Kathie Foley-Meyer Bio
Kathie Foley-Meyer is a mixed media artist and arts consultant based in Los Angeles. In her work as a nonprofit arts consultant she is charged with facilitating connections between the organizations and potential funders, artists and collaborators. She has also worked as a graphic designer on behalf of theater companies, museums and other nonprofits. She states, “To me Los Angeles is like an anthropological dig where all of the layers are above-ground. Some of my work has a historical focus, but I also like to explore broader issues of identity, and I enjoy working with text both as a form of communication and as a pure design element. Transparency is another tool I use, along with light and technology.”
In 2016 her glass sculpture Brown People, Glass House was part of the group exhibition SKIN, at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, which explored the subject of race and identity in contemporary American life. She also created an installation for the Georgia T. McClay Friendship Center Gallery at the Pasadena Playhouse for the production of FLY by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan, a play that tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. She used music, photographs and other artifacts from the period, as well as some of her original artwork.
In 2015 she was part of a group of American artists who traveled to Japan and exhibited their work with Japanese artists in Kitakyushu, Ashiya and Kyoto as part of a cultural exchange sponsored by LA Artcore. Her sculpture Brown People, Glass House is featured in Hard-Edged: Geometrical Abstraction and Beyond, a group show at the California African American Museum that runs through April of 2016, and a solo exhibition of photographs and mixed media entitled Memory Parade was on view at LA Artcore in the fall of 2015.
In 2014 she created two interactive installations at the Pasadena Playhouse, in conjunction with the theatrical productions KISS ME, KATE and STOP KISS. For the first production she designed a visual and sound installation highlighting the history of African American theatre, and for the second she fabricated an indoor garden where visitors were encouraged to participate by sharing memories of their first or favorite kiss.
In 2013 she presented Project Bronzeville, a multidisciplinary collaboration inspired by a WWII-era period in Los Angeles history in the early 1940s, when the section of the city known as Little Tokyo became known as Bronzeville after the forced evacuation and internment of Japanese citizens, and the subsequent influx of African Americans from the Southern states fleeing the Jim Crow southern states and seeking opportunity. Events included a solo exhibition of her work at LA Artcore; a run of the play BRONZEVILLE written by Aaron Woolfolk and Tim Toyama by The Robey Theatre Company at Los Angeles Theatre Center; a symposium featuring scholars Dr. Hillary Jenks, Dr. Christopher Jimenez y West, Dr. Anthony Macias, and a jazz concert at the blue whale jazz club in Little Tokyo featuring the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble.
In 2011 her work was exhibited in Artists Unite for Japan, an exhibition by Art From The Ashes (AFTA) and the Japan Society in Culver City, California to benefit victims of the earthquake. Kathie served on the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) Board of Trustees from 2006-2012 and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions).
Kathie received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She studied graphic design in the UCLA Extension Design Communication Arts and Art Center at Night design programs, and neon fabrication at Pilchuck Glass School.