Kathleen McDonald

Photography Facility Coordinator & Lecturer

Kathleen McDonald is a West Indian multidisciplinary artist who creates installations in the themes of identity, culture, memory, and immigration. McDonald’s work uses aspects of the Caribbean including flora, mythology, and poetry to touch on mother/daughter relationships, question one’s relationship to place and past and reclaim lost histories. McDonald is trained in a variety of textile techniques, photography, printmaking, painting and metal fabrication and casting which are often used in their work.

McDonald received dual BFA degrees in Pictorial Art and Photography, and holds a Master of Fine Arts from San Jose State University. They have worked for non-profit and small art organizations educating and inspiring creativity in youth of varying ages. Since 2014, McDonald has taught at a number of higher education institutions in the Bay Area such as West Valley College, and Academy of Art University, to name a couple. Currently, McDonald is the Photography Facility Coordinator at San Jose State University where they also teach photography courses.

McDonald maintains a studio practice in San Jose California and has exhibited in places such as New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Iran. McDonald has work permanently installed at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Credit Union, Barbados (Commissioned 2016), and their work has been featured for consecutive years in The Back Woman is God exhibition, most recently in the The Black Woman is God: Divine Revolution at SOMArts (2017).

kathleen.mcdonald@sjsu.edu408 924-4623Ducan Hall 401B/402



Course Offerings:

Spring 2024:
PHOT 110 – Black & White Photography

Fall 2024: