ignite or describe the excitement of our pointless and forgettable lives, and reaffirm the value of our gorgeous desperation.” - Katie Pell
She had solo exhibitions at Artpace, San Antonio, TX; Lawndale Center for the Arts, Houston, TX; McKinney Center for the Arts, Dallas, TX; Women & Their Work, Austin, TX and most recently at the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina.
Her work has been included in exhibitions such as Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2006); Drawing in San Antonio:Works by Contemporary Area Artists, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas; and TX13: Spotlight on Texas Artists in the Contemporary Collections, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX.
More Than Words: Text-Based Artworks IISan Antonio March 25 - May 23, 2020Ruiz-Healy Art presents More Than Words: Text-Based Artworks II featuring works by Richard Armendariz, Nate Cassie, Andrés Ferrandis, Cisco Jímenez, Katie Pell, Ethel Shipton, and Gary Sweeney, on view online and by appointment through May 23, 2020.
Katie Pell: Common ThreadsSan Antonio December 7, 2019 - January 18, 2020Ruiz-Healy Art presents Katie Pell: Common Threads in honor of one of San Antonio's most beloved artists and educators.