Profile Type: Artist
Kathleen Zimmerman

Kathleen Zimmerman’s love of form is evident in all of her work. This passion was appreciated throughout school earning her artistic merit scholarships as well as academic grants from the University of Hartford Art School in West Hartford, Connecticut. There Kathleen received her fine arts degree in studio art concentrating in sculpture and printmaking. Since graduation she has worked as a monumental mold maker for Lands End Sculpture Center, a public school art teacher for Irving Robbins Middle School before starting her own studio, Zimmerman Fine Art Studio, during the five years she resided overseas in China. When she moved back to her home in Connecticut, Kathleen was juried into the memberships of the National Association of Women Artists in NYC, the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts and Connecticut Women Artists organizations. She has had solo exhibitions at both the Norman Stevens Gallery and the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery on the University of Connecticut’s Storrs and Groton campus', Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut and at the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center in Storrs, Connecticut, the latter exhibition was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, State of Connecticut's Office of the Arts and Windham Arts. She has been invited to have solo exhibitions at River Arts in Vermont and GR Art Gallery in Stamford, Connecticut this summer.  KathleenZimmerman is currently represented by Tilting at Windmills in Vermont and GR Art Gallery in Connecticut. Her work has been juried into international, national and regional group exhibitions and has won awards at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Mystic Museum of Art, University of Connecticut and Guilford Art Center exhibitions, to mention a few. Loos Center for the Arts in Connecticut invited her to be part of their 2020 exhibit Lost and Found sponsored by the Gallery, National Wildlife Federation and Connecticut Audubon Society. This year she was juried into the International Artists for Conservation organization as a Signature Member.

At the beginning of Kathleen’s career, she received a public commission for a life-sized cast bronze sculpture, titled Melody, that is part of the permanent collection in the renowned Benson Park Sculpture Garden in Loveland, Colorado. Today she is working with Modern Multiples in Los Angeles, California, creating a full range of serigraphs from her graphite drawings. Last year, due to this work, she was chosen as one of thirty-two artists from across the nation thought to lead the way in this new millennium in an exhibit titled: Taos Art Insurgency: The New Protagonists. This visionary exhibition was located in Taos, New Mexico, a major artist’s colony that has been at the forefront of most of the major modern art movements initiated within the last 120 years.

Kathleen Zimmerman’s art is the way she explores ideas concerning relationships, stages of life and culture. It is a meditative practice of sorts that helps her stop and think about the issues of our time. As Zimmerman works she finds layers of meaning, both intentional and unintentional, become apparent in the work filling her with delight and wonder. She creates her work in series’ so she can fully investigate each subject as well as create works that are more than the some of their parts. An example is Global Series - Bear Hugs where each drawing relates to the other drawing both visually and symbolically. Over the years, she has developed a personal visual language that uses symbolism and surrealism to transform her subject matter into archetypal images giving her work a mythical quality filled with layers of meaning.

While Zimmerman uses a variety of materials, the ideas are the driving force behind these visual statements not the materials. When working two-dimensionally, she begins with graphite because there's an intimacy about a hand-drawn image, which she loves.

“Whatever I put down on the paper is what I get. It is a real joy in being able to capture the creative act so purely.”

Kathleen Zimmerman

Curator for the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, described Zimmerman’s drawings as follows,

“Kathleen's intricate, delicately layered graphite drawings each appear to come together to form the complex entity. As with life, each lovely drawing is made up of so many ethereal textures, shades and shapes that you want to look at more deeply to experience the emotions visually laid out before you.“

Julia Pavone

Zimmerman uses these drawings as the basis for her print work, which is currently digital and serigraphic. She says,

“The nice thing about printmaking is I can add contrast, color and sometimes texture, depending on the type of printmaking method, while still retaining the essence of the drawings. I don't want my drawings to become painitngs or to rely on 'happy accidents' to make them interesting, thus I use technology in an intentional manner to enhance the original thought not to get away from it.”

Kathleen Zimmerman

Artist at Scavotto Sculpture and patron, described Zimmerman's work as follows.

“When I view Kathleen’s thought-provoking work, I ponder over her cosmic and mythic depictions of animals, nature, culture, humankind and interrelationships. Her compositions often include abstract ethereal beings within the lyrical line and organic unified shapes of her main subject. Rich gradations of tone and captivating detail invite me to look deeper where I always see more. Her animal portrayals and playful narrative enactments evoke my wonder and amazement of her symbolic sensibility. Her work is visually and soulfully harmonious.”

When working three-dimensionally, Kathleen Zimmerman begins in clay or wood, both materials that are very user friendly. Clay lets her form organic shapes that are wonderful to touch while wood lets her construct simple shapes or more complex elements to compliment and finish the statements. Zimmerman then casts and fabricates these elements into more permanent materials, such as bronze or stone. She does this because all her sculptures are envisioned as life-sized or large scale work to become part of the landscape or creating a landscape indoors. She often incorporates water as an essential material to complete the visual statement adding movement and life.

The historically important artists Zimmerman most admires are; Kathe Kollwitz, a German Expressionistic printmaker, Remedios Varo, a Mexican Surrealistic painter, Georgia O'Keeffe, an American Modern painter, Paul Gauguin, a French Post Impressionist painter and Brancusi, a Romanian Minimalist sculptor. All of these very different artists have inspired her to create her own visual language, which is accessible to others, while remaining intimately personal.

Additional Links: 
artist website

I Have Worked With

  • December 2019

    Fisher Gallery is now selling Zimmerman's digital prints. The gallery is located at the Farmington Vallery Arts Center at 25 Arts Center Lane in Avon, CT. They has a rotating collection in the gallery and has access to Zimmerman's full collection through the artist so patrons can order these limited edition prints as long as they are available. 

  • July 2019

    Picture That LLC and the magazine's curatorial team choose my artwork to be featured in the 2020 Women’s History Month Edition of Thompson’s Unity magazine.  I was one of the three artists to win this national competition! 

  • May 2019

    Kathleen Zimmerman was invited and accepted to become one of Silver Circle Gallery's gallery artists. Kathleen will exhibit a rotating collection of her serigraphic prints and bronze sculptures at the gallery. The gallery is located at Block 134 Main Street, Putnam, CT. Their hours are 11-5 Thursday through Saturday and 12-5 Sunday. 


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Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Printmaker & Sculptor
Physical Address: 
Willington, CT 06279
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Metal
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Paper
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Connecticut Academy of Fine Art
Connecticut Women Artists
National Association of Women Artists
Artists for Conservation
BFA University of Hartford Art School
Artistic Merit Scholarships from Hartford Art School
Award for Sculpture from New Britain Museum of American Art
Award for Works on Paper from National Association of Women Artists
Award for Works on Paper from Guilford Art Center
Public Commission for Loveland High Plains Arts Council on permanent display in Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Award for Works on Paper from Connecticut Women Artist
Award for Works on Paper from Mystic Museum of Art
Awarded State of Connecticut's Regional Art Grant 2017