Originally from Memphis, TN, Katherine Mitchell has a BFA (1968) from the Atlanta College of Art, and did post-graduate work at Tyler School of Art (Temple University) in Rome, Italy. She holds an MFA (1977) from GSU.
She was a 2010/2011 MOCA GA Working Artist Project awardee, and 2007 Atlanta City Gallery East Master Series artist. Her first solo museum exhibition was in Krems, Austria, 2006, preceded by a 2005 solo exhibition at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Her work has been collected by numerous museums, including the High Museum of Art, MOCA GA, Emory University's Carlos Museum, the Speed Museum in Louisville, the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, and Agnes Scott University. She has exhibited at the National Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters, New York, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., the High and MOCA GA. Until retiring in 2009 she taught drawing and painting at Emory University. Her work was featured in "Georgia Masterpieces: Selected Works from Georgia Museums," published by the Georgia Council for the Arts.
Recently her interest has shifted from the built world of architectural form to the natural worlds. Over the the years she has moved back and forth between these interests. Mitchell's Quercus Alba Series began when a favorite tree, a White Oak, had become diseased, and she began a series of works focused on the tree. As always she is drawn to geometry, to the layering of systems and patterns, as well as more recently imbedding texts within these works. These works specifically serve as talismans for her and the tree, and by extension, this tree represents all trees and symbolizes the endangered natural world.