Kathy Halper

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”  – William Shakespeare

Folk art with its voice rooted in simplicity and honesty feels like the little candle I need in my life right now. My new series of landscape paintings takes inspiration from folk art, fauvism, expressionism, and pop to create a new contemporary folk art. I approach the concept of landscape very broadly, where the land can be built up and lived on becoming part of our natural community. Where nature and humanity co-exist.

This work makes me very happy. I hope you feel the same.

Email: kathy@halper.com
Instagram: @kathyhalperpainter
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“What a Day It’s Been” – 1100 Florence Gallery – Evanston, IL
“Epic Party” – George Billis Gallery LA
“TMI (Too Much Information)” – Packer Schopf Gallery
“POS (Parent Over Shoulder)”- Craftland Gallery, Providence, RI
“Friend Me” – Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago
“This is Our Youth” – University of Illinois, Chicago
“Shall We Gather: Narratives of Community” – University of Illinois, Chicago
Union League Club of Chicago
“Hand in Hand: Portraits of the Unsung” – SXU, Saint Xavier University, Chicago
“We All Loved Each Other So Much” – Gallery Mornea, Evanston
“Layers” – ARC Gallery


“3 Embroidery Artists” – Aron Packer Projects – Evanston, IL
“Boundary Lines: Crafting Personal Space” – Florida CraftArt – St. Petersburg, FL
“Language Art” – Cornell Museum – Delray Beach, Fl
“Pro-Text:When Words Enter Visual Art” – Illinois State Museum – Chicago
CONTEXT/Art Miami – Packer Schopf Gallery – As part of Art Basel Miami
“Be Good For Goodness Sake” – Muriel Guépin Gallery – New York City
SOFA Chicago 2013 – Lindsay Gallery – Columbus, Ohio
“17th Annual No Dead Artists” – Jonathan Ferrara Gallery – New Orleans, LA
“On Watching and Being Seen” – Northern Illinois University Art Museum – Dekalb, IL
“Colorful Antics” – George Billis Gallery – Los Angeles
“Public/Private” – Woman Made Gallery – Chicago
SOFA Chicago 2012 – Packer Schopf Gallery – Chicago
“Role/Play” – Kendall College of Art & Design – Grand Rapids, MI (as part of ArtPrize 2012)
“Home is Where the Needle Marks” – poptART Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Inside/Outside the Box” – FiberPhiladelphia 2012, Philadelphia, PN
“National Art Premiere 2012” – Elmhurst Arts Guild, Elmhurst, IL
“Materials Hard & Soft” – Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX
Work by 3 Embroidery Artists – Packer Schopf Gallery in Three Oaks , Michigan
“Play” – Textile Arts Center – Brooklyn, New York
“From the Center: Now!” – Women’s Caucus for Art – Curated by Lucy Lippard
“Positive/Negative 24″ – Slocumb Galleries- East Tennessee State University


“The Bark-a-Lounge”- MetamorFridges Exhibit- ComEd-Chicago
The Peace Tower – Chicago Cultural Center
Recycle the Raindrops – Chicago
“Sketchbook 6″ – Collaboraction Theatre – Chopin Theatre
“Out of the Blue” – Mural project @ O’Hare Airport


Third Place – “National Art Premiere 2012”, Elmhurst Arts Guild, Elmhurst, IL
Best of Show – “Positive/Negative 24″ – Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee University
Best in Show – “New Works by New Artists” – The Art Center, Highland Park
1st Place-Member’s Show – The Art Center, Highland Park
Bruce Livingstone, CEO Saatchi Online, CA
Judith Weisman, Curator – “Inside/Outside the Box”, FiberPhiladelphia. Philadelphia,PN
The Ritz Carlton Highlands – Lake Tahoe
Kraft Corporation
Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington
Northern Illinois Medical Center, McHenry

The Art of Making Art | 3D Views of Evanston Life, Evanston RoundTable, February 20th, 2022
Kathy Halper: Epic Party at George Billis Gallery – art ltd. magazine – January 2015
Review: No Dead Artists – NOLA Defender – September 2013
Review: No Dead Artists – Best of New Orleans – September 2013
“LMFAO @ ur TMI fail, btw! The art of Kathy Halper” – Sarah Nardi, The Reader – 2013
Embroidery Magazine – UK – May/June 2013
“Kathy Halper/Artist in Residence Series” – video by Joe Gallo Films – 2013
Mother-Musing – February 11, 2013
Huffington Post Arts Page – March 7, 2012
Surface Design Journal – Summer 2012
Artvoices Magazine- Los Angeles – January/February 2012
Highland Park News/Sun-Times Local – August 2012
Daily Candy Chicago – November 10. 2011
Athens Voice – issue 365 – July 2011
Mr. X Stitch –  The Cutting (& Stitching Edge) – June 2 2011

Studio Visit Magazine 2010, 2008
Cover art – East on Central – June 2009
TV Interview – “Artist to Artist” – January 2009
“Three for the Show”- Chicago Sun-Times – April 2008
Dateline – News Magazine of the Union League Club of Chicago – February 2008
“Drawing Blood in Bridgeport” – Chicago Sun-Times – Oct. 2007
www.herestobeer.com – Video interview – February 2007
Medill Reports – April 2007
Daily Candy- April 2007
Pioneer Press Papers – September 2008, April 2007
The Xavierite – January 2007
Daily Northwestern – April 2006
F News Magazine – October 2005

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