Kate Longmaid

Kate Longmaid

Shelburne, VT, United States

About Kate Longmaid

Through a contemporary approach to portraiture, I explore the rich terrain of individual identity and what is revealed in the intimate moments of seeing and being seen. Working in the alla prima tradition, I paint largely from life, seeking to capture a sense of immediacy, freshness, and intimacy in my portraits. From the privileged position of witnessing the other, I seek to convey the unique presence of each subject as well as our shared humanity.

My recent work has taken a new direction in response to the sea change in American politics. The morning after the Women’s March, I awoke with a vision of graffiti scrawled over a portrait. This vision led to a body of reworked portraits, featuring slogans from recent political events, quotations, and my own words. The act of writing over the portraits has been empowering and liberating. Through these portraits I give my self and my subjects a voice. The portraits move from the singular to the universal, merging image with voice.


Art New England, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Bennington, VT. Workshops with David Campbell, 2018, Peri Schwartz, 2016, and Stanley Bielen, 2015.

Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA: Workshops with Catherine Kehoe, 2014, 2013, 2012.

Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT: Advanced Figurative Painting with Gail Salzman, 2005 – 2015.

Portland School of Art, Portland, ME: Monoprinting,1987, Pastel Life Drawing,1986.

Parsons School of Design, New York, NY: Children’s Book Illustration and Writing, 1984.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, B.A. Honors Concentration: Psychology and Art: Theory and Practice,1983.


Studio Visit Magazine Winter 2017-2018 Edition

Featured artist for state of Vermont, Figure50, online national showcase of figurative art. Juried by Maureen Bloomfield. www.Figure50.com, 2016.

Vermont Studio Center Residency Award, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 2010.

Vermont Artists’ Week, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 2009 and 1998.

Shelburne Farms Vermont Studio Center Residency Award, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 1997.


Stripes, BG Project Space Gallery, May, 2018, Santa Monica, CA

Greyscale Wonderland, BG Project Space Gallery, January - February, 2018, Santa Monica, CA

The Other Art Fair, November 2017, Brooklyn Expo Center, NY

Women to Watch 2010: Body of Work: New Perspectives on Figure Painting, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Women to Watch 2010: Contemporary Figurative Painting (traveling group show):

West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park, Stowe, VT

Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College, Castleton, VT

Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, VT

McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael's College, Colchester, VT