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Bio & Artist Statement

MY WORK IS ABOUT
ESCAPE.

Kathryn Coers Rossman

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BIOGRAPHY:

Kathryn Coers Rossman (insta: @kathryncoersrossman, visura: visura.co/rossman) is a photojournalist, conceptual photographer and creative director in Bloomington, IN, USA.

 

Kathryn's project "National Anthem: Punk Patriotism!" (2023) was published in Polyester magazine. Her project "Lisa Frank, All Grown Up" was featured #11 in LENSCRATCH's Favorite Photograph of 2023 exhibit. "The Majorette" (2022) was included in Cerulean: A Winter Photography Exhibit by Pattern magazine.

Kathryn is a contributor at Bloom magazine and The Herald-Times, part of the USA Today Network. She was the official event photographer for the 2021 Indiana Hot Air Balloon Festival, a featured artist at the 2021 Indy Rama home design show, and is a two time City of Bloomington Arts Commission Emerging Artist Grant recipient. Kathryn is a member of the Visual Arts Steering Committee for Constellation Stage & Screen's John Waldron Art Center.

Kathryn is happily married and is the proud mother of a son. She left her home state for twenty years, working in Silicon Valley, New York City's East Village and South Florida, before returning to Indiana. Her cousin, photojournalist Michael Coers (deceased), won the Pulitzer Prize documenting school integration for the Louisville Courier Journal in 1975.

STATEMENT:

Known for images showcasing fantastic beauty and sweeping neglect, the allure Kathryn displays may hide an insidious evil. Emphasizing theatricality and absorption, bordering on fantasy and surrealism, her work is less about identity, politics and individualism than collective escape. She problematically offers nostalgia as a distraction from unpleasant realities and enjoys mixing tangible objects both hard and soft with thematic elements that are cozy and challenging, highbrow and kitsch. She creates cinematic compositions and utilizes vivid colors that pop!

Her portraits occur within perfectly manicured sets with curated vintage clothing, props and backdrops. She learned photography as an eBay reseller during The Great Recession, selling thrifted jewelry to Courtney Love at Chateau Marmont and frequently landing on Etsy's front page. She was self-employed as a product photographer for a decade before compiling her fine art and editorial portfolio.

EXHIBITIONS

City of Bloomington Emerging Artists

​Constellation Stage and Screen & Bloomington Arts Commission

John Waldron Art Center

July 12 - 31, 2024

Left of Center

Backspace Gallery

Bloomington, IN

June 7-28, 2024

The Airport Exhibition

Bloomington Photography Club

Monroe County Airport

972 S Kirby Road

Bloomington, IN 47403

February 15, 2024 - Ongoing

Candy. Love. Lust. Heartbreak.

Backspace Gallery

Bloomington, IN

February 2024

LENSCRATCH

The Favorite Photograph You Took in 2023 LENSCRATCH Exhibition

Online Only - January 1, 2024

FAR Photo Review Exhibition

FAR Center for Contemporary Arts

Bloomington, IN

November 28 - December 1, 2023

2023 Juried Exhibition

Bloomington Photography Club

John Waldron Art Center

Bloomington, IN

​​September - October 2023

Indiana State Fair

Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center

Indianapolis, IN

July 28 - August 20, 2023

Monroe County Fair

Monroe County Fairgrounds

Bloomington, IN

July 3 - 9, 2023

Lineages of Birth

An university-community collaboration between the Kinsey Institute Library & Special Collections, the former Bloomington Area Birth Services, and Tandem, with the sponsorship of The Mellon Foundation.

Monroe County Public Library

303 E Kirkwood Avenue

Bloomington, IN 47408

May 2023

Visual Arts Exhibition

Constellation Stage and Screen

Ted Jones Playhouse
107 W 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

January - July, 2023

​Illuminate: Emerging Bloomington Artists

​Constellation Stage and Screen & Bloomington Arts Commission

John Waldron Art Center

January 6 - February 24, 2023

Art Talk on February 17, 2023

Seven Deadly Sins

Accrete Art Collective & Backspace Gallery

Bloomington, IN

January 6 - 28, 2023

Something Figurative, This Way Comes

Accrete Art Collective & Backspace Gallery

Bloomington, IN

​November 4 - 26, 2022

2022 Juried Exhibition

Bloomington Photography Club

John Waldron Art Center

Bloomington, IN

​​October 13 - December 15, 2022

12-IN. UNDER

Accrete Art Collective & Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington

Arts Alliance Center in the College Mall

Bloomington, IN

September 3 - 25, 2022

Pop-Up Exhibit

Bloomington Photography Club

Monroe County Convention Center

Bloomington, IN

August 1 - 31, 2022

Indiana State Fair

Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center

Indianapolis, IN

July 29 - August 21, 2022

Fluffy & Airy

Accrete Art Collective & Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington

Arts Alliance Center in the College Mall

Bloomington, IN

​July 8 - August 6, 2022

Monroe County Fair

Monroe County Fairgrounds

Bloomington, IN

June 27 - July 3, 2022

Intertwined: Art & Tech

High Frequency Arts

Hub & Spoke Design Center

Indianapolis, IN

April 1 - June 30, 2022

Cerulean: A Winter Photography Exhibit

Pattern Magazine

317 Paradox
Indianapolis, IN
January 21 - February 28, 2022


Everything is Cyclical

Accrete Art Collective

Opie Taylor's Gallery
Bloomington, IN
January 14 - 28, 2022

Celebration of Nature

Eagle Creek Park Foundation

Earth Discovery Center
Indianapolis, IN
December 4 - 19, 2021

Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Accrete Art Collective

Opie Taylor's Gallery
Bloomington, IN
November 26 - December 18, 2021

Indy Rama Home Tour

Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

October 29 - 31 + November 5 - 7, 2021

Images of Nature Exhibition

Eagle Creek Park Foundation

Earth Discovery Center

Indianapolis, IN

September 18 - October 3, 2021

ONLINE

INSTA: @KATHRYNCOERSROSSMAN

PORTFOLIO: VISURA.CO/ROSSMAN

GRANTS

Emerging Artist Grant Recipient - 2023

Emerging Artist Grant Recipient - 2021

City of Bloomington Arts Commission

AFFILIATIONS

Social Media Takeover - 2024

Womens' Photo Alliance NYC

Visual Arts Committee - 2024

Constellation Stage & Screen & John Waldron Art Center

Social Media Manager - 2024

Gallery Walk Bloomington

Arts Fair on the Square Juror - 2023

Constellation Stage & Screen & John Waldron Art Center

Speaker/Guest Critique- 2023

Rivera Camera Club, Indianapolis, IN

Grant Reader - 2022

City of Bloomington Arts Commission

Event Photographer:

Girls Rock Bloomington - 2024

Granfalloon Festival: A Kurt Vonnegut Convergence - 2024

Bloomington Handmade Market - 2024

Indiana Hot Air Balloon Festival - 2021

Hot & Sweaty Summer Juror  - 2024

Accrete Art Collective & Backspace Gallery

Member of the Bloomington Photography Club, FAR Center for Contemporary Arts Photo Review, Accrete Art Collective and I FELL Community of Artists.

MENTORSHIP

PhotoPhlo Photographer/Editor Collaboration Workshop with Elinor Carucci and Esquire Visual Director Justin O'Neill - 2023

PhotoPhlo Portfolio Review with Matthew Baum - 2023

Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA) Portfolio Review with Vanessa Charlot, Maggie Steber and Laura Novoa - 2022

Kathryn receives mentorship from Ione Gamble and Gina Tonic from Polyester magazine

CONTRIBUTING

Kathryn is a contributor at The Herald-Times in Bloomington, IN. A newspaper serving a community of 80,000, The Herald-Times is owned by Gannett and part of the USA Today Network. Circulation: 27,540 Daily; 44,197 Sunday (as of 2016).

Kathryn is a contributor at Bloom Magazine. Bloom is an independent culture and lifestyle magazine for Bloomington, Indiana, USA and surrounding areas. Each issue contains high-quality photography and thought-provoking, relevant editorial content about local people, arts, culture, entertainment, homes and gardens, food and beverages, health and fitness, science and education, community, and family life. Published bimonthly, Bloom is a free magazine with 12,000 copies available at more than 200 local shops, businesses, hotels, and restaurants. 

Bloom Magazine won 12 awards - more than any other magazine in the state of Indiana - from the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2023. Southern Indiana no longer has traditional newspaper coverage and Bloom magazine has become a valuable resource for local news.

ACADEMICS

Museum of Modern Art Academic Program, New York, NY

History of Modern Design, Industrial Revolution to the Present (2010)

Modern and Contemporary Art, 1945 – Today (2009)

The Domus-Dwelling-Private-Public-Single-Multi-Family-Habitat: History of the Modern House (2008)

 

New York University, New York, NY

Masters of Arts, English - 2008-2010

 

Coursework completed, thesis/degree abandoned during Great Recession due to financial hardship. Kathryn began working as a photographer in 2009 and fell in love with her new profession. She writes to support her photographs but now prefers to communicate as a visual artist.

Conference Papers:

Literature and the Mass Produced Image

Graduate English Organization Conference on Utopian and Dystopian Literatures

The Formative Years: Children's Literature in the University

​Conference Planning: “Literature and the Mass Produced Image.” New York University Graduate English Organization. New York University, April 2, 2010


Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Bachelor of Arts: Double Major, Comparative Literature and English

Graduated: May 2005

Indiana University Writers’ Conference Attendee (2003)


Teaching Experience: Briscoe Residential Center, Indiana University (2002-2003)
Taught 3 classes (15 students each)

Editorial: Organization of American Historians Magazine of History Editorial Intern/Author (2004-2005)

Bullerdick, Kathryn. “Read, Write and Think Gender History: Making Over the Comic Landscape.” Organization of American Historians Magazine of History  19.2  (2005): 29-30.


AWARDS

"Lisa Frank, All Grown Up" was featured #11 in The Favorite Photograph You Took in 2023 LENSCRATCH Exhibition.

Featured artist at the 2021 Indy Rama home design show.

Beyond the Camera Class Champion - 2024

Black & White Class Honors - 2024

Beyond the Camera Class Champion - 2023

Black & White Class Reserve Champion - 2023

Black & White Salon Class Honors - 2023

Color Class Champion - 2022

Color Salon Class Reserve Champion - 2022

Monroe County Fair

Bloomington, IN

Professional Portrait Class Honorable Mention - 2022

Indiana State Fair

Indianapolis, IN

Why does Kathryn participate in the county and state fair? Set up on major trade routes, fairs began as venues where people could display their crafts and skills for sale or trade. Combining the celebration of regional identity with socialization, amusement, learning and selling, today's fairs contain high-quality submissions. The fair environment is one of temporal displacement, nostalgia overload. Carnival rides burst to life around a discussion of crops, livestock and land use. Kathryn is interested in the heritage and ongoing maintenance of these spaces.

COPYRIGHT

All Images © 2009-2024 Kathryn Coers Rossman All Rights Reserved. Please do not save, share or distribute without permission.

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