Kathleen Gemberling Adkison

Kathleen Gemberling ADKISON was born Kathleen Parks on July 5, 1917 in Beatrice, Nebraska. She moved to Seattle and studied portraiture, figure and still life art with Leon Derbyshire at Cornish Institute between 1938 and 1942. In 1942 Dr. Richard E. Fuller, founder of the Seattle Art Museum introduced Kathleen to Mark Tobey.  She continued to study privately with Tobey and Morris Graves from 1942 to 1948; she was Tobey’s first female student and his last living protégé.  She was an instructor at Washington State University Extension Service in Spokane in 1953, staying until 1962, was a Visiting Professor of Art at Gonzaga University in 1967-68 and continued teaching evening classes at Gonzaga until her last class in 2004. Kathleen presented the first of 22 solo exhibitions in Seattle in 1957 at Woessner Gallery and in beginning in 1963 she was represented by Gordon Woodside/John Braseth Gallery of Seattle.  Kathleen received numerous art museum surveys of her work during her lifetime, including Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in 1963, 1974 and 1999; Eastern Washington State College in 1967; Washington State University in 1960.  Her abstract expressionist paintings grew out of her love of trekking and hiking; she climbed to the Mt. Everest base camp twice and traveled to England, Canada, Nepal, India, Bhutan, Tibet, Sikkim, Egypt and Greece.  Adkison’s paintings were acquired by Museums and corporate collections nationwide; received numerous national awards from leading art galleries and museums including El Paso Museum of Art; Seattle Art Museum; Henry Gallery; and the Butler Institute of American Art. Kathleen became recognized as a Master Northwest Arts in the 1970’s and continues to share that acknowledgement with fellow abstract artists Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Paul Horiuchi, Kenneth Callahan, Guy Anderson, Victoria Adams, Alden Mason and Margaret Tomkins. During her professional life she participated in 68 competitive juried shows, 9 one woman shows, 40 invitational group shows, 39 selected group exhibitions, and received 22 prizes and mentions nationwide.

An original Giclee print of any painting in Kathleen’s gallery is now offered for sale in our Etsy site. Our prints are centered on a 20 x 24 inch piece of 330 gsm Epson HPB museum quality archival fine art matte paper and fit standard 20 x 24 inch frames. Sets of two to four prints create elegant fine art wall décor presentations.