Kathleen Caprario's creative practice includes painting, social practice and collaboration. Her work has evolved from the question, “how am I shaped by my environment?" and seeks to reconnect personal and cultural identity with the land—the intersection between physical place and cultural space. Recent awards include a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, Ford Family Foundation sponsored residencies at Playa, Djerassi and Ucross Artist Resident Programs, the Jane G. Camp Award supporting a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Artists in Sengokuhara Program, Hakone, Japan. Caprario lived and worked with Aboriginal children in Central Australia in 2010, under the auspices of Victoria University's SWIRL Program, with that experience continuing to inform her use of pattern. Kathleen Caprario exhibits her work regionally and nationally and received an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in 1989 and the Museo ItaloAmericano’s Modesto Lanzone Mostra Award in 2001. She is a founding member of Gray Space Project, a group of Oregon artists based in the Corvallis, Eugene and Roseburg areas who came together in 2016 to claim agency and circumvent institutional structures. Caprario teaches studio foundations for Lane Community College’s Art Department, Eugene, OR.
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: I respectfully acknowledge the land that my work was inspired by, enabled by and created on, here in Eugene/Springfield, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people. I also offer gratitude to the original stewards, the Siouan People of the Monacan and Manahoac tribes of the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountain regions of Virginia where I was in residence at the Viginia Center for the Creative Arts, and that for thousands of years the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, Anishinaabe Nation, Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy nurtured me while in residence at the Ucross Foundation, WY.