Kathleen Trestka is a New York City-based multidisciplinary artist who bridges East and West, ancient and contemporary in her mixed-media paintings and works on paper, drawings, and prints.  

Trestka was a 6-week Solo Artist-In-Residence at The Art Complex Museum, has mentored a Smith College Fine Art Intern under a Praxis Grant, was awarded a Vermont Studio Center Residency Grant, and received a Massachusetts Cultural Council LLC Grant to develop a museum community youth outreach program. She has exhibited at Paula Barr Gallery and Studio 609 in New York, NY, The Art Complex Museum and Snug Harbor Gallery in Duxbury, MA, Provincetown Art Museum and Four Eleven Gallery in Provincetown, MA, Smith College Art Museum Symposium, Hosmer Gallery, and Hillyer Gallery in Northampton, MA, Windham Art Gallery and Canyon Crossing Gallery in Brattleboro, VT, Russell Gallery in Plymouth, MA, Taber Art Gallery and Canal Gallery in Holyoke, MA, Grubbs Gallery, Easthampton City Arts, d.Art Gallery, and New City Art in Easthampton, MA, and at other galleries, alternative spaces, and international juried exhibitions. Her art has been featured on the 6pm & 10pm News on WGBB Springfield News Center 40, in the Allston Street Production film “The Death of David,” in “Textured Lives, Anthology of Women Artists and Writers,” and on the covers of Naugatuck River Review and The Current, Journal of Art and Politics. She was recently featured in an interview for “The Artist Hour” on PAC/TV Channel 40 for broadcast on Boston area stations.  Her art has been reviewed in numerous publications and is in collections in the US and Europe.

She attended Greenfield Community College as a Fine Art major before transferring with a 4.0 to Smith College with a where she graduated with a BA, Summa Cum Laude, Fine Art in 1995 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She has continued her studies at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and Ligmincha International. 

Kathleen Trestka has for several years been a Guest Lecturer at Smith College speaking about the creative process and is a published and award-winning writer and poet. She has been both Art Editor and Associate Poetry Editor for Naugatuck River Review, has designed and written the New York State Art Teacher Certification Test, and judged numerous competitions across Massachusetts for both fine art and poetry including at the Massachusetts State House, Boston. She has been Art Critic for the Brattleboro Reformer and Duxbury Clipper and as Board Member on the Helen Bumpus Gallery Board of Directors, has written all press releases and art reviews for gallery exhibitions. Trestka has taught at the Art Complex Museum in the ongoing community youth outreach project “Complex Collaborations” which she co-designed. She is also a Master-Level Energy Medicine Therapist working in the healing arts. 

Studio visits are welcome and are available by appointment  Please contact the artist through this website or at ktocean37@gmail.com