Kathy Caraccio: Quilt Series

Kathy Caraccio: Quilt Series

Kathleen Caraccio was born in the Bronx, New York in 1947. As a child, she was fluent in an “old world language” of needlework and manual dexterity, and remembers her parents’ support for her artistic inclinations as a kind of indulgence. In the 1960s, Caraccio’s artistic focus shifted to printmaking and works on paper, but she never lost her affinity for textiles.

Caraccio has worked as a master printer in New York City for the last 42 years. A sampling of her Quilt Series, made from 1972 through the early ’90s, depicts her explorations into color, pattern, symmetry, paper, and ink. These kaleidoscopic compositions gesture to Minimalism and Pop Art, and to the American textile and folk art traditions that predated or ran parallel to them. Such was the milieu of an artist who came of age in the late twentieth century—a period we are increasingly being asked to consider as “history.”

Artist Biography

Artist Biography
Artist Biography

Artist and master printer Kathy Caraccio trained in color etching, Japanese water-based woodblock printing, and paper-making in New York and Japan, and apprenticed for four years at Bob Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop. She has taught at NYU, Columbia University, Parsons/The New School, and Pratt Institute, among others, and is represented in collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. Caraccio has editioned for artists including Romare Bearden, Sol LeWitt, and Louise Nevelson.

Gallery Talk

Gallery Talk
Gallery Talk

Artist Kathy Caraccio will give a gallery talk on June 21 at 11 a.m. in her exhibition, on display in the Pumphrey Family Gallery at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. Gallery talks are complimentary with admission and held during the museum's regularly scheduled docent-guided tours.

Workshop at Constellation Studios

Workshop at Constellation Studios
Workshop at Constellation Studios

Join Kathy Caraccio June 21 and 22 at Constellation Studios, 2055 O St., for a workshop that celebrates her exhibition. In this exciting workshop students will create monoprints on interesting papers for colorful rainbow blends, textures and layers. These printed sources will be cut into shapes to arrange into quilt like designs and patterns that create dynamic visual interactions. These one-of-a-kind collages of paper will be glued and mounted for a finished presentation. Printing hints and tips from Kathy’s vast knowledge will enable collaboration throughout the workshop allowing all to learn and discover. 

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Event Date
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 to Sunday, September 29, 2019