Katie St. Clair
Whether deep in a cave or hiking over a volcanic mountain, Katie gathers inspiration from the rich sensations of living or dying life, the crunching of pine nettles under foot or the specific texture of lichen on stone. These perceptions inform her subject matter and working methods in the studio. Katie’s paintings reveal themselves as complex layers of paint, experimental processes, collage material and photographs that reflect upon the natural world. She also has extensive experience with interdisciplinary artwork created in partnership with a wide range of collaborators from different fields: doctors, community leaders, writers, scientists, sociologists and naturalists.
Katie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and her Master of Fine Arts from the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. After graduation, she was awarded the artist in residence at Albion College, ‘The Visiting Teaching Fellow’ and residency at the Burren College of Art in Ireland and taught as visiting professor at Albion College. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Art specializing in painting and drawing at Davidson College.
Katie’s paintings have exhibited nationally and internationally at the Burren College of art in Ireland, Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, and the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago to name a few. She received Best in Show at the 95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, curated by the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, for a large-scale triptych painting titled Swillind. Christopher Knight, art critic for the Los Angeles Times and a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism, selected the award winners.