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Kate Vinson Exhibiting at Susan Hensel Gallery

April 25, 2021

Work by Kate Vinson, Visual Arts Instructor, is currently on display at the Susan Hensel Gallery in Minneapolis. The exhibition will run through June 20th, 2021.

In her artist statement, Vinson says, “This work represents my continued love of the tactile. Art making for me is often a full body kinetic experience. I enjoy the physicality of materials, the whole body engagement of creating hand made paper, and the deliberate, mindful journey of the artistic process.

This current body of work began as hand pulled sheets of paper made from a variety of fiber pulps and experimentation with inclusions and laminated sheet forming. This resulted in hundreds of pieces of paper waiting for the next timely transformation. Color was applied through marbling, knowing this technique would react to the dimensionality of the paper while preserving its overall inherent qualities. Stitching and collage was a creative way to maintain an artistic practice while navigating the exhausting work as an educator during an pandemic that has turned everything on its head.

The pandemic, its impact, its interaction, and ripple effect have forcibly demonstrated new ways of navigating. This body of work represents my navigations through this present time.”

Kate Vinson

Kate Vinson began teaching at Perpich in 2018. Kate hails from Michigan where she began a career in Outdoor Recreation, specifically Adventure Education, where she taught students of all ages in experiences from Ropes Courses, Sea Kayaking, Elderhostel, and Outdoor Education. She came to Minnesota for M.S. in Experiential Education and received her Art Education License at the same time. She has taught in a variety of Art Education settings such as: Museum Education, Adult Education, Arts in Adult Day Care Programs, and K-12 Schools. Vinson is a practicing artist with a focus on sculpture using fibers/organic materials to create contemporary forms. She has received a Jerome Foundation Project Grant through the Textile Center of Minnesota and participated in several mentor/protégé experiences with local arts organizations as ongoing artistic development.



The Susan Hensel Gallery is currently a window gallery on Cedar Avenue, a main thoroughfare in south Minneapolis. It is the belief of Susan Hensel that humans are a “story making species” who will always seek, find, or provide a story for any experience. It has always been the intent of Susan Hensel Gallery to provide experiences to stretch and test the story making impulse.