Communities Kate Carr, `99
Approaching sculpture with a critical mindset
"I can't think of a better education for art than Marlboro," says Kate, who did a Plan of Concentration in art and poetry. "Being an artist means paying attention to the world, and being an artist at Marlboro, getting this interdisciplinary approach, did that for me in a way that art school couldn't have." She added, "Marlboro also gave me the confidence to approach my education independently and to trust my instincts about what was important or interesting to me."
After graduating from Marlboro, Kate worked in a museum internship in New Mexico and learned to make her own paper at a workshop in Maine. She then enrolled at the University of Iowa for graduate school, earning both an M.A. and an M.F.A. in sculpture in 2005. Now teaching, Kate says that after Marlboro, it's strange to teach at a large institution. "Students are a little taken aback when I have a private meeting with them," she says. "But I'm so used to having one-on-one contact with professors that I try to bring that here."
In 2003 Kate won the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture award from the International Sculpture Center. She has been an artist-in-residence at The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, and at the Harwood Museum in Taos, New Mexico. Kate has shown work at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as well as Box Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pictures of her work have been featured in Sculpture. In the fall of 2006, Kate went back to her alma mater to teach scultpture as an adjunct professor.