Kate Mothes, b. 1985

Independent Curator



2014     MSc History of Art, Theory and Display, University of Edinburgh-Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, UK

2008     BA Art History, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA






when you were made: Tshab Her and Victoria Kue, January-February 2019, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

(Title TBA), online exhibition, yngspc.com, January 18 - February 10, 2019

(Title TBA), guest curator, March 1 - 29, 2019, Jackson Dinsdale Art Center, Hastings College, Hastings, NE

(Title TBA) painting group show, Summer 2019, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

Painting Programme, May 2019, Assembly House, Leeds, UK

Collaboration with Far x Wide, Spring/Summer 2019, Brooklyn, NY

(Titles TBA), dual exhibitions at Real Tinsel and Usable Space, Milwaukee, WI



Is it a soft grid or a net?, paintings by Benjamin Cook, Kayla Plosz-Antiel and Jessica Simorte, October 2018, James May Gallery, Algoma, WI

BIG LINKSeptember 14 - October 14, 2018, Standard Projects, Hortonville, WI

CONVEYOR, June 2-3, 2018 during Greenpoint Open Studios, Morgan Fine Arts and Film Center, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

Lightforms, paintings by Heather McKenna, Maria Rendon, Paul Simmons and Nicholas Szymanski, January 22-February 16 2018, Baer Gallery, St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI

TEN x TEN (online), November 15, 2017 - January 5, 2018, yngspc.com

Together With (part 2), September 7 - October 5, 2017, Philip J. Steele Gallery at RMCAD, Denver, CO

Settling the Ghost, July 14 - August 6, 2017, Standard Projects, Hortonville, WI

Together With (part 1), May 5-25, 2017, Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery at Madison Public Library, Madison, WI

Sara Willadsen: Partly Heard Song, August 26 - September 17, 2016, The Draw, Appleton, WI

Matthew Bakkom: Yesterday's Parties, June 24 - August 7, 2016, Match Factory, Hortonville, WI

Match Factory Preview: Sara Willadsen, May 13, 2016, Match Factory, Hortonville, WI

Remote View: a contemporary art exhibition, March 18-27, 2016, Green Bay, WI

re:generation: a contemporary art exhibition, April 10-26, 2015, Appleton, WI

Here and Away: Five Midwestern Photographers, July 3-30, 2015, The ARTgarage, Green Bay, WI




Founder and Coordinator of Young Space (yngspc.com), a platform for emerging artists and art students, 2014-present

Independent curator



(Forthcoming) PADA Studios, Barreira, Lisbon, Portugal



(Forthcoming) Visiting curator, Hastings College, Hastings, NE, 2019

Guest juror, Cambridge Arts Association 2018 Emerging Artists Exhibition, Cambridge, MA, July 5-28, 2018

Visiting curator, Senior painting critiques, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, December 2017

Visiting curator, Senior thesis critiques, Milwaukee College of Art and Design, October & November 2017, April 2018

Visiting curator, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, September 2017

Curator of the Lawton Gallery and Instructor in Arts Management, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Green Bay, WI, 2017-18 academic year

Preparator/Artist Assistant to Monique Prieto and Michael Webster, Great Poor Farm Experiment IX, Manawa, WI, July-August 2017

Audience Engagement and Event Coordinator, ARTiculture Community Supported Arts, Appleton, WI, April 2015-December 2016

Collaborator, The Alley Project, Appleton, WI, June 2015-August 2016

Collaborating organizer, School of the Alternative (formerly Black Mountain School), Black Mountain, NC, 2015-2016

Co-founder and editor with Further West Press, “Goodbye Weekend” quarterly photography publication, 2015-2016

Collaboration with St. Norbert College Art Dept., exhibition design project, De Pere, WI, Fall 2016

Visiting curator, "Design-It-Yourself Gallery" module, Appleton Career Academy, Appleton, WI, March-April 2016

Match Factory, experimental contemporary art space, Hortonville, WI, February-September 2016

Freelance contributing writer to Fox Cities Magazine, Appleton, WI, 2015-2016

Portfolio reviewer, Focus Fest, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, 2016

Panelist, Leadership Fox Cities Arts Day, Appleton, WI, 2016

Judge, Fox Cities Camera Club annual photography salon, Neenah, WI, 2015

Collaborator, Interview Room 11 Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, 2014

Collections Department Intern, The National Trust for Scotland, Edinburgh, UK, 2013-2014

Cataloguer and Visitor Services Associate, The Trout Museum of Art, Appleton, WI, 2012-2013

Volunteer, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI, 2011-2012




Creative Downtown Committee (Appleton Downtown, Inc.), Appleton, WI, 2015

Wisconsin Curators Conversation Group






2016: “Community was a fluid identity,” in Black Mountain Research, organized by Freie Universität Berlin and Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, published by Kerber Verlag, Bielefield

2015: Exhibition catalogue essay for Oak and Iron by Theo Shields, exhibited at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August 8-30, 2015, Dundee, and Glasgow, UK

2014: Exhibition catalogue essay for The Eternal Traveller Syndrome, April 2-26, 2014 in Edinburgh, UK, presented by Interview Room 11 and IberoDocs

2014: Artwork interpretation in exhibition guide for Confessional Art-Art Confessions arranged by ARTIST ROOMS Research Partnership at Edinburgh College of Art in conjunction with National Galleries of Scotland and Tate



2018:  "A Dichotomy of Connection: Place, the Internet, and Curating," The Rib, April 12, 2018.

2014: Creative Review CR Blog Spring 2014 Talent Spotter for Edinburgh and Glasgow schools of art degree exhibitions.

2014: Blog posts on Kenneth Noland and concepts of community on the research site for Black Mountain College. An Interdisciplinary Experiment, 1933-1957, Hamburger-Bahnhoff, Berlin, Summer 2015.



“Is Instagram Changing our Fundamental Relationship to Art?” by Isaac Moss, SLEEK Magazine, November 9, 2018.

"Follow These Instagram Accounts for a Daily Dose of Inspiration," Format Magazine, September 5, 2018.

Interview with Brainard Carey for WYBCX Yale University Radio. January 17, 2018.

Local art authority for 'Artists to Watch 2018,' Fox Cities Magazine, January 2018.

Young Space Exhibition at the Central Library, 8 o' Clock Buzz interview on 89.9 WORT, Madison, WI. May 1, 2017.

Interview, "Integrity is Important," for Architerior, January 24, 2017.

"Former Diner Tranformed," (Match Factory project), Waupaca County News, April 29, 2016.