Pacific Art League

A passion for art and community since 1921



  • PAL instructor since 2017

  • Courses: Print making;

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Kathryn Kain was born in Toledo, Ohio and studied art at the Cleveland Art Institute, Toledo University and Arizona State before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed a BFA with an emphasis on printmaking at San Jose State University. After further study with Kenjilo Nanao and Misch Kohn at Cal State Hayward, she earned her MFA in printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Nature, nurture and the deep connection between humans and plants inspire her art. Her work features beautifully rendered fruits, flowers and branches that are part of the tradition of the still life and vanitas theme. Selected ephemera, collected images and found papers offer hints of narrative.

Her monotypes, collages and paintings have been shown nationally and internationally. The Fresno Art Museum in Fresno, California presented a solo exhibit of Kain’s work in 2009. This major exhibit featured large-scale drawings with monotype, prints, handmade books and collage panels. The illustrated catalog of this show is entitled “Harvesting Myths”.

Ms. Kain began her work as a master printmaker at Smith Andersen Editios (SAE), a fine art publishing studio devoted to the monotype in Palo Alto, CA in 1991. Owned by director Paula Kirkeby, SAE invited artists from around the world to collaborate on unique and experimental monotype projects, led and executed by Ms. Kain for more then a decade.

With the closure of SAE in 2016 Ms. Kain established her own press, Blu Rose Atelier, an independent fine art press focusing on the monoprint and monotype. Kain’s studio is located in San Francisco at Hunter’s Point Shipyard. With her strong ties to the Bay Area art community Ms. Kain also works as a printmaker and instructor. She has been on the visiting faculty at Stanford University, the San Francisco Art Institute and Santa Clara University, San Jose State University, Blufton College and Dominican University.


  • 2018                  The Gatehouse, Gatehouse at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, St. Helena, CA

    Amid The Whispering LeavesFalcon Art Gallery, Del Rio, TX

    Lingering Light, Collaborative works with Carol Imes Luscombe, Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH

    2017                  Rushes, Sedges and Grasses, Collaborative works with Carol Imes Luscombe, Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH

    Naturselbstdruck, Café Borrone, Menlo Park, CA 

    2016                  Outdoors Close Up, Alderworks Artist and Writers Retreat, Alaska, Dyea, AK

    2015                  Cottage Views, ArtSeed Cottage Residency Program, San Francisco, CA

    Arcadian Duet: Collaborative Works By Kathryn Kain & Kara Maria, Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, CA

    2013                  Gone to Wild, Mohr Gallery, Community School of Music and Arts, Mountain View, CA 

    Kathryn Kain, Cafe Borrone,Menlo Park, CA

    2011                   Recent Work, Cafe Borrone, Menlo Park, CA

    2009                  Harvesting Myths, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA 

    2006                  Kathryn Kain, Cafe Borrone,Menlo Park, CA 

    La ironia inocente de la rosa, Ex Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara, Mexico 

  • Vyne Bistro, San Jose, January-February 2017

  • Pacific Art League, Member exhibition, Palo Alto, January 2017, (Juried, 2nd Place)

  • Not so Heavy Metal II exhibition, Mission College, November 2016, (Juried)

  • Pacific Art League Instructor exhibition, Palo Alto, November 2016

  • More the Merrier show, Art Ark Gallery, November 2016 (Juried)

  • Sand City, September 2016 (Juried)

  • California Clay Competition, May 2016 (Juried)

  • Pacific Art League, "Figure and Faces", May 2016 (Juried)

  • Art Object Gallery, April 2016 (Celebrating International Sculpture day)

  • Art Ark Gallery, March 2016 (Silicon Valley Open Studio preview exhibition)

  • Pacific Art League, Member exhibition, January 2016

  • Group Art Show, Main St Cafe, Los Altos, September 2015

  • Pacific Art League, "Figure and Faces", August 2015 (Juried)