Artists Registry

Katherine Volpe

Hicksville NY United States

    Statement of Work


    I grew up with the silence of a tragedy. 


    When my father was a first responder and survivor of September 11th, I was seven years old. The challenge in presenting a public pain, is in separating a single story from the world’s witnessed experience. Only through this separation am I able to fully realize my own, raw and uninfluenced memory. Three days later, he came home.

    I am navigating the experience of memory, deconstruction, layers and language. The repetition of written words became a woven shield, revealing and concealing the painting beneath. Specific words and phrases gained power in their abundance.

    My father recently said, “I tried my best to shield it all from you, but you can’t hide things from children. You felt the pain through me as I held you”.


    KATHERINE VOLPE                                                                                     



    EDUCATION                MFA - The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts      Philadelphia, PA 

                                        Masters of Fine Arts, May 2018    


    BFA - Adelphi University      Garden City, NY

    Concentration: Studio Art, Minor: Art History

    Study Abroad: Florence, Experiencing the Italian Renaissance (2015)


    EXPERIENCE              Adelphi University   Garden City, NY

    Adjunct Professor for Department of Art and Art History

    •  First Year Seminar, Wellbeing and Mindfulness in Art Making (2021-Present)

    Adjunct Professor for Department of Continuing and Professional Development

    • Beginning Oil Painting (2021-Present)
    • Watercolor Painting (2023-Present)

                                        Visiting Critic  (December 2018)

    • Led Critique for the undergraduate advanced painting II course at Adelphi. Offered constructive criticism and group dialogue as fourth year students presented their thesis work.

    Studio Assistant   (September 2013 – May 2016)

    • Assisted in the organization, exhibition set-up and classroom prep of Adelphi’s art department.

    Maintained the cleanliness of work spaces, including the drawing studio, painting studio and printshop.


    St. Joseph’s University   Patchogue, NY

    Adjunct Professor for Department of Art and Art History

    Art as Communication, Lecture Seminar (2022-Present)


                                        One River School of Art and Design    Woodbury, NY  2021 - Present

                                        Adult Class Instructor, Intro and Advanced Studio Art

                                        Teen Class Instructor, Portfolio Prep for College Applications


                                        Free Arts NYC

                                        Volunteer Artist Mentor (2021-Present)


    The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts   Philadelphia, PA

                                        Resident Director and Student Life Coordinator   (August 2018 – August 2020)

    • Assistant for Student Led Exhibitions at the PAFA Historic Landmark Building
    • Scheduled, booked, promoted and led large student trips, museums including BMA, Storm King, Dia Beacon, the MET, MoMA and the Whitney.

    Student Activities Assistant  (September 2017 – May 2018)

    Graduate Teaching Assistant  Structure and Form 1 and 2 (August 2017 – May 2018)

    Graduate Assistant Portrait Painting (January 2017 – May 2017)


    George Billis Gallery   Chelsea, NY

                                        Gallery Assistant Internship   (June 2015 – August 2015)



    LECTURES                  2022 Graduation Speaker for Lavender Ceremony, Pride and Multicultural, Adelphi University

                                        2022 Artist Lecture, For the Love of Art, Adelphi University

                                        2021 Summer Artist Lecture, For the Love of Art, Adelphi University

                                        2019 Artist Lecture, Summer High School Program at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

                                        2019 College Art Association Representative and Lecturer, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts


    HONORS                        Nomination for Inliquid Foundation Application (2021)                     

                                             Venture Fund Award Recipient (2018)

    Nomination for Dedalus Foundation Fellowship (2018)                                             

                                        Hugh A. Wilson Excellence in Painting Award (2016)                                   

    Adelphi Research Conference Winner (2016)


    SKILLS                       Proficient in Color Theory, Oil Painting, Watercolor Painting, Acrylic Painting,

    Architectural Drawing, Figure and Gestural Drawing, Anatomy, Collage,

    Mixed Media, Technical Drafting, Monotype Printmaking