kate d timmerman



Kate Timmerman (b. 1952) is a mixed media artist living and working in Phoenix, Arizona since 1975. Her work capitalizes on the physicality of materials (wax, pigment, wood, plaster, lead and steel) in order to reveal human nature and express experience. The handmade eccentric quality of the painted, stained, carved and layered surfaces turn inert materials to the service of meaning. Fragile Sonoran desert plants, invented quasi human figures, haunting animals, vessels as metaphors and compositions with embedded text all serve her themes of solitude, awareness, reflection and passion.

Timmerman studied art in Italy, New York, Seattle, Maine and Phoenix. Her background includes curatorial positions at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum and the Herberger Theater Center Steele Gallery. In addition to various jurors’ awards, she is the recipient of the 2005 and 2009 Artist Career Development grant from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

In addition to studio work and private commissions she has participated in public art and collaborative community projects with Free Arts of Arizona, Thomas Pappas School for Homeless Youth, the Tempe Public Library, Scottsdale Unified Public Schools, The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the Shemer Art Center, The Herberger Theater Steele Gallery, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and eye lounge contemporary art space.


Wishes to Remain Anonymous, 2009
Layered pigmented wax and paper on panel;
24 x 18 x 2 inches (61 x 45.7 x 5 cm)