Drawing is immediate gratification. The direct action of making marks is deeply pleasurable. The feeling of dragging charcoal across paper is sensual and profound. I am intrigued by the residue left behind after erasing as much as marks themselves. While I enjoy drawing from life, I see that activity as simply a means to make beautiful marks. In my own work, I use marks as the inspiration to create illusion of form and space.


Kate Ten Eyck creates work inspired by the visceral relationship of the body to the world around it. Some examples include sculptures designed to strap to the body transforming human movement to animal, prints about the relationship between the human body and parasites that might feed upon it, drawings based on the gestural movement of charcoal over large sheets of paper, and most recently, animations.

Kate Ten EyckAs a sculpture student at RISD, Ms. Ten Eyck was involved in experimental theater pieces as well as playing the trumpet in the Brown University jazz band. Upon graduation in 1996, she went to work for Oddfellows Playhouse, a Middletown, CT youth theater program which promotes self-esteem through the performing arts. At Oddfellows, Kate’s responsibilities ranged from working with at-risk youth to designing and building sets for ambitious productions. Drawn to Oddfellows because of their dual social and artistic mission, it was there that the desire to become a foster parent formed. In the years that followed, Kate and her husband, jazz pianist Noah Baerman, became foster and adoptive parents. Together they continue to promote fostering and adopting teenagers as a life-altering and fulfilling path to parenthood.

In the Fall of 2000, Kate began working for Wesleyan University as Art Studio Technician. While working at Wesleyan, she completed her MFA in printmaking at the Hartford Art School. From 2005 to 2007 she was a member of the Lower Lights Collective, a New York-based performance art troupe. With this Collective, Kate contributed music and moving sculpture to performances at several New York venues, including the Chocolate Factory, the BRIC Studio, and Galapagos. In the summer of 2007 she interned with Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover Vermont. She has also collaborated with Noah on several interdisciplinary projects and contributed original compositions to his What It Is and Soul Force albums.

Since becoming involved with stop action animation, Kate has been able to continue to collaborate with other artists (who have provided soundtracks) while exploring imagery related to the environment and also social causes. The animations involve drawing and erasing thousands of images on one sheet of paper to create the illusion of movement. Animation has allowed her to explore a new realm that combines visual imagery and sound, and those endeavors as well as recent live improvised drawing and music events have been produced through her relationship with the non-profit Resonant Motion.

Kate Ten Eyck is now an assistant professor of art at Wesleyan as well as the Art Studio Technician. Embracing elements of multiple art forms and the enrichment of teaching and parenting, her work continues to grow and evolve.


1996 B.F.A. in Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI • Honors
2005 M.F.A. in Printmaking, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
2007 Bread and Puppet Internship, Glover, Vermont

2012 "Voids, Portals and Passageways" Paul Melon Arts Center, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT
2005 "Be My Guest," Silpe Gallery, Hartford, CT
2001 "Recent Work," Datura, Middletown, CT
1999 "Prints and Sculpture," Hartford Courant Gallery, Oddfellows Playhouse, Middletown, CT

2016 “Not Your Mother’s Drawing Show” Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT
2014 “Charcoal!” Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
2011 "Three's Company" Middnight on Main 2012, Middletown, CT
2007 "Faculty Show" Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
2007 "Other Worlds: Fact and Fiction" Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
2007 "Cram," The Chocolate Factory, Long Island City, NY
2005 "Drawn," The Chocolate Factory, Long Island City, NY
2005 "The Human Body Show," NOMA Gallery, Middletown, CT
2004 "Emerging," Philip Alan Gallery, New York, NY
2003 "Painting/Printmaking/Photography: New Work," Philip Alan Gallery, New York, NY
2002 "Breathing: Work By Kate Ten Eyck and Patricia Carrigan," The Pump House Gallery,
Hartford, CT
2002 "Faculty and Alumnae Sculpture Biennial," Woods-Gerry, Providence, RI

2011 "Hartford Art School Alumni Juried Show," Silpe Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
2003 "Alexander A. Goldfarb Annual Student Awards Exhibition," Joseloff Gallery, University of
Hartford, Hartford, CT
2002 "Student Juried Exhibition of Prints" Southern Graphics Council, Collins C. Diboll Gallery,
Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
2001 "34th Annual Open Juried Show," Canton Artists' Guild, Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT
Award Recipient
2000 "Alexander A. Goldfarb Annual Student Awards Exhibition," Joseloff Gallery, University of
Hartford, Hartford, CT

2016 Feet to the Fire Creation Grant
2002 Dalsouple 100% Rubber International Design Competition, London, UK
Highly Commended
1996 Most Outstanding Sculpture Senior, Rhode Island School of Design
1994-1995 European Honors Program, Rhode Island School of Design
1994 Sylvia Leslie Young Award, Rhode Island School of Design

2000- Art Studio Technician, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
2006, 2010 Visiting Assistant Professor of Printmaking, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
2007-2009, 2011-2012 Visiting Assistant Professor of Drawing, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

The Amity Art Foundation, Woodbridge, CT
Private Collections

Printmaking (including monotype, relief, intaglio, and lithography)
Figure drawing
Figure modeling

David Schorr, Professor of Art, Wesleyan University
Pam Tatge, Director, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University
Dawn Revett, Artist
Nancy Wolfe, Director, Center for Creative Youth
Sherry Buckberrough, Professor of Art History, University of Hartford