Katherine Gordon has been studying art and painting since 1973, with artists/teachers such as Diane Jones, Tasso Pitsiri and Scott Christensen. Early in her career, she received awards from Young Talent in Oklahoma, the Barkhouras Foundation, and Oklahoma Governor George Nigh. At the University of Oklahoma, she scored the highest grade ever given on the comprehensive humanities final in the Liberal Studies Program (demonstrating knowledge of the subjects of visual arts, architecture, music, literature, and philosophy). Gordon was awarded the prestigious Faculty Scholarship for her final seminar in Liberal Studies based on her academic performance. (Only one such scholarship per year is awarded.) The seminar topic was “Learning, Intelligences and the Gifted and Talented.”
She gained her first gallery experience at Quail Hollow Galleries in Oklahoma City, which later became Michael Wigley Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico (a gallery focusing on museum-quality work such as that of the Taos Founders, Pueblo potters and the estate of Eric Sloane). She returned to Oklahoma to continue her studies and also founded Santa Fe Studios, a private art school in Norman, Oklahoma, where she and other noted artists (such as Dennis Parker, Todd Cloe and Pamela Bradford) taught classes for adults and children.
A show of her work in Dallas, Texas, was the subject of a documentary produced by Jerri Howell of OUTV (in 1994). That same year, Gordon was nominated for the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in the fine arts by Professor Victor Koshkin-Youritzen and Dr. Avraham Shermann. During that time, she wrote and illustrated The Mechanics of Art, a textbook now in its third publication. This foundation text has also been translated into the French language.
Gordon was selected as one of the “Magnificent Seven” artists by Bricktown Gallery in Oklahoma City in 1997, and her work has been shown in a number of other exhibits. These include one-woman shows at the Kirkpatrick Gallery at the Omniplex Museum, Oklahoma City, and the Post Memorial Art Reference Library, Joplin, Missouri. One of her paintings, “Tatiana,” was selected as the flagship piece of the Oklahoma State Permanent Collection displayed in the Betty Price Galleries in the Capitol building.
Don Finch, Vice President at the Omniplex Museum, was quoted in The Edmond Sun as saying,
“Katherine Gordon has developed a reputation…as a fine artist as well as a promoter for the arts in general. She is actively involved in several arts organizations and also spends a great deal of time helping others cultivate their artistic talents.”
Also in 1997, Gordon received a commission for a large mural to be used as a backdrop in a music video for country singer Toby Keith.
Her work has also been seen/featured in publications such as The Daily Oklahoman, The Oklahoma Gazette, The Metro Norman, The Norman Transcript, The Mustang News, Oklahoma Entertainment News Magazine, Nichols Hills Magazine and SouthWest Art Magazine. Gordon has donated original artwork to benefit organizations such as the Oklahoma City Art Museum, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Ballet Oklahoma, Southern Nazarene University, the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, The Dallas Symphony and Kansas City Public Television, among others.
Gordon was appointed by Mayor Bill Nations as Cultural Delegate to Clermont-Ferrand, France, in connection with Norman, Oklahoma’s “Sister City” program. She has toured France twice. One of her paintings hangs in the collection of the President of the Universite d’Auvergne.
A short documentary about her work appeared on “About the Arts,” a nationally-syndicated television program aired by WGBH, Boston, in 2002.
Gordon spent nine months traveling and painting in her family’s homeland of Scotland during 2003. She has also traveled widely in other parts of Europe and North America.
From 2005-2009 she lived in Kansas City, Missouri, where her work has been selected by jury for the “Urban/Suburban” show, and she had two one-woman shows during Kansas City’s famous “First Fridays” event. Gordon’s work was also featured in one-woman shows at Crown Center, Husch Blackwell Sanders, LLP, and the offices of Dr. Mindy Brown. Art Calendar Magazine published her article “Setting Up Your Studio” in February of 2007.
Gordon moved to Eastland, Texas in August of 2009. Her paintings took first place in four categories at the Salado Wineries’ “Uncorked!” juried show in 2010 and won two more awards there in 2011. She had a one-woman show at the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council in Stephenville, Texas, and another at the Killeen Convention Center. Her work can be seen at Brennan Vineyards in Comanche, the La Quinta Hotel in Eastland, Texas, and Seton Hospital in Harker Heights, Texas. Since moving to Eastland she has continued to advocate for arts education and has founded the Eastland County Arts Incubator, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation to provide ongoing art instruction in the area.
In 2018, Katherine Gordon moved to Ardmore, Oklahoma, where she opened Gordon Galleries, located at 21 North Washington Street, in the heart of the Paradise Alley Cultural District.
“Gordon has in large measure what Robert Henri calls the ‘art spirit.’ Her sensitivity to design and color and her patient devotion to technique give a limitless range of expression. To be free and unlimited obviates any concern for what may be the current fad. Viewing her work…brings the same thrill and wonderment I find in the presence of great art of any period that produced great artists. Degas comes to mind.”