Kathleen Gilrain joined Smack Mellon Studios as Executive Director in October 2000. As the Executive Director she oversee all aspects of Smack Mellon programming including:
Kathleen was the Director of Socrates Sculpture Park in LIC, Queens, NY from 1995 to 2000. As Director she:
Ms. Gilrain has curated exhibitions for galleries, institutions and organizations including Smack Mellon, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus outdoor public art program.
Ms. Gilrain is an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn College where she has taught in the sculpture department since 1998. She has been a visiting lecturer at The Cooper Union in NYC, The Metropolitan State College in Denver and The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Ms. Gilrain has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Marymount College, NYC.
Ms. Gilrain has served on professional selection committees to review applications from both artists and art organizations for: The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Organization Program, Creative Capital Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Queens Art Council, Socrates Sculpture Park and Smack Mellon Studios.
Ms. Gilrain has been a speaker on professional panels at: Hunter College, The City University of New York, for a forum on New York City galleries; Triangle Artists Residency Program, a professional panel about artist’s residency programs; the Dumbo Art Center, a panel of non-profit art organizations in NYC. In 1996 Ms. Gilrain was a Juror for an exhibition at The Cooper Union titled A Large Show of Small Works.
Kathleen Gilrain is an artist who has had several one-person exhibitions and has been included in many group exhibitions. She has created site-specific public sculptures for: Savannah, GA; the City of Ulsan, South Korea; the South Carolina Botanical Garden, SC; the City of Chicago, IL; The Fields Sculpture Park in Ghent, NY; Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City; the City of Providence, RI; the Connemara Conservancy in Dallas, TX; Klenova Castle in Klenova, Czech Republic; and Cergy Pontoise, France.
Ms. Gilrain holds a BFA from The Cooper Union and an MFA from The University Massachusetts, Amherst. She holds a NY State certificate in Art Education, to teach in the NY State public school system. She also studied at New York University’s Graduate Program in Venice, Italy in 1989, and participated in an exchange program in 1982 at Bath Academy of Art in Bath, England.