Kate Joyce

United States 1979



Kate Joyce
Kate Joyce
United States
September 29, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Kate Joyce is an American artist best known for her full-frame (with an aversion to cropping) compositions, but as well as for her newly hybrid of in-camera framing and in-studio cropping.

Joyce was born and grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She earned her BFA in photojournalism at San Francisco State University. Later on, she perfected her artistic education at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University where she studied documentary photography.

In the beginning of her career, Joyce worked for the famous architectural photography studio, Hedrich Blessing, as an apprentice, web designer and staff photographer.

When Joyce mastered the craft at HB, she established her own studio in 2010: Kate Joyce Studios, where she still works mostly on architectural and design projects.

Kate Joyce usually photographs the built environment showing how it is connected to our life. While working on that particular subject, Kate tries to combine emotional awareness with geometry, story and rhythm.

Through her fruitful career, Kate collaborated with various artists such as Rebecca Solnit and Susan Schwartzenberg (on the book titled Hollow City: The Siege of San Francisco and the Crisis of American Urbanism). She worked with an artistic duo Luftwerk, as well as with writer and W. Eugene Smith biographer, Sam Stephenson.

Kate received a Lewis Hine Documentary Initiative Fellowship so she went to Bloemfontein, South Africa where she worked for a year on early childhood education documentary projects with a local NGO. Her work can be found in the collections of The Museum of New Mexico and Duke University Perkins Library Special Collections & Rare Archive. Kate’s work also appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review Daily, Harper’s Magazine, The Chicagoan, Architect Magazine and The New York Times.
Kate has exhibited nationally and internationally. She is represented by Rick Wester Fine Art, NYC.

Kate Joyce lives and works in Chicago.

Image copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Luftwerk's INsite ONviewMatthew Rachman Gallery, Chicago, ILDuo
2015Big, Bent Ears, A multimedia installation about listeningContemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NCGroup
2014The Nature of a CollectiveThe Ukranian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, ILGroup
2014Bull City SummerRick Wester Fine Art, New York, NYSolo
2014Bull City SummerContemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NCSolo
2014Bull City SummerNorth Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NCSolo
2014Not Long HiddenRick Wester Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2012Curvature (an ode to the window seat and Isamu Noguchi's Sky Above 1988)RTKL Chicago Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2012Mimesis, A contemporary photography exhibition311 W. Martin Street Galleries, Raleigh, NCGroup
2012Arches, Loops & Whorls, Fingerprints, Silkscreens & PhotographsESS Audible Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2011You’re Pushing Too HardChicago Art Department, Chicago, ILGroup
2010Art Loop Open CompetitionBlock 37, Chicago ILGroup
2009Beyond Beauty, Photographs from the Duke University Special Collections LibraryNasher Museum of Art, Durham NCGroup
2009GenerationsSanta Fe Arts Commission Gallery, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2008Through the Lens, Creating Santa FeMuseum of New Mexico Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2008Thresholds, Around the Coyote 2008 Fall Arts FestivalChicago, ILGroup
2006AporiaVictoria Price Contemporary Art & Design, Santa Fe, NMDuo
2006Resonance, 11th Annual Photographic CompetitionPhotographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WAGroup
2005The Quench TankArt + Industry, Santa Fe, NMSolo
2005Grassland Phase II, Residents and Government Reshaping South Africa’s Informal SettlementsTerry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University, Durham, NSolo
2004Nomadic Art ExhibitionBloemfontein, South AfricaGroup
2003Peace Is PatrioticArt & Industry, Santa Fe, NMGroup