Kate Hollett is an award-winning graphic designer whose parallel career as a fine artist has grown exponentially over the last ten years. She has worked in a variety of mediums, ranging from traditional painting to collage, poetry, and most recently video. Her paintings, which have been called "powerful, emotionally and intellectually complex," have graced galleries in Toronto, New York, Martha's Vineyard and Bari (Italy), and are in numerous private and corporate collections, including those of former President Bill Clinton, Hugo Boss, Deloitte & Touche, and Hicks Morley.
In 2001, Hollett created the "I Love You" exhibit, which showcased a series of works inspired by the death of Hollett's mother. The series was based on the many aspects of love and attracted coverage from NOW Magazine, CBC and BRAVO!, which produced and aired a short feature on the exhibition. The show traveled to Martha's Vineyard and ultimately to New York City. In 2002, Hollett remounted the show at the Lonsdale Gallery and created a video, "I Love You Over and Over", which has just been selected to play at the opening night of the Detroit International Video Festival as part of the "Best of Show". The video will become part of the Museum of New Art's permanent collection in Detroit, and will play at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival in Germany in May 2003.
Hollett, who considers her work a "guiding light" to help her understand and create perspectives on personal challenges, social conditions, and world events, also believes strongly in personal philanthropy. She created "Letters for Literacy," a fine art show and auction which raised $90,000 in April 2002 for literacy programs in Regent Park, a low-income housing complex in Toronto. As well, she created "Mayday", an art/fashion event in conjunction with Hugo Boss Women and the Edward Day Gallery, which helped raise money for the homeless. Hollett has also been an active volunteer for Unicef, the Dancer Transition Resource Centre, the Artists' Health Centre, Raising the Roof (Solutions for the Homeless) and the Canadian Woman's Foundation.