“Her own work exhibits a commitment to a sustainability that can help maintain the earth. Each time she builds an installation, she is conjuring a spirit that she hopes will lead toward healing the deep fissures that have opened up between humanity and our environs.” – Sculpture Magazine, May 2010, Ellen Pearlman

Kathy Bruce is a New York-based visual artist born in Ithaca, NY. Her work explores archetypal mythological figures within the context of the natural environment. These take the form of sculptural installations built in natural materials such as bamboo. Her site-specific structures are representational rather than biomorphic or abstract. As a result, this approach allows the interpretation of multi-level meanings to the viewers’ experience of her works.

Her works have been presented at Land Art Northern Denmark in collaboration with Alastair Noble (2016); The International Sculpture Festival Guandu Nature Park, Taipei, Taiwan (2015); The Marble House Project, Dorset, VT (2015); Cheng-Long International Environmental Art Project, Yunlin County, Taiwan (2014); Do you see what I see?, La Napoule Foundation, Mandelieu, France (2014); and II Salon of Puno Contemporary Art, Puno, Peru (2013). Her awards include the Fulbright Senior Lecturing and Research Grant (2012), Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship Award (2010), Fulbright-Hayes Scholar Grant (1982), Ford Foundation Grant (1981), and the Henry J. Scheidt Traveling Scholarship (1978). Her residencies include SU-CASA, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY (2016) and SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY (2015).

She is the recipient of an LMCC Creative Engagement Grant (2016) and an LMCC Creative Curricula grant, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012). She is also a recipient of an MCAF grant, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC. (2015). Bruce has an M.F.A from Yale University and a certificate from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
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