Kathryn Dunlevie is a photography-based artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. Cathy Kimball, former Executive Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose, writes of Dunlevie’s work: “Through brilliant compositional detail and manipulation, she creates disconcerting, surprising, inexplicable spaces and scenarios.”
Dunlevie has always been intrigued by spatial and temporal inconsistencies, and by every individual’s particular and shifting sense of what is real. Fragmenting, reassembling and layering images, she suggests the fluidity of space and time and the complex psychologies of the entities she portrays.
Born in Atlanta, Dunlevie lived in six different states by the time she was 12, and in Paraguay when she was 16. She has a B.A. in fine arts from Rice University and studied art history and film at the University of Paris, painting at California College of the Arts, and photography in Madrid. She has worked as a bilingual teacher in the public school systems of Boston and Houston, and currently lives in Palo Alto.
She has received numerous awards and fellowships, including two Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Laureate Fellowships. Her work was exhibited at the FotoFest International biennials in Houston from 2002 through 2020, at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China, at Studio Thomas Kellner in Germany, in the United States Art in Embassies Program in Moscow, at Gallery TPW in Toronto and in the United States at San Francisco Camerawork, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, PhotoAlliance, the Southeast Museum of Photography, Stanford University, the Art Museum of the Americas, and the Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose.
Her work has been reviewed in Spain’s La Fotografia Actual, Korea’s photo +, and in Germany’s Profifoto, as well as in The New York Times, Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts, Photo Metro, Artweek, Artlies, Visual Art Source, and AestheticsToday.blogs.