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Bio & Artist Statement

MY WORK IS ABOUT
ESCAPE.

Kathryn Coers Rossman

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BIOGRAPHY:

STATEMENT:

Kathryn Coers Rossman (insta: @kathryncoersrossman) is a conceptual photographer and creative director in Bloomington, IN, USA. She studied modernism, literature and urbanism in graduate school at New York University and design and the visual arts via the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) academic program. Kathryn's project "National Anthem: Punk Patriotism!" (2023) was published in Polyester magazine and was featured on Visura. "The Majorette" (2022) was included in Cerulean: A Winter Photography Exhibit by Pattern magazine. Kathryn is a contributor at Bloom magazine. 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 was the first Emerging Artist Grant recipient named by the City of Bloomington Arts Commission.

Kathryn is happily married and is the proud mother of a five-year-old son. A Hoosier, 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.

 

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. The self-described "Lisa Frank" of photo editing, she creates cinematic compositions and utilizes vivid colors that pop!

Her portraits occur within perfectly manicured sets with curated vintage clothing, props and backdrops built around her subjects like oversized dollhouses. 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.

LENSCRATCH

The Favorite Photograph You Took in 2023 LENSCRATCH Exhibition

Online Only - January 1, 2024

FAR Photo Review Exhibition

FAR Center for Contemporary Arts

505 West 4th Street

Bloomington, IN 47404

November 28 - December 1, 2023

Closing Reception: Friday, December 1 from 5-8 PM during Gallery Walk

2023 Juried Exhibition

Bloomington Photography Club

John Waldron Art Center

122 South Walnut Street

Bloomington, IN 47404

​​September - October 2023

Opening Reception: Friday, September 1, and also Friday, October 6 starting at 5 PM during Gallery Walk

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

Emerging Artist Grant Recipient

City of Bloomington Arts Commission
Bloomington, IN - 2023

Emerging Artist Grant Recipient

City of Bloomington Arts Commission
Bloomington, IN - 2021

Beyond the Camera Class Champion

Black & White Class Reserve Champion

Black & White Salon Class Honors

Monroe County Fair

Bloomington, IN - 2023

Color Class Champion

Color Salon Class Reserve Champion

Monroe County Fair

Bloomington, IN - 2022

Professional Portrait Class Honorable Mention

Indiana State Fair

Indianapolis, IN - 2022

Arts Fair on the Square Juror

Constellation Stage & Screen & John Waldron Art Center

Bloomington, IN - 2023

Speaker/Guest Critique

Rivera Camera Club

Indianapolis, IN - 2023

Grant Reader

City of Bloomington Arts Commission
Bloomington, IN - 2022

Member of the Bloomington Photography Club

in Bloomington, Indiana

Member of the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts Photo Review

Kathryn receives monthly mentorship from Ione Gamble and Gina Tonic

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

COPYRIGHT

All Images © 2009-2023 Kathryn Coers Rossman All Rights Reserved. Please do not save, share or distribute without permission.

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