Friedenberg began her professional career as a veterinary
surgeon in England, and came to the United States, on
a Thouron scholarship, studying human and equine orthopaedics
at the University of Pennsylvania.
Following marriage, and
study at a commercial art school, she spent several years
doing medical and veterinary illustration, including
illustrating three books.
Sculpting began at night
school, but soon became a full-time occupation.
Further study with Zenos and Evangelos Frudakis resulted
in a more structured and classical approach, and her
veterinary background gives her unexcelled understanding
of animal anatomy and movement.
are the favourites, in a wide range of human and animal
subjects. She is actively involved with the American Academy of Equine Art, having been Vice-President and Director of Education. She also conducted an annual workshop of equestrian sculpture, under their auspices for over twenty years, from 1992, at the Kentucky Horse Park, and in several other states. In 2003 she taught the first of the
Academy's workshops at the University of Pennsylvania's
School of Veterinary Medicine at New Bolton Center. In 2018 Kathleen was elected "Dean of Sculpture".
Winning the Academy's
"Award of Excellence" for three consecutive
years, AND MORE, as judged by fellow equestrian artists, was a
In 2002 and 2003, she
also taught classes, in sculpture of the horse, at the
Scottsdale Artist's School in Arizona, and in 2016 and 2017, at Brookgreen Gardens, S. Carolina.
Kathleen is a member
of various other art groups, including the Society of Animal
Artists and a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, winning
numerous awards, including Medal of Honor at both
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and the American Artists
Professional League, in New York.
has appeared on the cover of The Chronicle of the Horse
over twenty times, and
she was featured in "Equine Images" magazine in the Fall 1989 issue, "Spur" magazine in July/August
1996, Kentucky Horse Park's magazine, "Discover
Horses", Fall/Winter, 2003, "Hunt" magazine in 2004 and "Horses in Art" magazine, Summer 2008. Kathleen was the featured artist in National Sculpture Society's "Sculpture News" in 2013 and she was selected to appear in Daphne S. Landis' beautiful book, "Speaking for Themselves - The Artists of Southeastern Pennsylvania."
Kathleen is particularly
known for the accuracy and vitality in her work.
"If it isn't alive, I've failed!"