Biography | Resume
Kathryn Kolb was born in Indiana and grew up in the rural countryside near Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1983 she received a BA in History from Emory University in Atlanta, concentrating on ancient Europe and the Near East. After taking photography classes at The Southeastern Center for the Arts, Kolb began work as a free-lance photographer and has been based in Atlanta since 1985. Beginning in journalism and editorial work, by the mid-1990's she shifted her focus to fine art images of natural forms and landscapes. Though Kathryn Kolb has no formal training as an artist, visual arts runs in both parents' families, and her paternal grandfather, Harold H. Kolb, was a noted watercolor painter working in Boston and the New England area. (see: hkwatercolors.com) Kolb's editorial work is characterized by an artistic style with strong graphic elements. Her photographs have been widely published and have appeared in Smithsonian, Veranda, Rolling Stone, Nature Conservancy, Orion magazine and many others. Special photographic projects Kolb accomplished include: a series of environmental portraits of regional artists for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution; portraits of formerly homeless men and women who regained successful lives through Atlanta's Samaritan House, and self-published calendars of Atlanta and Athens musicians, including artists REM and Indigo Girls. In 1996, Kolb photographed a medical mission to rural communities in the Dominican Republic. In 1999-2001, Kolb produced calendars for Georgia Forestwatch, featuring unprotected areas in Georgia's national forests. Her work was included in the Sierra Club's Clearcut: The Tragedy of Industrial Forestry, and she illustrated several articles for Smithsonian magazine including a feature on kudzu in October 2000. Her Tree Series photographs were featured in the Oct/Nov 2001 Veranda magazine, and The Wilderness Society commissioned Kolb to photograph roadless and wilderness areas of the southeastern Appalachians for the publication, Why Wilderness? What the Last Remaining Wildlands of the Southern Appalachians Mean to the People of the Southeast, published in 2004. Kolb‘s fine art series include black & white and color photographs of landscapes, trees and other plants from diverse natural environments, often from the Southeastern US. Her most recent work, mostly in color, explores abstract constructions that seem more akin to painting than photography. As photographer, Kolb stays true to the simplest form of her medium - all works are straightforward, un-manipulated images. Fine Art Collections Kathryn Kolb‘s fine art photographs can be found in numerous private and institutional collections including those of the Georgia Museum in Athens, GA, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, King & Spalding (Atlanta), Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp LLP (San Francisco), Georgia Conservancy, Emory's Goizueta Business School, Georgia Tech, and the City of Atlanta. (For a select list of collectors, shows and clients, scroll down to Kathryn Kolb resume below.) Kathryn Kolb‘s fine art photographs are currently available through Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta; Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC; Artstudio 101, Scottsdale, AZ. Special Projects 1999 - 2013 In 1999, through Soho-Myriad Gallery (Atlanta), Kolb was commissioned to create non-traditional landmark portraits of the University of Virginia campus for a permanent installation at the University's Boar's Head Inn in Charlottesville. Images from Kolb‘s Tree Series were recently installed in the public spaces of the Children's Clinic at Emory University. In 2005 Kolb‘s work was featured in a solo exhibit at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History (Atlanta). In August 2005 Kolb and her work were featured as cover story in the Arts Section of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. In 2007 she was featured on TBS' award-winning television series Storyline, and Kolb was one of five photographers selected to display work on Atlanta's MARTA buses for the public art project "Art in Motion," sponsored by the City of Atlanta in 2008. Kolb‘s book, Kathryn Kolb Photographs, was released in November 2008. Kathryn Kolb Photographs won best of category "Nature Photography" in the JBX Media International Book Awards 2010. From 2008-2009, Kathryn brought together a non-profit group of photographers who created their own printing studio, a community space for working photographers dedicated to traditional print processes, called the Photographer's Print Studio. From 2009-2011, Kathryn moved the project to the Serenbe Community, where she launched and directed the program through 2011. Today, The Photographer's Studio, is a stand-alone nonprofit located in the TULA at complex in Atlanta, where Kathryn serves as Board Member and advisor. In 2013, Kathryn received an individual artist's grant from the City of Atlanta, producing a show and public talk/presentation entitled "Dynamic Symmetry," presented at non-profit Trees Atlanta atrium gallery. In Addition to Photography Kathryn Kolb's interest in the environment goes beyond her visual aesthetic. Growing up in rural Virginia and with maternal family roots in the western North Carolina mountains, she developed a strong appreciation of the value of natural landscapes. Since the early nineties Kolb has worked to preserve and restore native forest environments and care for urban trees and greenspace. She helped to produce new tree ordinances for DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta, served on the board of Georgia Forestwatch, and helped the City of Atlanta acquire a greenspace in her neighborhood. She was also the principal founder of Keeping It Wild (originally a program of The Wilderness Society and now an independent Atlanta non-profit) dedicated to bringing diverse conservation community partners together in order to connect urban residents to natural lands and promote the protection and restoration of natural and wildlands in Atlanta, Georgia and the Southeast. In addition to continuing her fine art work, Kathryn hosts photography workshops in partnership with The Third Eye Photographic Adventures and Workshops (TheThirdEyePhoto.com), and directs non-profit Eco-A (Ecoaddendum.org), where she leads educational naturalist walks from urban parks to Georgia wildlands, and assists educating homeowers in how to restore their yards to native natural environments.
Kathryn Kolb Photographer – Exhibitions/Clients/Collections 1986–present
Fine Art Exhibitions Sol Mednick Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, solo 2016 City of Atlanta Individual Artist Grant, venue Atlanta City Hall, solo 2016 Pace Academy, Atlanta, GA solo 2015 City of Atlanta Individual Artist Grant, venue Trees Atlanta, solo 2013 Thomas Deans Fine Art, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2006, solo 2005 Haen Gallery, with painter Stephen Pentak, Asheville, NC, 2013, solo 2009 Georgia Museum of Art, Photographs from the Permanent Collection, Athens, GA, 2011 State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2011 The Gallery at Serenbe, Palmetto, GA 2011 Trees Atlanta, Judges Show (with David Knox), 2010 Dogwood Gallery, Nature Undisturbed, Tyrone, GA, 2010 City of Atlanta Art in Motion, displayed on MARTA buses, 2007 Rialto Theatre, (with Marilyn Suriani), 2007 Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atrium Gallery, solo, 2006 City Hall East Gallery, 2006 Thomasville Cultural Center, Thomasville, GA, 2006 Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, solo, 2005 Schedler Fine Art, Birmingham, AL, 2005 Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, Valdosta, GA, solo 2005 Krause Gallery, Atlanta 2004 Galerie MC, Atlanta, 2004 Melissa & Jerome Walker, Decatur, GA, solo, 2003 Swan Coach House, Atlanta 2012, 2010, 2003 Roswell Fine Arts Center, 2003 City Issue Gallery, 2001,02 Soho-Myriad Gallery, Atlanta, 2000, 2001, 2002, 1998 City Hall East Gallery, Atlanta, 1999 Gwinnett Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, 1998 The Food Business, Decatur, GA 1997 Atlanta Photography Gallery, Atlanta 1993, 97 Camille Love Gallery, Atlanta, 1996 League of Finnish American Societies Helsinki, Finland 1995 Trinity Gallery, Atlanta, 1993 The Emory Gallery, Atlanta 1992 Atlanta University Gallery, Atlanta 1987 Gallery Two Nine One, Atlanta 1986 Collections Georgia Museum, Athens, GA Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp LLP, San Fransisco King and Spalding, Atlanta Sutherlin Asbill & Brennan, LLP, Atlanta Laura Turner & Rutherford Seydel John and Dianne Smoltz Lucinda Bunnen Gerald and Lyn Grinstein Georgia Conservancy, Atlanta City of Atlanta Fulton County Arts Council M. Rose, Netherlands Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Atlanta Calloway Gardens, GA Goizueta Business School, Emory University University of Virginia, Boar's Head Inn Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta Childrens' Clinic, Emory University Hospital Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, Atlanta Parker, Johnson, Cook & Dunlevie, Atlanta Southern Company Georgia TECH, Atlanta Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco Hyatt Regency, Muscat, Oman Mandarin Hotel, NY Omni CNN Center, Atlanta Editorial/Commercial Magazines/Newspapers Smithsonian Veranda Orion Nature Conservancy Outside Request People Rolling Stone American Theater The Village Voice Chronicle of Higher Education Atlanta Magazine The Atlanta Journal and Constitution The Chicago Sun-Times Environment The Wilderness Society, Washington, DC Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition, Asheville, NC Pacific Rivers Council, Eugene, OR Southern Environmental Law Center, Charlottesville, VA The Nature Conservancy, Washington, DC Georgia Conservancy, Atlanta, GA Georgia Forestwatch, Ellijay, GA The Sierra Club, Atlanta, GA Trust for Public Land, Atlanta, GA Institutions (Atlanta region) Shepherd Center Tanner Medical Center Ridgeview Institute INPO (Institute of Nuclear Power Operations) The Carter Center Emory University Georgia TECH Georgia State University Agnes Scott College Commerical/Arts/Entertainment Starbucks Coffee Inc., Seattle WA Zyrtec (TV commercial), Los Angeles Routledge Press, London/NY NY CAM entertainment, Atlanta Times 3, graphic design, Atlanta Horizon Theater Company, Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta Publications Kathryn Kolb Photographs, K2 Press, Atlanta, 2008 (winner International Book Awards 2010) Why Wilderness? What the Last Remaining Wildlands of the Southeastern Appalachians Mean to the People of the Southeast, The Wilderness Society, Washington, DC, 2004 Georgia's Last Wild Places calendars, Georgia Forestwatch, Ellijay, GA , 2001, 2000,1999 (winner, Print Excellence Awards 2000, 2001) 1996 Trees Calendar; Times 3 graphic design, Atlanta, 1996 Clearcut, The Tragedy of Industrial Forestry, The Sierra Club/Earth Island Press, San Francisco, 1993 I Love You Enough to Let You Go; Printed Matter, Inc. Atlanta, 1990 Ten Artists Ten Years, Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Madison, GA 1986 Can You See Me? Images of Atlanta's Homeless; Marmac Publishing Co. Atlanta 1986 Awards City of Atlanta, Individual Artist Grant, 2014 Winner, Nature Photography Category, International Book Awards, 2010 Sharing the Planet Award, Atlanta Jobs Corps, 2009 Most Innovative Award for Keeping It Wild Program, Earth Share of GA, 2007 Print Excellence Award, for Georgia‘s Last Wild Places calendars, Printing Industry Association of Georgia, 2000, 2001 Award of Appreciation for Outstanding Achievement, Sierra Club, 1999 Outstanding Commitment to Protecting Georgia‘s Forests, Georgia Forestwatch, 1998 Links thomasdeansfineart.com thehaengallery hkwatercolors.com