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Kathy Venter

Kathy’s life-size, figurative ceramic sculpture has received international acclaim.

She has developed a unique hand building method to sculpt these ceramics without the use of molds or armatures. 

Venter’s work is represented by Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco and Sonoma, Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver and Robin Relph Contemporary, Zug and London.

Venter’s exhibition Life was represented at a solo exhibition at the Gardiner Museum, Toronto in the summer of 2013, and Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle, WA., in the spring of 2014.  CIRCA, Johannesburg December 2014/January 2015. The exhibition will be presented by the  American Museum of Ceramic Art, CA. in 2016.

Venter participated in exhibitions at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Seattle and California State University, Sacramento in 2010

Her work has been shown in over 23 solo exhibitions and 50 group exhibitions, since her immigration to Canada in 1989.

 Amongst others, Venter’s work is in the collections of:  Gardiner Museum of Contemporary Ceramics, Toronto, South African National Gallery, Pretoria, Ceramics Museum Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic, Permanent Collection, Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design, Gates Foundation, Seattle, Richard B. Sachs Collection, New York.

Curriculum Vitae

 Solo Exhibitions

2014  Bellevue Arts Museum. Washington, U.S.A.

2013  Gardiner Museum of Contemporary Ceramics, Toronto

2011  Robin Relph Contemporary, London, U.K.

2009  William Traver Gallery, Seattle.  “Water Boundary”

2008  Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver

2007  Sculpture Site Gallery, San Francisco

2005/6  William Traver Gallery, Seattle

2004  Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto

2003  Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver

2002  Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island

2001  Vortex Gallery Saltspring Island

1999  Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver

1998  Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island

1997  Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island

1996  Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island

1995  Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver

1993  Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island

1992  Vortex Galllery, Saltspring Island

1990  Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver

1989  Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver

1988  Gallery International, Cape Town

1987  Gallery International, Cape Town

1986  Gallery International, Cape Town

1985  Gallery International, Cape Town

1984  Beuster-Skolomowski Gallery, Pretoria

1980  Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design

 Group Exhibitions

2014  Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale

2010  Four guest artists.  Sacramento State University Museum.

2010  Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle. “Clay Throwdown Biennale”

2010  Chmar Gallery inaugural exhibition.

2009  Los Angeles Art Fair.  Sculpturesite Gallery.

2008  Hastings House sculpture garden inaugural.

2007  Sculpture Site Gallery, “Body Language 2”

2006  Sculpture Site Gallery, San Francisco “Firings”

2006  Sculpture Site Gallery, San Francisco “Body Language”

2005/6  Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale

2004  Toronto International Art Fair, Miriam Shiell Gallery

2003  Toronto International Art Fair, Buschlen Mowatt  Gallery

2002  Toronto International Art Fair, Vortex Gallery

2001  Sofa International Art Fair, Miller Gallery

2001  International invitational Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

2001  Vancouver Art Gallery, Invitational Auction Exhibition

2000  Sofa International Art Fair, Miller Gallery

2000  Vancouver Art Gallery, Invitational Auction Exhibition

1997  Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver

1996  Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, H x W x D

1995  Los Angeles International Art Fair, Diane Farris Gallery

1995  Seattle International Art Fair, Diane Farris Gallery

1993  Port Angeles Fine Arts Museum, WA. U.S.A., Straight Art III: the Canadian Waters

1991  Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island, Dual Show

1988  National Red Cross Exhibition for “Operation Hunger”, Invitational traveling show, Southeby’s South Africa.

1988  1820 Settlers’ Monument, South Africa, Ecca Group Show, Grahamstown Festival, Grahamstown

1987  Anne Bryant Gallery East London, South Africa, “Five Artists from the Ciskei”

1984 – 1987  Grahamstown 1820 Settlers Monument,

City Hall, Port Elizabeth

Read Gallery, Johannesburg

G.A.P. Group, Annual Exhibitions

1981  Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design

1978 – 1986  Annual Exhibition, Association of Ceramists of South Africa 


1980  M.F.A. Sculpture, Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design, South Africa

1978  Honors Diploma Fine Art Sculpture

1976  Diploma in Fine Art Sculpture 


Gardiner Museum of Contemporary Ceramics, Toronto

South African National Gallery, Pretoria

Ceramics Museum Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Gates Foundation, U.S.A.

Permanent Collection, Port Elizabeth Technikon

Richard B. Sachs collection, New York

Private collections:  South Africa, Japan, Canada, England, U.S.A., Ireland, Bahamas,

New Zealand, Holland and Australia.

 Publications and Reviews

2013  Boulevard Magazine

2013  Galleries West – review

2013  Zone One Arts – interview

2012  CBC radio interview

2011  Review.  The Driftwood.

2010  Contemporary Ceramics, Emmanuel Cooper.

2010  Art Allsorts II, John Grande

2010  Ceramic Art and Perception.  Review for Bellevue Arts Museum.

2009  Art Allsorts, John Grande

2008  Ceramic Sculpture.  Turner

2008  Ceramics Monthly Magazine – One

2006  Ceramics Monthly Magazine – “Immersion” series – December 2006.  Cover image.

2005  The Globe and Mail Art Review by Gary Michael Dault.

2000  “The Human Form in Clay” Jane Waller, United Kingdom

2000  Ceramics Monthly –  May, 2000

2000  Ceramics Review – article, September 2000

1997  “Famous Five Foundation” selected maquette for monument

1996  Knowledge Network documentary “Many Faces of Brock”

1995  Focus on Women magazine article

1995  Times Colonist review

1990  Vancouver Sun review

1988  “Collage” Television Coverage ECCA show

1988  Radio South Africa interview “Women Today”

1985  “Sgraffiti” article, magazine of National Association of potters of South Africa.

1984  Pretoria News review

1983  Eastern Province Herald

1983  Sunday Times review

1982  Cape Herald review


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