Kathy Halper

Kathy Halper

Evanston, IL, United States

About Kathy Halper

I’ve been a professional artist for 25 years. In that time I’ve painted in oil, gouache and acrylic, on canvas, wood and cardboard boxes. I’ve dabbled in printmaking and encaustic and I’ve given blood (I do mean that literally), sweat and tears to the craft of embroidery.

I’ve loved them all and never say never as to what I will do next. What I do know is that I wake up every morning with a need to create art. It is how I connect with the world and express who I am.

My most recent work, started January 2021 is a form of pandemic diary. My life has become very small and given me an opportunity to think about the moments that make up a day. My dog barking, the houses we walk past, the knotty tree I didn’t notice yesterday.

Painting these moments force me, and I hope the viewer, to “realize life while we live it” (to quote Thorton Wilder).

The scenes are rendered not as they are, but as they appear in my mind with flattened shapes, distorted perspectives and romanticized palettes. While the work is primarily oil painting, I have pulled elements from past series to clarify my voice. This includes cardboard layers, outlined shapes and influences of outsider art to infuse the scenes with my humor, humanity and warped look at the world.


I studied advertising in the journalism school of the University of Colorado at Boulder and worked as a copywriter at many of the largest advertising agencies in Chicago before pursuing art. I

I have been a self taught artist for 25 years, constantly challenging myself to learn new techniques and expand my understanding of what my art can say to the world.


My work has been represented by Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, George Billis Gallery in LA and Muriel Guepin in New York City as well as countless museum and gallery exhibits. My embroideries have been shown in Art Basel Miami and have been written about in Huffington Post, art magazines and blogs all over the world.



“What a Day It’s Been” – 1100 Florence Gallery – Evanston, IL
“Epic Party” – George Billis Gallery LA
“TMI (Too Much Information)” – Packer Schopf Gallery
“POS (Parent Over Shoulder)”- Craftland Gallery, Providence, RI
“Friend Me” – Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago
“This is Our Youth” – University of Illinois, Chicago
“Shall We Gather: Narratives of Community” – University of Illinois, Chicago
Union League Club of Chicago
“Hand in Hand: Portraits of the Unsung” – SXU, Saint Xavier University, Chicago
“We All Loved Each Other So Much” – Gallery Mornea, Evanston
“Layers” – ARC Gallery


“3 Embroidery Artists” – Aron Packer Projects – Evanston, IL
“Boundary Lines: Crafting Personal Space” – Florida CraftArt – St. Petersburg, FL
“Language Art” – Cornell Museum – Delray Beach, Fl
“Pro-Text:When Words Enter Visual Art” – Illinois State Museum – Chicago
CONTEXT/Art Miami – Packer Schopf Gallery – As part of Art Basel Miami
“Be Good For Goodness Sake” – Muriel Guépin Gallery – New York City
SOFA Chicago 2013 – Lindsay Gallery – Columbus, Ohio
“17th Annual No Dead Artists” – Jonathan Ferrara Gallery – New Orleans, LA
“On Watching and Being Seen” – Northern Illinois University Art Museum – Dekalb, IL
“Colorful Antics” – George Billis Gallery – Los Angeles
“Public/Private” – Woman Made Gallery – Chicago
SOFA Chicago 2012 – Packer Schopf Gallery – Chicago
“Role/Play” – Kendall College of Art & Design – Grand Rapids, MI (as part of ArtPrize 2012)
“Home is Where the Needle Marks” – poptART Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Inside/Outside the Box” – FiberPhiladelphia 2012, Philadelphia, PN
“National Art Premiere 2012” – Elmhurst Arts Guild, Elmhurst, IL
“Materials Hard & Soft” – Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX
Work by 3 Embroidery Artists – Packer Schopf Gallery in Three Oaks , Michigan
“Play” – Textile Arts Center – Brooklyn, New York
“From the Center: Now!” – Women’s Caucus for Art – Curated by Lucy Lippard
“Positive/Negative 24″ – Slocumb Galleries- East Tennessee State University


“The Bark-a-Lounge”- MetamorFridges Exhibit- ComEd-Chicago
The Peace Tower – Chicago Cultural Center
Recycle the Raindrops – Chicago
“Sketchbook 6″ – Collaboraction Theatre – Chopin Theatre
“Out of the Blue” – Mural project @ O’Hare Airport


Third Place – “National Art Premiere 2012”, Elmhurst Arts Guild, Elmhurst, IL
Best of Show – “Positive/Negative 24″ – Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee University
Best in Show – “New Works by New Artists” – The Art Center, Highland Park
1st Place-Member’s Show – The Art Center, Highland Park
Bruce Livingstone, CEO Saatchi Online, CA
Judith Weisman, Curator – “Inside/Outside the Box”, FiberPhiladelphia. Philadelphia,PN
The Ritz Carlton Highlands – Lake Tahoe
Kraft Corporation
Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington
Northern Illinois Medical Center, McHenry


Kathy Halper: Epic Party at George Billis Gallery – art ltd. magazine – January 2015
Review: No Dead Artists – NOLA Defender – September 2013
Review: No Dead Artists – Best of New Orleans – September 2013
“LMFAO @ ur TMI fail, btw! The art of Kathy Halper” – Sarah Nardi, The Reader – 2013
Embroidery Magazine – UK – May/June 2013
“Kathy Halper/Artist in Residence Series” – video by Joe Gallo Films – 2013
Mother-Musing – February 11, 2013
Huffington Post Arts Page – March 7, 2012
Surface Design Journal – Summer 2012
Artvoices Magazine- Los Angeles – January/February 2012
Highland Park News/Sun-Times Local – August 2012
Daily Candy Chicago – November 10. 2011
Athens Voice – issue 365 – July 2011
Mr. X Stitch – The Cutting (& Stitching Edge) – June 2 2011

Studio Visit Magazine 2010, 2008
Cover art – East on Central – June 2009
TV Interview – “Artist to Artist” – January 2009
“Three for the Show”- Chicago Sun-Times – April 2008
Dateline – News Magazine of the Union League Club of Chicago – February 2008
“Drawing Blood in Bridgeport” – Chicago Sun-Times – Oct. 2007
www.herestobeer.com – Video interview – February 2007
Medill Reports – April 2007