Kathleen Trestka

Full Bio

Kathleen Trestka is a New York City-based multidisciplinary artist with a studio in Plymouth, MA, whose art bridges East and West, ancient and contemporary in her mixed-media oil paintings, works on paper, and constructions.
She has been a 6-week Solo Artist-In-Residence at The Art Complex Museum, was awarded a VSC Residency Grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center, and has mentored a Smith College Fine Art Intern under a Praxis Grant. She has exhibited at Paula Barr Gallery and Studio 609 in New York, NY, Provincetown Art Museum in Provincetown, MA, Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA, Smith College Museum Symposium in Northampton, MA, Russell Gallery in Plymouth, MA, Taber Art Gallery and Canal Gallery in Holyoke, MA, Grubbs Gallery, Easthampton City Arts and New City Art in Easthampton, MA, Windham Art Gallery in Brattleboro, VT and other galleries, alternative spaces, and international juried exhibitions.
Her art has been featured in the Allston Street Production film “The Death of David” on which she was also as Associate Producer, on the WGGB 6pm & 10 pm news on News Center 40, in “Textured Lives, Anthology of Women Artists and Writers,” and on the covers of Naugatuck River Review and The Current, Journal of Art and Politics. Her art is in collections in the US and Europe.
Trestka graduated from Smith College with a BA, Summa Cum Laude, in Fine Art, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She has continued her studies at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and Ligmincha Internatonal.  As a recurrent Guest Lecturer at Smith College in an advanced writing seminar in which her writing is required reading, she has taught about the creative process and is a published and award-winning poet and writer. He poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals and she is the author of the chapbook Song of Ourselves and the full-length poetry collection Begging Bowl.
She was awarded a VSC Writers Grant for a one-month writers residency at the Vermont Studio Center and has won the Rosemary Thomas Poetry Prize. Trestka was invited to be Poet-In-Residence for the Annual Northampton High School Poetry Slam and to twice co-judge the Annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest for Franklin County, MA. She has given readings of her poetry at Poets House, NYC, Essex Peabody Museum at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, MA, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, Calvin Coolidge Museum in Northampton, MA, and elsewhere.
Kathleen Trestka has been both Art Editor and Associate Poetry Editor for Naugatuck River Review, has designed and written the New York State Art Teacher Certification Exam, and judged numerous fine art competitions. She has been Art Critic for the Brattleboro Reformer, as Board Member on the Helen Bumpus Gallery Board of Directors has written all press releases and art reviews for gallery exhibitions, and has written the grants for individual, gallery, and museum exhibitions.
Trestka has taught at the Art Complex Museum in the ongoing community outreach project “Complex Collaborations” and also teaches privately. She is currently an Art Editor and Facilitator at Pearson Evaluation Systems, and a freelance art and literary editor.

Studio visits are welcome and available by appointment. Please contact Kathleen at ktocean37@gmail.com and visit her website www.kathleentestka.com

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