About Kate Stern
As a contemporary art curator living in Los Angeles, Kate Stern conceptualizes and executes large-scale public art installations as well as museum and gallery exhibitions. Raised within a family of writers and artists -creativity is housed in her genes. For the past twenty years, Kate has been fully immersed in a myriad of facets within the contemporary art world including curation, leading art tours locally and in Cuba as well as working with collectors as an art consultant.
Through the strong relationships she has formed with prominent and emerging artists, museum directors, gallerists, city officials and arts councils, her projects lend a compelling balance of sophistication and play.
Currently, Kate’s Museum exhibition, DRESS REHEARSAL, is on view at the Oceanside Museum of Art in Oceanside, CA. This is a passion project for Kate as it is a show she has been developing for the last decade and she is thrilled to see it come to fruition. The exhibition runs from July 2019 to January 2020.
Kate also leads curated art tours for the city of Beverly Hills as well as tours throughout Los Angeles, for private and corporate clients. Most recently, she took a group of 9 art lovers on a luxury Arts and Culteral tour in Cuba and will be returning with a larger group in November for Havana’s 500 Year Celebration.
When doning the hat of Art Consultant, Kate helps clients build their personal collections, whether it be sculptures, paintings or mixed media. She takes special delight in introducing collectors to emerging artists they may not be familiar with and also finding the perfect collector or institution for the artists she loves and champions.
In 2016, Kate put together an exhibition of David Buckingham’s cut and welded found metal wall sculptures featuring quotes from both movies and songs for the Laemmle film center in Santa Monica.
In 2014 and In honor of Beverly Hills’s centennial, Stern curated ARTS OF PALM , the cities largest public art exhibition to date. Twelve large scale sculptures were installed throughout the city where they remained for one year. Prior to that she curated another large-scale public art exhibition entitled Frostig at Large for the city of West Hollywood.
Stern is also the curator of The Frostig Collection.
The Frostig Collection, conceived by Celia and Chris Piazza, launched an unprecedented concept – an ongoing collection of small sculptures made by renowned California artists to raise money specifically for a social skills programs aiding children with learning disabilities, Asperger’s, and high-functioning autism. In addition to cultivating, producing, and selling the expansive Frostig art collection, Stern managed The Frostig Collection’s gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California, working directly with the public in developing private art collections for collectors throughout the United States.
As a guest curator at the Museum of Art and History (MOAH) in Lancaster, CA Kate curated the FROSTIG AT LARGE, exhibition in the fall of 2013, pulling together the work of 24 celebrated California artists including; Ken Price, Ed Moses, Lita Albuquerque, Chris Burden, Nancy Rubins, Frank Gehry, Larry Bell and Gwynn Murrill, showcasing the Frostig Collection with additional large works by these celebrated artists and others.
Kate was also responsible for launching and curating five expansive and thematic SHOW&TELL exhibitions comprising 75 artists and social activists per show for the Zimmer Children’s Museum in Los Angeles from 2003 to 2009.
Through the many projects she’s executed and directed, and the ones she hopes to do in the future, Kate Stern continues to collaborate with a multitude of artists working in a broad range of mediums.