history of me, kay bradner & my art-making


          1947    Walpole, Massachusetts


          1972     BA   Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

          1975     MFA   California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA


          1998     Moulin de Pilande Basse, Plaissance, France

Solo Exhibits:

          2017      Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA "Haven"

          2012     WHRC Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Ducks and Dogs”

          2011     Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA “fluid mechanics”

          2011     Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA “On Water”

          2009     Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA  “Tender Observation”

          2008     Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA  “Unfurled”

          2006     Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA  “Aloft”

          2006     Institute of Health & Healing, San Francisco, CA “one painter, one poet”

                               with Kathy Evans, poet

          2005     CFA Gallery, San Anselmo, CA “Afloat”

          2005     Women's Health Resource Center, San Francisco, CA

                               “boats as metaphors for healing”

          2004     Atrium Gallery, Marin General Hospital, Corte Madera, CA

                               “Water & Boats, Memories & Metaphors”

          2001     Institute of Health & Healing, San Francisco, CA “visualizing”

          1999     bradford-smock gallery, San Francisco, CA “What kind of Fractal is a Duck?”

          1997     emmie smock gallery, San Francisco, CA “Paintings”

          1995     Le Petit Cafe, San Francisco, CA

          1991     Syd Entel Gallery, Safety Harbor, FL

          1990     Harvard Coop, Cambridge, MA

          1988     Nancy Teague Gallery, Seattle, WA

          1975     Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland, CA

          1973     Burnet Gallery, Amherst, MA “color studies”

Group Exhibits:

          2017     Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA "Dog Days of Summer"

          2016     Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA "Gallery Figures"     

          2016     Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA "Chill"

          2015     Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA “Terra Cognita, Nature in Art”

          2014     Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA “Liquid”

          2014     San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA “Water Paper Stone”

          2014      Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA “The Art of the Book”

          2005     Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Introductions”

          2005     Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA “looking back, stepping forward”

          2004     Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA “Marin Quilt & Needle Arts Show”

                               1st prize for quilt  (at least that's what someone told me)

          2003     Women's Cancer Resource Center, Oakland, CA “animal art”

          2000     Maxwell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

          1999     Gallery Concord, Concord, CA “Print Variations on a Musical Theme”

          1998     Atrium Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Home Front” 2 person with Christine Hanlon

          1994     Le Petit Cafe, San Francisco, CA “Impromptu” featuring collaborative book

                             with Headlands group: Charles Hobson, Kathy Evans & Tom Centolella  

          1993     Edith Caldwell Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Artists' Self Portraits in Black & White”

          1992     West Side Gallery, Berkeley, CA

          1985     Euphrat Gallery, Cupertino, CA “Face to Face”

          1985     Pratt, New York City, NY “Pratt Annual Printmaking Competition”

          1984     The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA “60th Annual Print Show” honorable mention

          1983     Euphrat Gallry, Cupertino, CA “Printers as Artists”

          1974     SFMOMA, (group show)”six printmakers”, San Francisco, CA

          1974     Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR  “Oregon Artists Under 35”

          1974      Silvermine Artists Guild, New Caanan, CT “10th National Print Exhibition”                                                            


          Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR

          Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

          Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, San Francisco, CA

          San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA


          1991-1997 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA -etching

          1995 Urban School, San Francisco, CA high school - etching & drawing

          1976-1979 California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA - etching & photo etching

          1979 University of California at Davis, Davis, CA - graphic arts photography

I am over 70 now and so there is a long way to look back. The short version: I had an idyllic childhood with 5 brothers in a house my father built next to a waterfall in the woods south of Boston. I came west to San Francisco after a few years in New York City and Oregon. After getting my masters in printmaking, I had a fine arts press working with lots of artists with lots of printers for about 10 years. I had a baby and changed my job from helping others to make art, to making art of my own. I have had the very good luck to have kind and skillful galleries to help me. Now I play with my grandchildren and paint. I have always liked puttering on projects. Painting and playing with children have been interesting and fun projects.

Kay and Claire with Maryanne Boers,working on her etching in the 1980's

photo by Diana Crane Citret

Kay with Claire's baby in 2015

photo by Claire Kessler-Bradner

Kay in the 1950's

photo by Mead Bradner