Curriculum Vitae


“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”

/ Aristotle

Kate Mothes, b. 1985
Tillamook, OR

Independent Arts Writer, Curator, and Communications Specialist


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

University of Wisconsin Madison. 2008. BS Art History.

Professional Experience

Dovetail Magazine, Editor and Co-Founder. April 2020-present.

Colossal, Contributing Editor. January 2022-present.

The Bubbler, Communications Strategist. August 2022-present.

We, The Muse, Mentor and Contributor. June 2021-present.

Visual Arts Scotland, Guest curator. 2022.

Collective, Retail Coordinator. Edinburgh, UK. June 2021- September 2022.

Blazar Emerging Art Fair, Moscow, RU. Guest curator and speaker. 2021.

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

Great Poor Farm Experiment IX, Manawa, WI. Preparator/Artist Assistant to Monique Prieto and Michael Webster. 2017, 2018.

Match Factory, Hortonville, WI. Co-founder. 2016.

“Goodbye Weekend” quarterly photography publication. Co-publisher. 2015-2016.

Fox Cities Magazine, Appleton, WI. Contributing writer. 2015-2016.

The Alley Project, Appleton, WI. 2015-2016.

Interview Room 11 Gallery, Edinburgh, UK. Collaborator/Invigilator. 2014.

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

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

Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI. Cataloguer and Volunteer Coordinator. 2011-2012.

Selected Exhibitions

[All online exhibitions may be found at views.yngspc.com/archive]


Eutierria at CARVALHO PARK, Brooklyn, NY. May 17 - June 29, 2024.

Desire Lines at David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO. May 25 - July 13, 2024.


Hangama Amiri: Henna Night/Shabe Kheena, David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO. April 29 - July 15.


Tiger Strikes Asteroid - Brooklyn, NY. August 14 - September 19. Rose Tint: Mark Joshua Epstein, Bianca Fields, Saskia Fleishman, Leah Guadagnoli, and Esther Ruiz

STEAK @ Young Space Views - Online. June 25 - August 1. Colloquialisms: Jinyong Park, Moley Talhaoui and Natan Lawson

STEAK @ Young Space Views - Online. May 7 - June 15. Rush of Spring: Mark Joshua Epstein, Rachel Dinwiddie and Una Ursprung


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


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

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

Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA. Run Straight Through: Michael Nauert, Tahnee Lonsdale, Thom Trojanowski and Kristy Luck. June 15 - August 24.

Greenpoint Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY. Crocodile Tears. June 8-9.

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

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

Jackson Dinsdale Art Center, Hastings, NE. Memory Palace. March 1-30.

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


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

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

Greenpoint Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY. CONVEYOR. June 1-2.

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


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

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

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


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

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


PADA Studios, Lisbon, PT. April 2019.

AucArt LAB curator, London, UK. March 2019.

Visits and appointments

2022 Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK. Curatorial committee participant. 2021/22.

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO. Advisory Board. 2020/21.

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

Hastings College, Hastings, NE. Visiting curator. 2019.

BEERS LONDON. Juror, Contemporary Visions 2019.

Cambridge Arts Association 2018 Emerging Artists Exhibition, Cambridge, MA. Guest juror. 2018.

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

Milwaukee College of Art and Design, Visiting curator and guest critic for senior theses. 2017-present.

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

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

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

Groups and associations

Scottish Contemporary Art Network

Art Curator Grid

Association of Women in the Arts, London, UK.




Catalogue essay for Hangama Amiri, at David B. Smith Gallery, Denver.

Catalogue essay for Michael Velliquette: The song I came to sing at Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO


Catalogue for Michael Velliquette: Creations are Numberless, I Vow to Free Them, at David Shelton Gallery, Houston.

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

Dovetail Magazine. Interviews with Daisy Parris and Shenequa Brooks. Feature articles about Kahlil Robert Irving and Alexandros Vasmoulakis.


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.




Dovetail Magazine


Vickie Vainionpää: Soft Body Dynamics 40, SuperRare, March 30, 2021.


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


Instagram for Visual Artists: A Young Space Resource Guide

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


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

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: 14 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From Katie Bell’s Joyful Ode to the Past to Young Space’s Latest Online Show” Strange Paradigm and Young Space views selected by Katie White, Artnet News, 31 May 2021.

“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.

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