Kathleen Carr is a contemporary realist painter. Her narrative paintings are a study of the the human condition and explore themes of solitude, isolation, and the interior life. Advancing on the work of the Symbolists, narratives are enhanced by patterned and translucent fabrics, lace, flora, and fauna often serving as metaphors.

Her work draws from many realist influences both classical and modern,giving it a timeless yet contemporary uniqueness.

Education & Awards

She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. While

pursuing her degree, she spent a semester in Florence, Italy at Studio Art Centers



Her work has been recognized by The Portrait Society of America,

The National Portrait Gallery UK (BP Award Finalist 2017), The Art Renewal

Center Salon 2016 & 2017, The Salmagundi Club NYC
(First Prize/Joseph Hartley Award for Oil Painting), The Butler Museum,

The Sedona Art Prize (Best in Show & Finalist), The Artist's Magazine,

PoetsArtists, Circle Arts Foundation, and more.

The artist’s technique was refined through post-graduate study in classical

painting techniques with Robert Liberace (Art Student's League), Scott

Waddell (Grand Central Atelier), and others.

Her training in classical painting began in late 2003 at the Schuler School of Fine Art. She subsequently studied with Robert Liberace at the Art Students League of Virginia, beginning in 2004 and continued for several years as her schedule would allow. She has also studied with
Dan Thompson at Studio Incamminati.

Prior to focusing on painting, Kathleen worked for many years as a Graphic Designer and Illlustrator for such companies as The Washington Post, National Geographic, Hirshorn Zuckerman Design Group and others. Her design and illustration work has been been recognized by Communication Arts, Adobe, Apple, QuickTime, Dynamic Graphics, and Step Inside Design Magazine.

Kathleen served as Program Head of the Digital Media Design Department at the Corcoran College of Art & Design, where she also taught design & illustration courses in their under graduate program.

Her paintings have received numerous awards and have been exhibited in national and international exhibitions.

Her medium of choice is oil on wood panel.

Kathleen is also the recipient of the 2017 Golden Rose Award at St. John Cantius parish for her work founding the Catholic Art Guild.

Curriculum Vitae


1992 Maryland Institute College of Art

1991 Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy
2003-2005, 2010 Post Graduate Study in Life Drawing & Painting with Robert Liberace
2016 - 2017 Mentoring with Artist Scott Waddell

Recognition & Awards

2019 Art Renewal Center Salon Finalist for Mending the Past and Ciara w Pearl Earring

2019 Provocative Patterns curated by Lorena Kloosterboer for PoetsArtists

2018  Portrait Society of America, Members Only Juried Exhibition Finalist

2018 Creative Quarter Award of Excellence, Issue No. 52

2018 National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society, Spring Competition Finalist

2018 Allied Artist 105th Annual Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club NYC

2018  PoetsArtists Magazine 10th Anniversary Issue:  “Bird of Solitude”

2018  Circle Arts Winter Issue:  “Bird of Solitude”

2018 Sedona Art Prize - Finalist for  “In the Elysian Fields”

2017  The Art Renewal Center Salon: Figurative Category for “Bird of Solitude”

2017  BP Awards, National Portrait Gallery UK 2017 Finalist : “Self-Portrait”
2017  The Butler Museum, 81st Annual Mid-Year Juried Show: Honorable Mention, “Ciara w/Blue Damask”
2017  Sedona Art Prize July 2017: Finalist, “Bird of Solitude”
2017  The Artist's Magazine Portrait & Figure Competition: “Self-Portrait” (Jan Issue 2018)

2017   The Painting Contest September Finalist:  "Aine w/ Flower Crown"
2016   Portrait Society of America Competition:  "Aine w/ Flower Crown",  Figurative Cat.
2016   The Art Renewal Center Salon: Portraiture Category for “Self-Portrait”
2016   The Art Renewal Center Salon: Figurative Category for “Aine w/ Flower Crown”
2016   The Salmagundi Club Non-Member’s Competition : First Prize -Joseph Hartley Award
2016  Sedona Art Prize September Competition: Best in Show for “Ciara w/Blue Damask”
2016  Sedona Art Prize August Competition: Finalist - “Self-Portrait”
2016  Bold Brush Painting Competition, Favorite 15, August for “Self Portrait”
2016  Bold Brush Painting Competition. Favorite 15, December for “Aine w/ Flower Crown”




2018   Portrait Society of America, Members Only Juried Exhibition Finalist

2018   Allied Artists of America 105th Annual Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club NYC

2017   RJD Gallery, Women Painting Women Juried Exhibition

2017   The Butler Museum, 81st Annual Mid-Year Show                                                   

2017   National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society (NOAPS) Spring International Competition

2017   National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society (NOAPS) Fall International Competition
2016   Salmagundi Club: Non-member Juried Exhibition
2016   St. Vincent's Gallery: 2016 6th Bi-Annual National Juried Competition
2014   St. Vincent's Gallery: 2016 5th Bi-Annual National Juried Competition
2006  Marin-Price Galleries, Group Show
2005  Arlington National Cemetary Museum, Faces of the Fallen
2005  Corcoran Museum, Faculty Exhibition




Allied Artists of America

Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA)

Portrait Society of America

Oil Painters of America

National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society (NOAPS)

The Art Renewal Center


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