22 7/8” x 13 7/8”, casein on canvas
Painter Katharine Steele Renninger was interested in objects: their structure, forms and patterns. The objects tended to be common: egg beaters, baby carriages, orange crates, or gingerbread molding on a Victorian house. Often the groupings created abstract patterns using the themes of repetition and the effects of light and shadow.
She was an active supporter of the arts in Bucks County. She had a solo exhibition at the William Penn Museum in Harrisburg in 1975 and was honored as Distinguished Pennsylvania Artist award the same year. She was awarded numerous prizes including Purchase Prizes at the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1978) and at the Woodmere Art Museum (1968); as well as four prizes from the National Society of Painters in Casein. A founding member of the Board of Trustees, Renninger has been the subject of two retrospective exhibitions at the James A. Michener Art Museum, the first in 1995, and again in 2016.
Penny and Warren Wood