American  Contemporary



B. Seoul, Korea


Kate Sammons has almost instantaneously become one of the most well-known and esteemed female artists in Contemporary Realism. Born in Seoul, Korea and adopted by a family in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, Sammons developed a love for culture, humanism and beauty early on, which manifested in her desire to capture the world around her through painting and drawing. After receiving her baccalaureate degree in painting at the University of Illinois, Urbana, she continued her academic studies at Angel Art Academy in Florence, Italy, Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, and, finally, The Waichulis Studio in Luzerne, Pennsylvania.


Sammons’ beautifully executed and highly finished pieces are at once impressive and approachable. Infusing the vibrantly contrasting and opulent color palette and composition of Vermeer, the humanism of the lauded portraits of the Renaissance and a subtle nod to Magritte, she breathes a special and authentic freshness into her paintings. Her use of Prussian blue, whether as a focal point or a minor contrivance, is divine, and her exacting portraits achieve a certain softness through their mood, their ability to communicate the sitter’s feeling and power.


Galleries in Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Cape Cod, Denver and Scottsdale represent Kate Sammons’s work, and she has participated in museum exhibitions in the US and abroad, most notably at the National Portrait Gallery, the Butler Institute of American Art and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Although her career has just begun, she has already acquired an impressive amount of honors from numerous organizations, including the Portrait Society of America, The Artist’s Magazine and Art Renewal Center. Kate Sammons also teaches at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art






2006 – 2010 Journeyman Certificate, The Waichulis Studio, Luzerne, PA

2004 – 2006 Studio Incamminati- Portrait and Figure Painting, Philadelphia, PA

2003 – 2004 Angel Academy of Art- Classical Drawing, Florence, Italy

1999 – 2002 BFA painting, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Selected Awards and Scholarships:

2013      Portrait Society of America Members Competition 2nd and 4th place

2012      Art Renewal Center Finalist Drawing

2011       The Artist’s Magazine 28th Annual Competition, Honorable Mention Still Life

2011       Art Renewal Center Honorable Mention Figurative

2011       Art Renewal Center Finalist Still Life

2011       Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Fine Art Connoisseur Award for Still Life

2010       Portrait Society of America Honor Award

2010       Artist Magazine International Portrait Competition Finalist

2010       Art Renewal Center Award for Best Portrait

2010       Art Renewal Center Salon International Still Life Finalist

2009       National Portrait Gallery Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Finalist

2009       The Artist’s Magazine All Media Competition First Place Award

2008       American Artist Magazine Drawing Cover Competition Finalist

2007       Art Renewal Center Scholarship Award

2007       Art Renewal Center Purchase Award

2007       Artist Magazine International Still Life Competition Second Place Award

2007       Artist Magazine International Portrait Competition Finalist

2007       Portrait Society of America Honor’s Award

2005       Studio Incamminati Tuition Scholarship

2002       University of Illinois Bronze Tablet Honors (Top 3% of graduating class)

2001       University of Illinois Art Scholarship Grant


Selected  Exhibitions

2014     Collins Galleries, Small Works, Orleans, MA

2013     Brennen Galleries, LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA

2012     Collins Galleries, Small Works, Orleans, MA

2012     Collins Galleries, Still Life Paintings, Orleans, MA

2012      Collins Galleries, The Figure, Orleans, MA

2012      Gallery 1261, Group Challenge, Denver, CO

2012      Bennington Art Center, Artists for the New Century, Bennington, VT

2012      Legacy Gallery, Traditional Impressions, Scottsdale, AZ

2012      Brennen Galleries, LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA

2011     Gallery 1261, Group Exhibition, Denver CO

2011      Legacy Gallery , Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ

2011      California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena, CA

2011      Legacy Gallery, Traditional Impressions, Scottsdale, AZ

2010     Gallery 1261, Small Works, Denver CO

2010     Legacy Gallery, Drawing Show, Scottsdale AZ

2010     Gallery 1261, Daniel Keys, Kate Sammons, Quang Ho and Tony Hochstetler, Denver, CO

2010     Butler Institute of American Art, “Inspiring Figures”, Youngstown, OH

2010     Portrait Soceity of America International Exhibition, Washington, DC

2010     7th International Art Renewal Center Salon

2009     Meyer Gallery, “Trompe L'oeil Invitational”, Santa Fe, NM

2009     Pauly Friedman Gallery, “Capturing Realism”, Dallas, PA

2009    .National Portrait Gallery Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition

2009     6th International Art Renewal Center Salon, Top Drawing Finalists 2009     The Artist's Magazine All Media Online Exhibition

2008      Atlanta Art Gallery, “Realism Invitational 2008”, Atlanta GA

2008      5th International Art Renewal Center Salon, Top Drawing Finalists

2008      Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition and Exhibition

2008      Ft Wayne Museum of Art “2008 Biennial, American Contemporary Realism”, Ft Wayne, IN

2007      Atlanta Art Gallery, "The Beginning: The Art of Drawing", Atlanta, GA

2007      San Marino Gallery "The Waichulis Studio 2007", Pasadena, CA

2007      Kyung-Hee University Gallery, "Visions from the Periphery", Seoul, Korea

2007      Salmagundi Club Non-Members Juried Exhibition, New York, NY

2007      Portrait Society of America International Exhibition, Washington, DC


Selected Publications:

2012      Sketchbook Confidential 2, Pamela Wissman,Northlight Book Publications

2012      American Art Collector, Traditional Impressions

2012      LA Art Show, Panel Discussion: Realism Today: Old Methods, New Visions

2012      Fine Art Connoisseur, Peter Trippi, “Open to Beauty”

2011      Southwest Art, August Issue, Bonnie Ganglehoff, “Creating Compelling Pictures

2011      The Artist Magazine, June Issue, Judth Fairly, “Believing the Illusion”

2010       American Artist Drawing Magazine, Fall cover and article, Austin Williams, "Dramatic Shadows and Subtle Meanings”

2010       American Art Collector, August issue, “Variety of Life”

2010       International Artist Magazine, Aug/Sept issue, “PSOA 12th Annual Award Winners Showcase”,

2010       7th International ARC Salon Catalog, Best Portrait

2009      Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Catalog 2009, National Portrait Gallery

2009      Strokes of Genius 2, Northlight Book Publications

2009      The Waichulis Studio Drawing Clinic: First Steps DVD

2009      6th International ARC Salon Catalog, Top Finalists-Drawing

2008      The Artist's Magazine, December issue "Success via Simplicity"

2008      2008 Biennial, American Contemporary Realism exhibition catalog, Ft Wayne Museum of Art

2008      American Artist Magazine Online, June issue, David Kassan. "Looking at Drawings: My Mother by Kate Sammons”

2008      American Artist Drawing Magazine, summer issue, “Cover Competition Winners”

2008      5th Annual ARC Salon Catalog , "Top Finalists, Drawing"

2007      International Artist Magazine, December issue, Lauren Harris, "Ateliers, A Classical Tradition in the Modern World"

2007      The Artist's Magazine, December issue, "Winners of the 24th Annual Art Competition"

2007      International Artist Magazine, October Issue, "International Portrait Competition Showcase of Honor Awards"