Drawing provides the backbone for Kate Holcomb Hale's mixed-media installations. Her large-scale charcoal drawings are psychological in nature exploring and giving form to the moment when one's identity shifts as a result of loss, trauma or a significant life event. Kate rejects traditional boundaries of drawing and painting. Incorporating paint, vinyl, charcoal, and paper her marks expand and spill onto the walls, ceiling and floors resulting in material merging with architecture.
In 2016 Kate was awarded "Best In Show" by Paul Ha, director, LIST Visual Arts Center at MIT, at the 15th National Prize Show presented by Cambridge Art Association. Kate also received second prize from Denise Markonish, curator, MASS MoCA: Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, for her work in the nationally juried exhibition, "On The Edge," at South Shore Art Center. Most recently Kate was one of four finalist in the Bromfield Gallery SOLO Competition juried by Sarah Montross, curator Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park.
Kate earned her MFA in critical theory and studio art at Maine College of Art. She is a member of Bromfield Gallery located in the SOWA arts district in Boston. Kate is an active member of Boston Critique Group. She is also an art instructor and volunteers with young women coping with emotional and behavior challenges at Youth Villages in Arlington, MA where she currently lives.