Kathleen Sidwell was born in 1946 in Denver, Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado and earned her BA in History, minoring in Philosophy and Education. In the early 80's, she was a student at Southern Methodist University and was a BFA candidate and a Special Student in Sculpture and Printmaking. Continuing her education in 1991, she attended Bershire School of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Massachusetts, studying large scale monotypes, video, and installation art. Kathleen's continuing thirst for knowledge led her to Bellevue Community College, where she received a Certificate in Public Art.