Kate Dean received her MFA in Studio Art from Vermont Studio Center and Johnson State College in 2015, and lives in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. She grew up in Maine in a house full of art and artists and has worked in textiles and mixed media for over 40 years. She is on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Caucus for Art/ NH; a member of Surface Design Association; and previously served as Executive Director of Arts Alive!, based in Keene, NH. She has served on the boards of the NH Weavers Guild, NH Creative Communities Network, Monadnock Writer’s Group and Poetry Out Loud, was a member of the Artist Circle in Peterborough, NH, and is currently part of the Monadnock Pod of WCA/NH. Her work has been shown at the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Red River Theaters, Jaffrey Civic Center, Women’s Club of Concord, Whipple Hall, 550 Arts, Sharon Arts Center, Kimball Jenkins Estate, New England Weaver’s Seminar, and 30 Main.
Her work is about the body and tactility. Though a viewer will not always touch it to discover what that means, many pieces do invite participation and sensory experience. Some pieces are about the making itself, and others about the result, or about the work that goes before any expression of a specific medium or mode of communication. Art is communication, and invites you to listen and discover something that you have known all your life.