Kathleen has been preoccupied for a number of years with making multi-part sculptures that hang suspended in space poised in equilibrium to complete a dynamic such as spinning, exploding, flying, falling, or germinating. Her sculptures are fabricated form ordinary materials (such as wire, de-constructed artificial flowers, printed paper, fabric, sheet metal, and plaster) into colorful hybrid forms that combine abstract and recognizable elements and imagery.
Exploding bouquets of flower petals seduce the viewer with brilliant color and playful gestures but have undercurrents of danger and destruction. She intends the work to be beautiful, buoyant, questioning, and hopeful.
Kathleen was born in Proctor, Vermont. She received a BA in Studio Art form the University of Vermont and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently lives in Winooski, Vermont and New York City, makes her work in both places, and is a Professor of Sculpture at the University of Vermont.
Past solo and group exhibitions include: A.I.R. Gallery, New York; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton NJ; DeCordova Museum, Lincoln MA; Fleming Musuem, University of VT; Provincetown Museum and Art Center, Provincetown MA; Tolbooth Art Center, Kirkcudbright, Scotland, 2B Gallery, Budapest Hungary; American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; Collaborative site specific sculpture in the Vermont landscape and the Burlington Waterfront. Kathleen Schneider has received fellowships from Vermont Arts Council and participated in several residences at Yaddo, Saratoga, NY.