Katherine Rhodes Fields
2012 MA TESL, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
2005 MFA Studio Arts, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
1997 BA Cum Laude, Studio Arts, The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
1996 Environmental Art, the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Scotland, UK
A native of Mississippi, Fields is an artist whose work cross-pollinates traditional printmaking with contemporary processes, such as photography, digital media and installation. Her material and process choices are led by her concept, which is based on seeking empirical communication with the use of historical images and literary devices, such as metaphysical conceits and puns, within the visual realm. These devices act as the cohesive element to her image selections, installation preferences, and material choices within her work.
Beginning her career as a college educator in St. Louis, Missouri, Fields taught at Webster University, Maryville University, St. Charles Community College, East Central College and Lewis and Clark College. In 2008, Fields returned to Mississippi, where she became the Visiting Assistant Professor of Art in Printmaking at Ole Miss.
Fields accepted the position as Professor of Art at Houston Community College, Central Campus in the summer of 2012 and also teaches Advanced Printmaking at The University of Houston, Clear Lake (UHCL) as of Fall semester 2013.
Fields currently lives and works in Houston, Texas. She is affiliated with the UHCL International Art Consortium as a Visiting Artist/Artist Resident, teaching printmaking workshops at University of Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade, Serbia in October 2013 and Universidad de Veracruzana, Facultad de Artes Plasticas, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico in March of 2014.
Her handmade books with prints are featured in two publications, 500 Handmade Books: Inspiring Interpretations of a Timeless Form and The Lark Studio Series: Handmade Books. Fields’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Christchurch, New Zealand, Proyecto A'ace Print Collection, Buenos Aires, Argentina, University of Colorado Special Collection, Boulder, Colorado, Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawerence University, Canton, New York, The William D. Merwin Collection of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, Missouri, St. Louis Community College at Wildwood, Wildwood, Missouri, Amity Art Foundation Print Collection, Woodbridge, Connecticut, Southern Graphics Council Print Archive, and The University of the South Archives, Sewanee, Tennessee. In 2011 and 2012, Fields created broadside prints for the authors Jeffrey Eugenides and Adam Johnson respectively on the occasion of their visits to Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi.