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artist , educator

Katherine Mitchell, American Artist, educator. Recipient 2 purchase awards American Academy & Institute Arts & Letters, New York, 1979, Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for Arts regional fellowship for painting & works on paper, 1992; numerous others F C.


Mitchell, Katherine was born on October 25, 1944 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Daughter of Enoch L. and Ara L. (Reed) Mitchell.


Katherine Mitchell was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1944. She received her artist education in Atlanta, Georgia, first at the Atlanta College of Art, where she received a BFA degree (1968), then at Georgia State University, where she received an MFA degree (1977). She also attended the Tyler School of Art in Rome in 1968.

She spent her career in Atlanta, where she continues to reside.


A proponent of minimalism, Mitchell's geometric drawings and paintings are meditative and seek to provide the viewer with a spiritual experience. She has participated in over 100 group and twenty solo exhibitions including those at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Galerie Stil und Bruch, Berlin, Germany and the Factory, Kunsthalle, Krems, Austria. She lectured in drawing and painting at Emory University from 1980 until her retirement in 2009.

Mitchell's Variations on a Theme of Modules (1995-2000), is a mural made of 15,000 square feet of ceramic tile in the Sandy Springs station of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Embedded in the walls of the underground station, the geometric tesserae create visual columns upon the station's structural columns. Her artwork often makes use of an architectural vocabulary to explore psychological space, depicting vaults, stairs, and ziggurats in her paintings and drawings.

Mitchell works abstractly in drawing and painting in various media, and has exhibited in museums and galleries, both nationally and abroad, including The American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters in New York, 1979, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D. C., 1996.


  • Other Work

    • One-artist exhibitions include Katherine Mitchell: A Retrospective, Chastain Gallery, Atlanta, 1991, Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie Stil und Bruch, Berlin, 1993. Group exhibitions include The Avant-Garde: 12 in Atlanta, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 1979, Hassam Fund Purchase Exhibition, The American Academy & Institute Arts & Letters, New York City, 1979. Represented in collections including Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, High Museum Art, Atlanta, Richard B. Russell Federal Office Building, Atlanta, J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville.


Married Edward W. Ross, December 10, 1968 (deceased January 1976). Married Jack L. Lawing, February 25, 1984.

Enoch L. Mitchell

Ara L. (Reed) Mitchell

Edward W. Ross

Jack L. Lawing