A Sense of Place

Exhibit by Kathleen Rabel

Kathleen Rabel’s exhibit A Sense of Place takes us on a journey through the stunning body of work she developed as she traveled and keyed into the uniqueness of place.

Jessie Wilber Gallery
March 10 – May 12, 2023

Closing Reception

During the Emerson’s 30th Anniversary event on Friday, May 12th from 5:30-8:00pm.

Artist Statement

“For many Springs, I returned to Penedo, an ancient village in Portugal, to work in my studio at Vivenda Santa Iria. There, I found angles of light, shadows and reflections in which I experienced a separate dimension of observation. Calçada-paved lanes, rough shadowed whitewashed walls, quiet people moving through light connect me to the sense of sanctuary that I seek in this work. The place and the spirit of the people who live there have clarified my vision of the human spirit that the modern world can obscure.”

Artist Bio

Kathleen Rabel’s painting, sculpture, and prints are shown internationally and throughout the United States. She is Professor Emerita of Cornish College of the Arts where she was Head of Prints and Works on Paper. She received a Teaching Excellence Award from the students at Cornish and was awarded a “Nelly” from Cornish alumni for excellence in teaching.

  • Portugal: Rabel was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholars grant and created iron sculpture using traditional Portuguese methods documented in Recent Sculpture: A Portuguese Voice.
  • Contemporary Print Artists of Paris exhibition: by invitation one of twenty-five exhibiting artists representing the United States.
  • Abbey of San Vincenzo in southern Italy (1997—2016), artist-in-residence.
  • +=studio blu=+, Seattle’s experimental workshop: Co-founder and artist-in- residence focused on art on paper and emerging artists (1996—2019).