Kate Mothes


Kate Mothes, b. 1985

Independent Curator


2014     MSc History of Art, Theory and Display, University of Edinburgh-Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, UK

2008     BA Art History, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA



TBA. Mark Joshua Epstein, Saskia Fleishman, Leah Guadagnoli, and Esther Ruiz, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY

TBA (June). Beers London


MIRROR EYE in collaboration with Far x Wide to benefit Art Start, January 3-5, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY


Yulia Iosilzon: Paradeisos, Carvalho Park, October 18-November 24, Brooklyn, NY

Dreamboat: Justin Liam O’Brien, Colin Radcliffe and Mark Zubrovich, Real Tinsel, September 6-October 12, Milwaukee, WI (forthcoming)

Run Straight Through, June 15 - August 24, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

Crocodile Tears, June 8-9, Morgan Fine Arts Building, Brooklyn, NY

Wolves by the Road: Emma Fineman, Aly Helyer, Yulia Iosilzon, Francisco Rodriguez and Anna Jung Seo, May 16 - June 5, Assembly House, Leeds, UK

I could go on forever: Juliette Ezavin, Alia Hamaoui, Tintin Cooper, Dord Burrough, Anne-Marie Cosgrove and Saskia Fleishman, PADA Studios April Residency exhibition, April 28, Lisbon, Portugal

AucArt LAB residency exhibition: Rene Gonzalez, Lee Kay-Barry, Sin Park, Harry Rudham, Mateusz von Motz, AucArt LAB, March 28, 2019, London, UK

Where we once were someone, online exhibition, April 1-21, yngspc.com/exhibitions

Memory Palace, March 1 - 29, Jackson Dinsdale Art Center, Hastings College, Hastings, NE

when you were made: Tshab Her and Victoria Kue, January 11 - March 8, Wriston Galleries at Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

SALAD DAYS, online exhibition, January 18 - February 10, yngspc.com/exhibitions


Is it a soft grid or a net?, paintings by Benjamin Cook, Kayla Plosz-Antiel and Jessica Simorte, October, James May Gallery, Algoma, WI

BIG LINK, September 14 - October 14, Standard Projects, Hortonville, WI

CONVEYOR, June 2-3, during Greenpoint Open Studios, Morgan Fine Arts and Film Center, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

Lightforms, paintings by Heather McKenna, Maria Rendon, Paul Simmons and Nicholas Szymanski, January 22-February 16 Baer Gallery, St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI


TEN x TEN (online), November 15, 2017 - January 5, 2018, yngspc.com

Together With (part 2), September 7 - October 5, Philip J. Steele Gallery at RMCAD, Denver, CO

Settling the Ghost, July 14 - August 6, Standard Projects, Hortonville, WI

Together With (part 1), May 5-25, Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery at Madison Public Library, Madison, WI


Sara Willadsen: Partly Heard Song, August 26 - September 17, The Draw, Appleton, WI

Matthew Bakkom: Yesterday's Parties, June 24 - August 7, Match Factory, Hortonville, WI

Match Factory Preview: Sara Willadsen, May 13, Match Factory, Hortonville, WI

Remote View: a contemporary art exhibition, March 18-27, Green Bay, WI


re:generation: a contemporary art exhibition, April 10-26, Appleton, WI

Here and Away: Five Midwestern Photographers, July 3-30, The ARTgarage, Green Bay, WI


Founder and Coordinator of Young Space (yngspc.com), a platform for emerging artists and art students, 2014-present

Independent curator


PADA Studios, April 2019, Barreiro (Lisbon), Portugal

AucArt LAB curator, March 2019, London, UK


Curator of the Lawton Gallery and Instructor in Arts Management, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Green Bay, WI, 2017-18 academic year

Preparator/Artist Assistant to Monique Prieto and Michael Webster, Great Poor Farm Experiment IX (Brad Killam and Michelle Grabner), Manawa, WI, July-August 2017

Audience Engagement and Event Coordinator, ARTiculture Community Supported Arts, Appleton, WI, April 2015-December 2016

Match Factory, experimental contemporary art space, Hortonville, WI, February-September 2016

Co-founder and editor with Further West Press, “Goodbye Weekend” quarterly photography publication, 2015-2016

Collaborator, The Alley Project, Appleton, WI, June 2015-August 2016

Collaborator, Interview Room 11 Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, 2014

Collections Department Intern, The National Trust for Scotland, Edinburgh, UK, 2013-2014

Cataloguer and Visitor Services Associate, The Trout Museum of Art, Appleton, WI, 2012-2013

Volunteer, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI, 2011-2012


Juror, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design 56th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, 2019

(Forthcoming) Visiting curator, Hastings College, Hastings, NE, 2019

Juror, BEERS LONDON Contemporary Visions 2019

Guest juror, Cambridge Arts Association 2018 Emerging Artists Exhibition, Cambridge, MA, July 5-28, 2018

Visiting curator, Senior painting critiques, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, December 2017, 2018

Visiting curator, Senior thesis critiques, Milwaukee College of Art and Design, October & November 2017, April 2018

Visiting curator, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, September 2017

Collaborating organizer, School of the Alternative (formerly Black Mountain School), Black Mountain, NC, 2015-2016

Collaboration with St. Norbert College Art Dept., exhibition design project, De Pere, WI, Fall 2016

Visiting curator, "Design-It-Yourself Gallery" module, Appleton Career Academy, Appleton, WI, March-April 2016

Freelance contributing writer to Fox Cities Magazine, Appleton, WI, 2015-2016

Portfolio reviewer, Focus Fest, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, 2016

Panelist, Leadership Fox Cities Arts Day, Appleton, WI, 2016


Independent Curators International

Member, Advisory Board, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO, 2020-21

Association of Women in the Arts

Wisconsin Curators Conversation Group





“How Did I Get Here? Confessions of an itinerant art person,” FSM, Volume 1, Issue 2, March 2020 


Introduction for PADA Studios catalogue, CAPITULO I, April 2019

Case study for Selling Art Online (revised edition), theprintspace / creativehub


Attitudes exhibition catalogue, three questions for Mevlana Lipp. LM Gallery Arte Contemporanea. December 15, 2018 - January 26, 2019, Latina, Italy


“Community was a fluid identity,” in Black Mountain Research, organized by Freie Universität Berlin and Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, published by Kerber Verlag, Bielefield


Exhibition catalogue essay for Oak and Iron by Theo Shields, exhibited at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August 8-30, 2015, Dundee, and Glasgow, UK


Exhibition catalogue essay for The Eternal Traveller Syndrome, April 2-26, 2014 in Edinburgh, UK, presented by Interview Room 11 and IberoDocs

Artwork interpretation in exhibition guide for Confessional Art-Art Confessions arranged by ARTIST ROOMS Research Partnership at Edinburgh College of Art in conjunction with National Galleries of Scotland and Tate


2019: “Who is it real for? The internet as vehicle,” Delphian Magazine, February 4, 2019.

2018: Instagram for Visual Artists: A Young Space Resource Guide

2018:  "A Dichotomy of Connection: Place, the Internet, and Curating," The Rib, April 12, 2018.

2014: Creative Review CR Blog Spring 2014 Talent Spotter for Edinburgh and Glasgow schools of art degree exhibitions.

2014: Blog posts on Kenneth Noland and concepts of community on the research site for Black Mountain College. An Interdisciplinary Experiment, 1933-1957, Hamburger-Bahnhoff, Berlin, Summer 2015.


“Editors’ Picks: 11 Events for your Art Calendar This Week” 20 Seconds or More and Young Space Views selected by Neha Jambhekar, Artnet News, 15 February 2021.

“Editors’ Picks: 16 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week,” LIFE in a PRESSURE COOKER and Young Space Views selected by Neha Jambhekar, Artnet News, 19 October 2020.

“Interview with Alex Paik,” discusses Systems Approach, Maake Magazine, 2020.

Keep for Old Memoirs and Young Space Views in Meio Newsletter, Brazil, 20 May 2020.

“Editors’ Picks: 14 Things Not to Miss in the Virtual Art World This Week,” Keep for Old Memoirs and Young Space Views selected by Neha Jambhekar, Artnet News, 18 May 2020.

“Cancellations, unpaid bills, eviction threats: Inside the grim reality of being an artist right now,” by Moira Ness, CBC, 3 April 2020.

“For the Love of Art: Curating and Starting Young Space with Kate Mothes,” Art and Cocktails Podcast, 27 February 2020.

“Yulia Iosilzon: Trapped in paradise,” by Catherine Haggarty for Two Coats of Paint, 21 November 2019.

Editor’s Pick, Yulia Iosilzon: Paradeisos at Carvalho Park, ArtNet, 18 November 2019.

Yulia Iosilzon Interview, FAD Magazine, November 4, 2019.

“Paradeisos: Yulia Iosilzon @ CARVALHO PARK,” Juxtapoz Magazine, October 24, 2019.

“Curator Kate Mothes,” I Like Your Work Podcast, October 4, 2019.

“Wolves by the Road,” Afterview art review, May 2019.

“National juried exhibition to open at Hastings College,” Hastings College news, February 26, 2019.

“Hastings College host national juried exhibition,” The Grand Island Independent, February 27, 2019.

“Interview with Tim Ralson and Diana Cerezino, Founders of PADA Studios, Gallery and Residency” (features mention of PADA collaboration) by Katharina Wenzel-Vollenbroich, ArtPiq, February 8, 2019.

“Hmong-Americans Showcase Reaction to Culture in Art Exhibit,” Wisconsin Public Radio, January 25, 2019.

“Is Instagram Changing our Fundamental Relationship to Art?” by Isaac Moss, SLEEK Magazine, November 9, 2018.

"Follow These Instagram Accounts for a Daily Dose of Inspiration," Format Magazine, September 5, 2018.

Interview with Brainard Carey for WYBCX Yale University Radio. January 17, 2018.

Local art authority for 'Artists to Watch 2018,' Fox Cities Magazine, January 2018.

Young Space Exhibition at the Central Library, 8 o' Clock Buzz interview on 89.9 WORT, Madison, WI. May 1, 2017.

Interview, "Integrity is Important," for Architerior, January 24, 2017.

"Former Diner Tranformed," (Match Factory project), Waupaca County News, April 29, 2016.