“Kathleen Brennan’s large and diverse body of photographic work reflects the life of a self-directed woman who has followed her heart and connected the threads of her experience to enrich and intensify her vision. The awards, accolades, and recognition her work engenders today are the result of a long and remarkable journey.” –Remarkable Women of Taos

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From an early age I was drawn to visual art and began photographing at the age of 15, using an old range finder camera. In 1973, I moved to Albuquerque where I completed a B.U.S. in Fine Art Photography from the University of New Mexico. Soon after I began experimenting with a variety of techniques, including hand colored photographs, Polaroid transfers, and cyanotypes.

After migrating to Colorado for 13 years, my love of New Mexico returned me to Taos in 1992 where I reside. In 2002 I made the leap to digital photography and have applied the same sense of experimentation and use of alternative techniques.

My video work has focused on documenting and preserving cultural traditions and the stories that gather around places. The documentary, “The New Neighbor,” explored the memories and artifacts of Dennis Hopper’s years in Taos. In 2016 I completed a feature length documentary about the artist, Agnes Martin one of the most important artists of the 20th century.

b. 1955 Newark, New Jersey

Education

1974-77 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque-B.U.S. Photography
1973-74 Brookdale College. Lincroft, New Jersey

Professional Experience
2017
Panel Discussion
The Errant Eye: Portraits in a Landscape, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
2016
Director and Co-Producer of feature documentary film Agnes Martin Before the Grid
2015
Visiting Artist-in-Residence at Grand Canyon National Park.
Presented to 8th grade at Grand Canyon school about interviewing techniques for Oral Histories.
2014
Participated in the Fires of Change Project & Workshops, North Rim of Grand
Canyon National Park, (Sponsored by the Southwest Fire Science Consortium, the
Landscape Conservation Initiative, and the National Endowment for the Arts.)
2013 – Present
Through both photography and video, I have been documenting
the ravages and challenge of drought for the ranchers and farmers
of northeastern NM. Short episodes are posted
Here.
2000
Environmental Photo Project, Enos Garcia School, Taos, NM
Led the kids on a photo hunt around the school to capture litter and waste
And discuss the impact of photography for such projects.

Curator
2012
3rd annual Self Portrait Show
Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, NM
Juror and Curator
2008
Journey: A Life of Travel Photography  by Douglas Smith
70 images at The Historic Taos Inn, Taos, NM

Residencies
2018
Bandelier National Monument Artist-in-Residence (AiR)
Site specific installation at Historic Fire Tower
In collaboration with East Jemez Landscape Futures
2015
Grand Canyon National Park south rim Artist-in-Residence (AiR)
2013
Grand Canyon National Park south rim Artist-in-Residence (AiR)

Grants
*Nita and Henk van de Werff Family Foundation, Healy Foundation, Mammel
Foundation, Taos Community Foundation, Sharon and Landis Martin Family
Foundation and numerous individuals for:
Agnes Martin Before the Grid   Release Date Summer 2016
*Mammel Foundation,  Give Grande NM  for:
This Country video about drought in New Mexico
*Martin Foundation for the Creative Arts  for:
Ephemeral Spirit Images of a Conscious Life and Death (Photographs and exhibit)
In Praise of what Persists Images of Breast Cancer (Exhibit and Catalog)
Vast Spaces, Unique Vistas The artists of Black Mt. College and the New Mexico
Connection
 (Video to accompany Museum exhibit)
*Joy & Frank Purcell, Carol & David Farmer, Molly Moyer & Ronnie Storey
Vast Spaces, Unique Vistas The artists of Black Mt. College and the New Mexico
Connection 
video for Harwood Museum of Art exhibition

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2014
The Art of the Documentary
Exhibition showcasing photographs and three
Video monitors of films
Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
2012
Women of Taos: Portraits Taos, NM
Two Person Show
2010
The Power of Turquoise 6 page Photo Essay, New Mexico magazine
2005
The Gates of Central Park  The Taos Inn, Taos, NM
2004
In Praise of what Persists Images of Breast Cancer–Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
2003
Ephemeral Spirit Images of a Conscious Life and Death–San Francisco Zen Center,
California
2001
Ephemeral Spirit Images of a Conscious Life and Death—Taos Mt. Sangha, Taos, NM
1998
Continuum, Dolemite Restaurant, Taos, NM
1996
One Woman Show. Jack of All Arts, Madrid, NM
1993
One Woman Show, Rare Findings Gallery, Denver, CO
1992
One Woman Show, Cameron Studios, Denver, CO
One Woman Show,  J-Mar Studios, Fort Collins, CO

Videos
2016
Agnes Martin Before the Grid
HD Video 56 min. Feature length film about the artist
2015
This Country
HD Video Series of short films about the ongoing drought in New Mexico
2014
Peter Parks
HD Video 6 min. A converstion with the artist to accompany his
Exhibition at Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
Jim Wagner Trudy’s House
HD Video 13 min. Documentary of the making of the exhibiton at
Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
Project ¡Orale! The making of an Exhibition
HD Video 18 min. Documentary of the making of the exhibiton at
Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
Jane Mingenbach and the Taos School Art Collection
HD Video 12 min. To accompany the exhibition at
Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
2013
Synecdoche: The part represents the whole
HD Video 6 min. Documentary about Sculptor Deborah Rael-Buckley
Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
2012
The New Neighbor HD Video 12 min. Documentary about Dennis Hopper
Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
The New Neighbor HD Video 12 min. Documentary about Dennis Hopper
Taos Shortz Film Festival, Taos, NM
2011
The New Neighbor HD Video 12 min. Documentary about Dennis Hopper
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, Santa Fe, NM
Vast Spaces, Unique Vistas The artists of Black Mt. College and the New Mexico Connection HD Video
17 min.
Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
2006
 
A Biography- Ann St. John Hawley SD Video of Ann performing Butoh dance
To accompany an exhibition of her work.  Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019
24 Hours: A Day in the Life of Taos David Anthony Fine Arts (DAFA), Taos, NM
2018
The Edge Effect: re-imaging the East Jemez Landscape
Fire Look Out Tower ~ Bandelier National Monument
A collaborative installation with Shawn Skabelund
Sight Unseen Invititational Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, NM
Work by Women Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
2017
The Errant Eye: Portraits in a Landscape, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
Fires of Change Invitational Traveling Exhibition
516 Arts Albuquerque, NM
Self-Portrait, Encore Gallery, Taos, NM
Members Show Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, NM
Sight Unseen Invititational Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, NM
2016
Continuum:Prints from the Collection Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
Self-Portrait, Encore Gallery, Taos, NM  Peoples Choice Award
Members Show Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, NM
Sight Unseen Invititational Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, NM
2015
Fires of Change  Invitational Traveling Exhibition
Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ
University of Southern Arizona, Tucson, AZ
(Sponsored by the Southwest Fire Science Consortium, the Landscape Conservation
Initiative, and the National Endowment for the Arts.)
Camera USA 2015 National Photography Juried Show  National Award Winner
Naples Art Association Naples, Florida
Sight Unseen Invitational Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, NM
Representing the West Juried Show, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center & Conference
Center
, Pueblo, CO
2014
Taos Selects Taos Fall Arts Festival
Sight Unseen  Invitational Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, NM
Members Show Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, NM
2013
Sight Unseen  Invitational Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, NM
Members Show Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, NM
Red Willow:Portraits of a Town Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
2012
Taos Selects Taos Fall Arts Festival
Russian nights in Taos, Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, Taos, NM
Group Show Taos Visitor Center, Taos, NM
Land, Light, Legends of Taos Taos Inn, Taos, NM
2011
Self Portrait Show Taos, NM
Art in Town Hall, Taos, NM
New Mexorado, Juried Regional Show, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
Russian nights in Taos, Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, Taos, NM
Taos Selects Taos Fall Arts Festival  Award
Land, Light and Legends of Taos Taos Inn, Taos, NM
2010
Taos Arts organization Studio Tour, Taos, NM
Self Portrait Show Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, NM
2008
Taos Arts organization Studio Tour, Taos, NM
Taos Invites Taos Taos, NM Award
2007
Taos Arts Organization Studio Tour, Taos, NM
Taos Invites Taos  Taos, NM  Award
Ranchos de Taos/ Talpa Studio Tour Taos, NM
Who do you say that I am? Visions of Christ, Gender and Justice–JHS Gallery, Taos, NM
Cambridge Art 10th Annual National Prize Show- Harvard Univ. Art Museum Cambridge, MA
Abstractions–The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Camino Real Studio Tour—Taos, NM
Taos Invites Taos—Taos, NM-Nominated Best of Photography
Annual Miniature Show—Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM
2005
Camino Real Studio Tour—Taos, NM
Taos Invites Taos—Taos, NM
Raw Art—Santa Fe, NM
2004
Taos Invites Taos—Taos, NM
2001
Taos Invites Taos—Taos, NM
Photography 7, Fenix Gallery, Taos,NM
2000
Group Show Dallas Museum of Art—Dallas Tx.
3 Women Photographers—Taos, NM
Taos Invites Taos—Taos, NM
Group Show Snakedance Inn—Taos Ski Valley, NM

Awards and Publications
2019
24 Hours: A Day in the Life of Taos  Taos News Magazine Publication
2016
Agnes Martin Before the Grid, Hollywood International Independent Documentary
Awards Award of Recognition for Feature Documentary and Woman
Filmmaker
Taos News
Agnes Martin Before the Grid set to premier (article)
Taos Magazine
Agnes Martin Before the Grid Debuts in Taos (article)
2015
Camera USA 2015 National Photography Juried Show  Received National Award
Naples Art Association Naples, Florida
2014
Arizona Daily Sun articles about Fires of Change exhibition
FIRES of CHANGE: Art and science join forces on the North Rim
by Diandra Markgraf
October 14, 2014
A catalyst for new visions by Diandra Markgraf
October 12, 2014
Forestry 101 by Diandra Markgraf
October 12, 2014
Drawing fire: Flagstaff Arts Council organizes in-depth artistic study of wildland
blazes
by Diandra Markgraf July 06, 2014
Kathleen Brennan: Documenting life as it unfolds Taos News profile
2013
Trend: Art Architecture and Design Magazine Volume 14 Issue 1
He’s a Walking Contradiction, Partly Truth and Partly Fiction
Reflections and Reminiscences of Dennis Hopper in Taos
Taos Hum Profile in Local Flavor Magazine April 2013
Women in the Arts Show – Raton Arts Council Raton, NM 2nd Place Ribbon
2012
Recognized as A remarkable woman of Taos 2012 Taos Artists Profiles
2011
Taos Selects Taos Fall Arts Festival  Award
The Power of Turquoise, Photo Essay for NM Magazine
New Mexico Press Women, State Award
The Power of Turquoise, Photo Essay for NM Magazine
National Federation of Press Women, National Award
2008
Taos Invites Taos Taos Fall Arts Festival  Award
2007
Taos Invites Taos 3rd Place Ribbon
Poster Artist, Ranchos de Taos/Talpa Studio Tour
2005
Scars, Special Issue, Alligator Juniper Publication, Presott College, AZ
2004
In Praise of What Persists Images of Breast Cancer,  Catalogue
Harwood Museum of Art
Finalist, Willard Van Dyke Award
2002
Finalist, Eliot Porter Award
Poster Artist, Los Jardineros Garden Club Of Taos, NM
2001
Poster Artist, Los Jardineros Garden Club Of Taos, NM
2000
Poster Artist, Los Jardineros Garden Club Of Taos, NM
1996
Taos Open, Taos, NM Best of Show Award
1994
33rd Annual National Show, PVAL, Fort Collins, CO Honorable Mention

Collections
Mammel Foundation, Omaha, NE
Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
Peter and Madeline Martin Foundation for the Creative  Arts, San Francisco, CA.
El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Springs, Co.

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