Kimberly Joy Trathen

Currently lives and works in Thomas, WV.
She is a contemporary textile artist and founder/co-founder of three artistic initiatives:
Backstitched Design – a solo design studio;
Gradient Projects – an artist-run project space;
Studio Holler – a collaborative textile studio.


2023 Group exhibition “How Close is that to Richmond” – School of Art & Design, Marshall University, Huntington, WV
2023 Group exhibition “Crosscurents” – Stifel Fine Arts Center, Wheeling, WV
2023 Group exhibition “Tiny City Works” – Love Hope Center for the Arts, Fayetteville, WV
2022 Group exhibition “Juliet Art Museum Invitational” – Clay Center, Charleston, WV

2022 Solo exhibition “Ravel • Unravel” – Gradient Project Space, Thomas, WV
2021 Group exhibition “Tiny Trifecta 4” – 2nd Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
2021 Group exhibition “Tiny City Works” – Ice House Gallery, Berkley Springs, WV
2020 Group exhibition “Building” – Various galleries, Thomas WV
2020 Work published in Gallery 35 in West Virginia Art Works Magazine
2019 Group exhibition “Works in Progress” – Off-white Studios, Thomas, WV
2019 Group exhibition “In Solidarity” – Off-white Studios, Thomas, WV
2018 Solo exhibition “Dutchman’s Puzzle” – Gradient Project Space, Thomas, WV
2018 Solo exhibition “Dutchman’s Puzzle” – Apartment Earth, Charleston, WV
2018 Group exhibition “Home makers” – Sleeth Gallery, Buckhannon, WV
2018 Group exhibition: “Tamarack Foundation Showcase” – Federal Court House, Charleston, WV
2017 Group exhibition “Snap, Crackle, Pop” – Apartment Earth, Charleston, WV
2017 Solo exhibition “Selected works” – La Vitrine, Brussels, Belgium
2017 Group exhibition “Art|Green|Design” – Headley Whitney Museum, Lexington, KY
2016 Solo exhibition “Abstract Histories” – Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV
2015-16 Solo exhibition “Abstract Histories” – B&L Gallery, Thomas, WV
2015 Solo exhibition “Abstract Histories” – White Room, Thomas, WV
2014 Group exhibition “Myth” – White Room Art Gallery, Thomas, WV
2013 Group exhibition “In the Cave” – The Room Gallery, Rome, Italy


2020 New River Gorge Create Residency Fellow, Fayetteville, WV


2013 – 2018 Studied under: Eric Beauduin (Fashion Designer, Tailor, and Master Bag Designer)- Brussels, Belgium
2005 – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven – Master of Culture and Development Studies Areas of focus: Consumption patterns and Ecological Development
2002 – Michigan State University – Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, major in Music & Anthropology, minor in French language.