Having just arrived to Siena on Friday, Kathy Butterly is currently in residence at the Siena Art Institute as a Visiting Artist. Selected as the Siena Art Institute’s 2018 Fall Project Fellow, Kathy Butterly is here for a Fall 2017 research trip as part of our new initiative connecting contemporary artists with Sienese craft/artisanal practices and new technologies.
New York based artist Kathy Butterly brings a painterly sensibility to her idiosyncratic ceramic sculptures. To realize her witty, quirky and inventive fired forms, she applies a range of sophisticated glazes and delicate textures. For Butterly the kiln is a crucible of possibilities. With each firing, a playful intuitive sensory dialogue ensues. Over decades she has mastered teasing out highly associative meaning with each additional glazing. Her aesthetic synthesizes Asian ceramics and California Funk.
Kathy Butterly was born 1963 in Amityville NY. She received her BFA at Moore College of Art before earning an MFA at University of California, Davis where she studied with Robert Arneson. She lives and works in New York City alongside her husband, artist Tom Burckhardt. She has exhibited across the United States and many of her works are in the permanent collections the Museum of Modern Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the de Young Museum of San Francisco. In addition Kathy Butterly has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants such as a Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Contemporary Artist Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and inclusion in a Carnegie International.