Katharine Kreisher graduated from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY in 1971, earning an MA in 1981 and an MFA in 1986 from the University at Albany, SUNY where she studied with photographer Phyllis Galembo. Since 1982 Kreisher has been directing the photography program at Hartwick College in Oneonta NY where she has also taught printmaking. In support of her work as an artist, she was named Arkell Hall Endowed Chair of the Arts, Professor of Art at Hartwick 2008-2011. She divides her time between Schenevus, NY and Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
Permanent collections include the Center for Photography at Woodstock (NY) and the Albany Institute of History and Art (NY). She has been published in Elements of Photography by Angela Faris Belt (Focal Press, 2008 and 2011), BOMB magazine and Phoebe, the women's studies journal at SUNY Oneonta.
Kreisher presented solo exhibitions, "Sense of Self" at Arkell Museum in Canajoharie NY and "Dream Desert" at RioBravoFineArt in Truth or Consequences, NM. Recent exhibitions include Quay School of Art, Wanganui, New Zealand, Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, CA, Northlight Gallery at Arizona State University in Tempe AZ, Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute in Utica, NY and Union University in Schenectady NY. Past venues include the Woman's Building in Los Angeles, Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI and galleries in Denver, New York City, Minneapolis, Rochester and elsewhere.
Curator Rachel Seligman of Union University wrote: "Employing techniques from pinhole cameras to digital processes in her work, Katharine interrogates her own identity and sense of self in the world, and explores how these things can shift, shatter and reassemble over a lifetime."