We had the good fortune of connecting with Katharine Miele and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katharine, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important lesson I have learned over the years is that it’s not possible for me to make art for everyone. That is to say, that it’s not possible for every person in the world to own a piece of my artwork. It’s slightly embarrassing to admit this, but as a younger artist, I was jealous of other peoples successes. They were getting more commissions than me, or they were selling more objects. However, it is safe to say that I’ve always wanted everyone in the world to enjoy artwork, and buy artwork. And fortunately, unfortunately, I can’t provide for everyone. And that’s ok.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am most excited about the fact that I’ll (hopefully) be graduating this May with my Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia. It has been such an honor and tremendous growing experience to be a part of this program. I am incredibly excited for life after school and settling into my career. It has been a long time coming and I would not say that it was easy. It’s been a long time coming, and my career path has taken many turns including a stent in architecture school, a period of time just serving tables, and another many years in retail management. I am proud to say that I have learned about more than just art making outside of receiving my formal education. I’d recommend everyone to have at least one of those jobs at some point in their life. When viewing my work now, I would like people to understand that I’ve struggled for over a decade to stay afloat in more ways than one. I make the choice ever day to try and continue to overcome. My artwork is my life’s passion and a constant in my life through all of the changes.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love tacos and margaritas, so I’d like to recommend a couple of my favorite spots: Muchacho for breakfast, Little Rey, Bone Garden, Verde, etc. For Coffee, my favorite is Read Shop by the Merchant in Vining’s. Go for a nice trail walk, on Cochran shoals, the bob Callahan trail, Arabia mountain, or even Kennesaw Mountain. For beers, I love the Brickstore Pub in downtown Decatur or Bookhouse pub off ponce. Oh wow, this is making me miss the days before COVID. Rent a bird scooter or an e-bike and ride it down Piedmont towards Woodruff -There’s a Stone Summit Climbing gym in the basement of Spaces across from the Vortex. Then continue on down towards Edgewoood to end your night at Church Bar.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shout out the Ernest Welch School of art and Design at Georgia State University. If it wasn’t for my amazing professors (specifically Tim Flowers, Matthew Sugarman, Craig Dongoski, Craig Drennen, and others) who nominated me in my final year for an award in painting: The Mary Brock Williams, Atlanta Artist Center Scholarship Award, who encouraged me to apply for graduate school, and and wrote me glowing letters of recommendation that got me into the University of Georgia’s MFA program. They each taught me so much more than just art making techniques, Thanks y’all.