• CV


    University of California, Berkeley Fall 2012 - Spring 2015

    B.A. in Practice of Art, B.A. in English. G.P.A. 3.66

    Group Exhibitions

    “JET Artist Showcase,” Ruby Room, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan March 2016

    “2015 Senior Class Exhibition”, Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley, CA May 2015

    “Art Warriors,” Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley, CA March 2015

    “Inhabiting Blurred Divides”, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA November 2014

    “Dia de Los Muertos”, Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley, CA November 2014

    “The Self”, Art School X, UC Berkeley, CA October 2014

    “Trap x Art”, 111 Minna, San Francisco, CA August 2014

    “August Artist Showcase”, The Pig & the Pickle Ale Industries, Concord, CA August 2014

    “Bridging the Arts”, Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley, CA May 2014

    “Artist’s Annual”, Kala Gallery, Berkeley, CA April 2014

    “Kalassal”, Kala Gallery, Berkeley, CA September 2013


    Lauren Krikorian Award for Creativity and Community Spring 2015

    UC Berkeley Award for Excellence in Painting Spring 2015

    UC Berkeley Award for Excellence in Art Education Spring 2015

    Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize (Declined) Spring 2015

    NCWCA Young Curatorial Grant Fall 2014

    AmeriCorps Educational Award for Public Service Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

    Art Teaching Experience

    Welcome Tokyo April 2015 - Present

    Painting Workshop Lecturer and Organizer Shinjuku, Tokyo


    Camp Galileo Summer 2015

    Lead Art Instructor Tiburon, CA


    Bridging the Arts Spring 2013 – Spring 2015

    Art Instructor for 4th/5th grade and special education

    Program Coordination Assistant

    - Coronado Elementary School Richmond, CA

    - Helms Middle School San Pablo, CA

    - Hoover Elementary School Oakland, CA


    Cal C.R.E.A.T.E. Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

    Art Instructor for kindergarten and 6th/7th grade

    - Le Conte Elementary School Berkeley, CA

    - Willard Middle School Berkeley, CA

  • About


    Born in Oakland, California in 1988, Kathleen Yarnold is a mixed media portrait artist. Raised in the East Bay, she had an interest in art from an early age. She enjoyed exploring art through classes in her public junior and senior high schools, local community colleges, art centers, and eventually majored in studio arts at the University of California, Berkeley. She received two B.A. degrees, in Studio Arts and English, in 2015.


    Throughout university, her art practice was rooted in a deep connection to her home community. She carefully and thoughtfully crafted detailed oil portraits of her family, friends, and loved ones. She voluntarily taught youth art classes to hundreds of public school students and students with special needs across the East Bay and founded a group, the Berkeley Young Women’s Artist Collective, to provide exhibition opportunities to her fellow university classmates. Curated and organized by Kathleen, the collective had their first exhibition at Arc Gallery, San Francisco in 2014, which featured Kathleen’s work along with three other artists. Whether painting powerful images of the women around her or teaching youth the skills to express their own voice, her practice was centered on empowering herself and others through art.


    Despite this passion for and engagement with her home community, Kathleen left the East Bay for the first time in 2015 to pursue new experiences abroad. She now lives and works in Tokyo. Her art practice now centers on developing community across linguistic and cultural barriers. Continuing to lovingly create portraits, she explores and deepens her budding relationships with those around her through the portrait-making process. Changing her living and working situation has led her to experimenting with new mediums and styles, developing an artistic voice that lays somewhere between classical Western painting and graphic Japanese design.

    Kathleen currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. She teaches therapeutic painting classes and recently participated in a group exhibition at Ruby Room, Minato-ku.

  • Contact

    Open for commissions, workshops, and events.