Catherine Kernan was born in Cooperstown, New York in 1948 and grew up in many parts of the world. She attended Wellesley College, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cooper Union in New York City, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin/Madison. Currently she has studios in Somerville, Massachusetts, where she is co-owner of Mixit Print Studio, and South Worcester, New York. In addition to conducting many workshops and critique sessions, she has held teaching appointments at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Wellesley College, Pine Manor College, and Vermont College of Norwich University.
Drawing on images gathered "a plein air" while on painting trips, Kernan works in her studio using a variety of painting and printmaking media. In recent years her imagery has concentrated on tightly focused, closely examined sequential segments of landscape, involving the viewer by means of active and rhythmic spatial shifts. Distortions and interference patterns caused by layers of moving, reflecting water surfaces serve to abstract and transcend particularity of place.
Ms. Kernan's work is regularly exhibited in private galleries across the country, national & international juried exhibitions, and invitational shows. Many private, and corporate collections own her work, as well as public collections, including: Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Boston Public Library, Grunewald Collection, New York Public Library, Library of Congress, Detroit Institute of Art, Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University, and the Fogg Art Museum. She has been awarded residencies at the Balliunglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo, Ireland (1992, 1993, 1994), the MacDowell Colony (1986) and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (1989).