About Kathy Conway

ABOUT

Kathy Conway is primarily a self-taught photographer originally from Chicago, San Francisco and currently North Haven, Connecticut. She attended Paier Art School studying oil painting in a representational style. Her creative expression is now focused on fine art photography, inspired by her travels and love of nature as well as her experience as a lawyer concentrating in environmental and land use law. Her ability to capture the dignity, beauty and ever-changing moods of people and wildlife in their environment has evoked a sense of place that engages her viewers in an intimate way. Inspired by form, lighting and texture, her landscapes, both natural and man-made, challenges the viewer to enter her domain. Recently she is concentrating on street photography and structures in black and white.

In her environmental law practice, she is frequently engaged in the redevelopment of old foundries, manufacturing sites and well-worn strip malls that are so prevalent in New England. In this series, she sets out to focus on what is still beautiful in texture and form, not the decay. Light dancing on cracked window edges or filtering in through openings and the remnants of working environments offer glimpses into what was and the possibility of what can be, capturing the best of our aging urban and rural heritage. Her work is in many private and public collections.

“Art is about story telling – capturing and conveying the essence of a moment in time and evoking memories of people and places. I am interested in focusing on the timeless spaces where we retreat – the beaches, deserts and forests – evoking a sense of peace in life’s clutter.

In my series of street scenes, I look for abstractions and reflections, details within the whole. In the textural ruins of old buildings, I see the history of lives and events amid future possibilities. Seeing in black and white opens up a whole new vista of simplicity and the unexpected. If I can communicate this vision, I have succeeded in my goal of touching others through artistic expression.”

 

SELECTED HONORS

  • 2015 The Slater Memorial Museum, 71st Annual CT Artists Exhibit, Photography Prize Winner

  • 2015 CCAA Street Photography Online Photography Exhibit

  • 2015 The 59th Regional, Otto E. Liebig Photography Award

  • 2015, 2014, 2013 Images, Shoreline Arts Alliance Annual Connecticut  Photography Exhibitions

  • 2014 Black and White Magazine, Single Image, 2 Images; 2013 Single Image

  • 2013 World Wide Photo Black and White, Honorable Mention

  • 2013; 2014 North Valley Art League, CA, Honorable Mention

  • 2013 Connecticut Audubon Society, 1st Place, People in Relationship with Nature

  • 2013 Santa Fe Semi-Annual Photography Contest, Outside, Honorable Mention

  • 2012 Mystic Arts Center, CT, Photo 34, Honorable Mention

  • 2011 Connecticut Audubon Society, 1st Place, Animals Category

 

SELECTED JURIED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • Berlin Foto Bienelle 2016, Berlin, Germany (4th Biennial) (5 photos)

  • North Valley Art League Carter House Gallery, Redding, CA;  Gold (2 photos) (2016)

  • The Nor’Easter, 46th Annual Juried Members Exhibition,  New Britain Museum of American Art 2016

  • The Slater Memorial Museum: 71st Annual Connecticut Artists Exhibition, 2015

  • Mystic Arts Center, CT: Photo Show, 34, 35, 36; Regional, 56th, 58th; 59th

  • Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, CT, Annual Exhibitions

  • Connecticut Audubon Society, CT, Our Natural World

  • Silvermine Galleries, CT, 63rd Art of the Northeast, Portfolio, 2013

  • Cape Cod Art Association, The Big Picture: Photography (“CCAA”)

  • Santa Fe Semi-Annual Photography Contest, “Outside”

  • Still Point Art Gallery: On-Line Exhibits

 

MEMBER

  • New Britain Museum of Modern Art

  • Cape Cod Art Association

  • Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, CT (Elected Artist)

  • Mystic Art Center, Mystic, CT (Elected Artist)

  • Silvermine Guild Center for the Arts, Guild Artist, Silvermine, CT

  • Arts Council of Greater New Haven

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

EDUCATION

  • B.S.N., DePaul University

  • Paier School of Art (attended)

  • J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law

  • Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation