Kathy Whaley Ammon's paintings are a response to personal experience and world events. The work speaks universally to humanity's need for love and communion with others. The paintings are not portraits but representative of all people and are bold, expressive images of life and the experiences that give life substance.
Kathy credits her southern childhood experiences of small town life, big extended family and strong foundation of faith with her passion for creating works that explore concepts of love, relationship and spirituality.
Ammon received her formal training in painting through a BA in painting through combined studies at the University of South Carolina and the University of Texas at Dallas.
From 1985 -1988 Kathy studied painting with Frits van Eeden, a renowned artist and member of the Pulchri Arts Society of The Hague, Netherlands. During that time while residing in Florida, Ammon was an art instructor, with Creative Arts for Kids, a program she developed for private schools and child care organizations. She closed this business in 1988 in order to focus full time on her art.
Since 1988, Kathy established her career as a professional artist, actively exhibiting in juried shows and obtaining representation by local and regional galleries. She moved to Raleigh NC in 1994 and was juried into Artspace in 1997 where she currently has her studio. Her studio is open to the public and located in the heart of Raleigh NC at Artspace, a visual art center of artist studios and galleries. Kathy resides outside of Raleigh in the small town of Apex NC with her husband and family.
Private and corporate collections include Louisburg College, Chapel, Louisburg, NC; The Navigators, Colorado Springs, CO; Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, Raleigh NC; Urban Ministries, Raleigh NC; The Alliance for Children Everywhere, the House of Moses, Zambia Africa; Apex United Methodist Church, Apex NC; High School Athletic Association, Chapel Hill NC; Xavier Roberts, Atlanta Ga; SAS Institute International; Disney World International; Fuquay Varina UMC, Fuquay Varina NC; Glenview Corporation of Ontario Canada.
Highlighted exhibitions include the Longview Center in Raleigh NC; Target Gallery in Washington DC; Louisburg College, Louisburg NC; Rosenthal gallery of Fayetteville State University NC; Artspace in Raleigh NC; Durham Arts Council of NC; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Fayetteville Museum of Art; and Brevard Art Center and Museum, Melbourne Fl.
Publication - In 2007, Ammon received a grant from the United Arts Council to publish a book of her Road to Damascus exhibition. This book showcases a collection of 25 paintings that is considered some of the most significant work of her career. This series communicates a timely message of the fundamental need for love and the communion of faith in a world of change.
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