Kathleen Cosgrove



As a full-time practicing artist, I divide my time between my studio in Vancouver Washington, my beach studio in Manzanita, Oregon and traveling and studying art from other cultures.

Kathleen Cosgrove in her studio

Growing up in Berkeley, California in the 1960s I was raised by parents who were polar opposites from one another. My father, a conservative businessman, my mother a social liberal, were bound together by a fiery passion, which I never understood. This diametric pattern of extremes: seeking the stability yet craving the excitement of fighting for ones convictions, was established early on in my life, as was the expectation that I was to make a difference. My preoccupation with color and design seemed frivolous next to the daunting task of making the world a better place so I set aside my love for art in pursuit of“truth and justice”. I became a lobbyist.

Over time, my lobby practice came to focus on advocating for the arts. "Truth and justice", shifted from being an external pursuit, to being more of a personal commitment that guided me in selling my firm and returning to art school.

More than a decade has passed since graduating from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Now the rich dichotomy of extremes, along with intensity and passion can be found in my art.

Though I use a range of materials and techniques,my art is infused with a singular message: "we are all connected - to one another, to the earth, to those who came before us and those who will follow."

Kathleen Curtis Cosgrove, Artist
Studios in Vancouver Washington and Manzanita Oregon

B.S. Public Affairs, University of Oregon, 1974
MBA studies University of Portland, 1987-1989
BFA Pacific Northwest College of Art, 2003
Independent Study –

  • Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy, 2002
  • PNCA, Encaustics with Jef Gunn, 2011-2012, 2016
  • Encaustic Workshops, Annual 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th International Encaustic Conference, Truro, Mass, 2012 and 2017


  • Coast Gallery, - Manzanita, Oregon.  Currently showing
  • Portland Encaustic Five, Oregon State University Gallery. Corvallis Oregon (One of Five featured artists, March 7-May 5, 2017)
  • Length x Width x Depth, Conrad Wilde Gallery Tucson, Arizona. (National Juried Show, April 2-May 21 2016)
  • Boomerang Gallery, Vancouver, Washington. (Group Show, August 5 - 27th, 2016)
  • Alki Gallery, Seattle, Washington (Group Shows 2015)
  • EAFA 39th Annual Exhibition, Seattle Design Center. (National Juried Show November 5- January 3, 2015)
  • Universal Truth, Walters Cultural Center, Hillsboro, Oregon. (Solo Show June 3-July 27, 2015)
  • Hive, Art on Broadway, Beaverton, Oregon. (Group Show October 6-27 2015)
  • National Association of Women Artists, New York City (National Juried Group Show, October 1 –29, 2014 )
  • Wax Effects, Art Central, San Luis Obispo, California (Group Show, August 1- September 2, 2014)
  • Unbound(ed), Morpho Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, (Group Show, August 1 – 31, 2014)
  • Seven – Castle Hill, Truro, Mass. (Juried Group Show, May 21-June 7, 2013)
  • Out of Africa – Private Exhibition and Sale, Portland, Oregon (March 2013)
  • Out of Africa – Encaustic Exhibition Local Business, Portland, Oregon (Solo Show, November 2012)
  • Group Show, Voorhies Fine Arts Library, Portland, Oregon (May 2006)
  • Art for Life Cascade AIDS Art Auction, Portland, Oregon (Juried selection, 2003, 2004, 2006)
  • Up Close in Pink – Susan G. Komen Foundation, Portland, Oregon (Juried Group Show, September 2003)
  • Marquam Hill Art Exhibition – Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon (Juried Group 2003)
  • New Proof – Swigert Commons PNCA, Portland, Oregon (Group Print Show 2003)
  • Large Women and other Beautiful Things from Nature – Feldman Gallery, PNCA, Portland, Oregon (Solo Show, 2002


  • EAFA 39TH Annual Exhibition,  3rd Place Best in Show for Clear Skies, November 2014
  • National Association of Women Artists, Two of the three Best In Show, for Rusted Squares and Not Even the Rain


  • Portland Art Museum, Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts – Origins, Collagraph
  • Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership Collection – A River Runs Through It, 4’ x 6’ Acrylic Painting on Canvas


  • A River runs Through It, Limited Edition Print and Open Run sold at REI Retail Stores throughout the Pacific Northwest (2003)
  • Studio Visit, Volume 24,  Winter 2013

Cultural Advocacy Positions

  • Cultural Advocacy Coalition, Executive Director and State Lobbyist
  • Oregon Cultural Trust, Board of Directors
  • Cultural Advocacy Network (CAN), Founder, and Executive Director
  • Northwest Business Council for the Arts, Board of Directors and Chair of the Public Affairs Committee.
  • Oregon Ballet Theatre, President, Board of Directors and an Interim Executive Director
  • Director Creative Capacity Project, Project Manager
  • Oregon College of Art and Craft, Auction Coordinator for Art on the Vine 2011



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